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Intelligence and International Security (Certificate, Diploma, MSc)

Course Description

Since the terrorist ‘spectaculars’ of the early 2000s intelligence has moved from being a niche element of the security landscape to an aspect of state activity that is referred to by the media on a daily basis. As such, intelligence has become an area of government activity that the public believes it understands. The reality is, however, that the media coverage is partial and often misleading.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sbe/executive-education/programmes/accredited/iis/

About the Programme

This course aims to provide an opportunity to study intelligence and international security in an empirically grounded, practical and serious way, equipping students to apply these skills in related or complementary areas. The Intelligence and International Security course is specially designed to appeal to those working in security and defence communities, government ministries and related corporate sectors, drawn from domestic and international markets.

The course offers the opportunity to study intelligence and international security covering topics such as security, private security, corporate intelligence, government and policing, alongside general management such as management of skills, organisational behaviour and managing risk. Furthermore, the distinctive elements of the programme will add value to those who sit within emergency management roles and who wish to become informed about the security challenges present in the international system and possible intelligence-led responses to them.

The programme’s specific aims are to:
- Promote knowledge and understanding in the subject of intelligence and international security as a co-joined disciplinary concern.

- Provide advanced training where an opportunity is afforded for intelligence and security professionals to bring together professional expertise and growing academic abilities.

- Promote intelligence and international security as serious subjects for academic study within security, private security, corporate intelligence, government and policing industries.

- Enhance the self-esteem of the participating students and to establish intelligence and security as relevant (and connected) disciplines within the corporate environment in order that it might rank alongside other management disciplines.

- Assist individuals with career development, advancement of their professional competence and standing, and their lifelong learning.

- Provide an opportunity for intelligence and security professionals from uniformed, corporate intelligence and public sector backgrounds to migrate into or further embed into the corporate and private sector security domains.

- Provide a unique academic qualification in intelligence and international security, that brings together professional expertise and academic disciplines relevant to this interdisciplinary field.

- Assist with entry into security representative bodies, for example The Security Institute, Association of Security Consultants, and to assist in gaining Fellow status. To similarly assist with entry into professional networks with a view to expanding the employability and commercial traction of the candidate in their post-graduation professional life.

The programme represents a strong blend of the additional strengths of Loughborough University in approaching intelligence and international security from the strong foundations of the emergency management and crisis management and response strands that we have on campus. In doing so, it recognises the centrality of international imperatives, cooperation and coordination as a central feature of its programme design. The programme acknowledges and examines how intelligence and international security have become key issues in the lives of those engaged in operational and strategic management and indeed in business continuity. Alongside this, the study of intelligence has become a growing academic area of study over the last twenty years and the programme, which is designed and taught by internationally recognised experts in intelligence, security, risk, emergency and crisis management, offers a stimulating learning environment where academic and professional approaches to intelligence and international security are combined.


The programme runs over 12 months to 36 months depending on the qualification. There are three levels of qualification, each leading to the next – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.


The individual modules are delivered in what is known as block format. So, as opposed to the usual style of university courses which are two or three hours of contact time per week over a ten week term, these modules are delivered in four full working days of contact time, with then guided study, tutor contact, and deliverables rounding the module off.

Students will be taught – via innovative teaching techniques about the cornerstone concepts and practice of intelligence, risk, and emergency. Students will be given the opportunity to be involved in hands-on crisis and emergency simulations in order to provide a comprehensive academic and professional training experience in the field of intelligence and international security.


The programme has a wide array of assessment methods to allow students to highlight the best of their abilities.


Core Modules (Certificate, Diploma and MSc):
All students irrespective of their qualification aim will study the following modules:
- What is Resilience?
- Risk Management
- Concepts of International Crisis Management
- Cyber Security and the Management of Computer Related Crime (distance learning)

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sbe/executive-education/apply/

Visit the Intelligence and International Security (Certificate, Diploma, MSc) page on the Loughborough University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from a UK or recognised overseas University with a Second Class honours or equivalent. ; Applicants who have achieved the academic requirements for corporate membership of a British Chartered Professional Institute (equivalent to QCF level 6 or above). ; Applicants who hold any other relevant qualification or professional experience as determined by the Programme Director with a reasonable level of formal academic education.

Course Fees

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