Taught course

Intelligence and Security Studies MA

Brunel University, London · Politics, History and the Brunel Law School

Entry requirements

A UK 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification with an understanding of the realities of academic intelligence and security study and the frameworks within which intelligence and security operations work.

Applicants with other qualifications or with relevant work related experience will be considered on an individual basis by the Admissions Tutor.

Applicants will be interviewed by telephone or in person.


Months of entry


Course content

Intelligence and security policy issues are now one of the fastest growing areas of academic and public concern, especially since '9/11' and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today more than ever before national governments, international agencies and most major international corporations have an identified need for staff with a strong grasp of intelligence and security issues who can also demonstrate first-rate skills of research and assessment.

Taught by the internationally respected scholars of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, backed up where required by practitioner expertise, the MA in Intelligence and Security Studies offers a unique opportunity for practical, policy-oriented graduate study of intelligence issues applicable across the private and public sectors around the world.

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This course will be of value to individuals seeking to go into security-oriented careers in both the private sectors, as well as to individuals engaged in the security professions who seek further qualifications and professional enhancement.

A distinctive feature of the course lies in its combining the rigorous study of intelligence and security policy studies with practical opportunities to develop intelligence skills through case studies and simulation exercises dealing with intelligence analysis.

Allied to the course, the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies is Britain's first academic centre dedicated to intelligence scholarship and policy-analysis. It includes one of Britain's most innovative scholars in the field, Dr Philip H J Davies. Dr Kristian Gustafson, an expert on covert action and military intelligence doctrine, is the current director of the programme. The former senior military imagery analyst, Geoff Oxlee, OBE, joined BCISS as an Honorary Fellow and completes the core team. Together, these scholars not only produce important original research, published worldwide, but actively contribute to the success of government and business in the UK.

This professionally-oriented course is offered on either a full-time basis, taught over two terms and a dissertation during the summer, or part-time basis taught over four terms with the dissertation completed within a year. We hope to be able to offer a distance learning option in the near future.The dissertation consists of a directed research project supervised by a member of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies.

Typical core modules (subject to change) include:
Intelligence Concepts: Issues and Institutions
Intelligence History: Failure and Success
Intelligence Analysis and Decision
Contemporary Threats and Analytical Methodology

Attendance for lectures full-time: two days per week - for 24 weeks
Attendance for lectures part-time: one day per week - for 24 weeks (in each of two years)

We are planning to offer Distance Learning facilities in the near future.

Information for international students

International students are welcomed. •IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas) •Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores) •BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas) Please visit our dedicated webpages at: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,500 full-time; £4,250 part-time
International students
£17,500 full-time; £8,750 part-time

Further information

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
30 months

Course contact details

Brunel Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1895 265599