Taught course

Intelligence and Security

University of Leicester · Department of Politics

Entry requirements

2:1 degree or its equivalent in Politics, History, International Relations or other related subjects. Equivalent relevant professional experience will be considered. IELTS 6.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language.

Months of entry

September, March

Course content

Intelligence and security issues are an increasing concern for politicians and analysts around the world. The demand for experts in the field is growing as a consequence. This course will equip you with an understanding of key concepts and debates in intelligence and security and the current state of knowledge in the field. It will enable you to apply this new knowledge to your own field, whether as a practitioner or academic.

You will look in depth at four major themes:

  • Key concepts and debates in intelligence;
  • intelligence collection and analysis;
  • intelligence failure;
  • intelligence ethics.

As well as a greater theoretical understanding of intelligence and security, this course looks at the subject from the perspective of civilian, military and police intelligence agencies as well as providing an insight into commercial intelligence activity, such as the provision of intelligence by private security companies and political risk analysis.

Combining world leading research by members of the Department of Politics and International Relations, and their practical experience in the field of intelligence, this degree will give you an opportunity to conduct advanced study on intelligence theory and practice.

The MA in Intelligence and Security will be especially beneficial to you if you are seeking professional development and/or enhanced employability working with intelligence in central government, the military, the police, private security sector, non-governmental organisations, the UN or other international organisations.

The distance learning MA in Intelligence and Security is the first course in Britain and only the second worldwide to be certified by the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE), an international organisation dedicated to expanding research, knowledge and professional development in intelligence education.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Social Science Distance Learning Hub
+44 (0)116 252 5164