Taught course

Law Enforcement, Security and Intelligence

Institution
University of Buckingham · Department of Economics and International Studies
Qualifications
MAPGCertPGDip

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

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.

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.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months

PGCert

full time
6 months

PGDip

full time
9 months

Course contact details

Phone
+44 (0)1280 820369
Fax
+44 (0)1280 822245