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MA in Law Enforcement, Security and Intelligence Studies

Course Description

Course outline

This degree aims to deliver an understanding of the contemporary security and intelligence environment in western democracies, focusing particularly on the law enforcement environment in the UK. Start dates are available in January, April and September.

There is a national and international need for graduates to acquire the skills to analyse security and intelligence matters. Emphasis is placed on relating academic and historical analyses to contemporary problems and policy questions especially in the UK but also to western states in general. This course uniquely uses a degree of “practice” expertise within those delivering the programme.

This MA is aimed at both those seeking professional skills and those requiring a more general grounding in this subject. Graduates will be able to demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of security and intelligence issues. For the Law Enforcement intelligence community in particular, this programme offers one component of “professionalisation” within the growing and increasingly significant career pathway of intelligence within the overall arena of policing in the contemporary UK.

The five modules and dissertation on an agreed topic fit together to deliver a strong contemporary security and intelligence focus for students by:

- providing a robust theoretical model, or argued thesis in which a student’s research, reading and writing may be placed;
- outlining and examining the key priority geopolitical threats facing the UK;
- exploring the context in which security and intelligence agencies and the law enforcement intelligence sector are required to operate.

Drawing on the extensive practitioner experience of some of the fellows of the University of Buckingham Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (BUCSIS), it examines carefully and in detail the security and intelligence tradecraft and machinery which interface with these threats, paying due attention to a number of plans for reform both in the UK and beyond.

Find out more about our Department of International Studies http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/economics-international.


BUCSIS was established in 2008 as a world-class centre for research into the key Security and Intelligence issues facing the UK and the world in the 21st century. The Centre is headed by a leading academic in the field, Professor Anthony Glees, and is supported by a research and teaching team led by Dr Julian Richards, a Security Studies specialist with a long experience of working in the UK government on defence and security policy issues. More information about BUCSIS.

Apply here http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/humanities/ma/law-enforcement-security-intelligence.

Visit the MA in Law Enforcement, Security and Intelligence Studies page on the University of Buckingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alexandre Vincent

"My Master at The University of Buckingham was an amazing intellectual experience. The University has a unique approach in terms of relationship between teachers and student. The close relationship allows student to benefit from a deeper understanding of the concepts studied, thus better quality of work delivered."

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Sagir Musa

"The University of Buckingham is indeed a centre of academic excellence! The library, computers and internet services as well as the content and quality of education is superb. Its academic and non-academic staff are hospitable and dutifully but politely uncompromising. The environment/ the location is not only serene but is also naturally suitable for learning."

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Bright Owusu Gyasi

"My experience in Buckingham was nothing short of an extraordinary experience, this experience was the one that served as the stepping stone for my future accomplishment, and the foundation for the setting up of my own policy think tank in Ghana with a branch in the United States, dubbed (Mamas Foundation-Centre for Diplomacy and Policy think tank)
The MA global affairs and diplomacy with international law was hugely stimulating, the department has innovative programme in intelligence and security, which comes with strong practised oriented content prioritising the development of strong analytical skills.
The contacts I gained from Buckingham has come not only as friends, but part of my network of associates whose knowledge and expertise I can chanced upon.
To me Buckingham is more than just a place for academics, it’s a place to be challenged, a place to be stretched, and a place to grow not only academically but also socially and all spheres of human endeavours. Academically Buckingham has challenged me to go beyond what I thought I was capable of doing, the school connected me to wonderful mentors who encouraged me to be creative, confident and curious, among them were diplomats, international lawyers, prominent UK politicians, global security experts just to mention but a few.

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Kimberly Gamez

"I have chosen to apply in the programme MA in Global Affairs because pursuing a higher education in this field made me realise that my passion lies in the in-depth studies about other countries and the role they play in the international community.

During the course of my study at The University of Buckingham, I have found MA in Global Affairs to be the most fulfilling elements in which I envision myself to belong to someday. My interest in this field grew as we progressed in our learning experiences; and was motivated by our professors. I believe that the knowledge I will acquire in this endeavour will better prepare me for a career in global affairs.

The months that I have spent at The University of Buckingham were absolutely one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I can say that I have no regrets in my decision to go abroad for my Masters degree. Everything was a learning experience for me. The professors and staff in my department were all so accommodating; and were so kind to me. For me, I found Global Affairs to be the most fulfilling elements

I highly recommend The University of Buckingham because it gives me great comfort to know that I live and study in a safe and secured environment. Furthermore, the University gives quality education and the class sizes are small, which is good because the professor – student ratio and the sense of community spirit helps promote a condition conducive to learning."


Postgraduate first class scholarship - No. of awards TBC

A first class scholarship is available to both home and international students following a taught postgraduate degree at the University. The scholarship will reduce tuition fees by 33%.

Value of Scholarship(s)

% discount


The scholarship will be automatically awarded to applicants who already have a first class honours degree that is recognised to UK standard.

Application Procedure

The scholarship will be automatically awarded to applicants who meet the criteria.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The minimum entry level required for this course is a first or second-class honours degree from a recognised university or a recognised professional qualification with relevant work experience

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