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MA Security and Intelligence Studies

Course Description

Course Outline

This programme aims to deliver a deep understanding of the contemporary security and intelligence environment in western democracies, with a focus on the UK. Security and Intelligence Studies are an important new field in political science but there is also widespread recognition that a good knowledge of how security and intelligence agencies operate; of the environment in which they operate; and of how their products are, and should be, used has become a key component of good and successful governance. 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, using a unique degree of practitioner-led expertise.

With regard to intelligence-led policy and practice, emphasis is placed on the very skills that the intelligence community itself has been urged to develop in the wake of the Butler Review on Intelligence on WMD. This specifically recommended the development of a greater degree of ‘professionalisation’ in intelligence analysis skills, including critical thinking and analysis (developed in part through an element of exercising and collaborative working on challenge problems), and a greater ability to evaluate and assess disparate sources of sometimes conflicting information. This programme is aimed at everyone who is interested in intelligence and security issues, whatever their career plans, but also at those who may be aspiring to work in the field of security and intelligence. It can also assist the career development of those already employed within that field.

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

Entry points

Entry to the course is available in January, April and September.

Teaching methods

Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures supported by seminars and tutorials. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups which provide the most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal. It is also the philosophy of Buckingham’s faculty to be available to students outside the scheduled tutorial times and to encourage good working relationships between staff and students.


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/securityandintelligence.

Visit the MA 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."

(Student Profile)

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."


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

First or Second class Honours degree or relevant experience

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