London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

More than ever before, national governments, international agencies and major corporations recognise the need for personnel with a strong grasp of intelligence and security issues who can also demonstrate exceptional skills of research and analysis. This postgraduate intelligence and security studies distance learning programme is taught in partnership with Informa via their online learning platform. It will equip you to analyse these types of problems and help you to place them in the context of broader military, strategic and political considerations. You will gain a solid academic grounding in the fields of security studies, terrorism and intelligence and you'll gain critical thinking skills needed to make sense of the ever'changing global security agenda. These skills will enable you to engage with institutions and individuals central to this area. During your studies you will explore emerging paradigms within intelligence studies, security and security studies and analyse justifications for the increasing 'securitisation' of social life. You will have the opportunity to assess important security and intelligence events and issues of the 20th and 21st Centuries and connect the conceptual basis of the discipline to some of the practical issues facing the international system. You will also review some of the emerging security threats and issues pertaining to law enforcement, government agencies and the private sector. These include a critical view of threats from terrorism, organised crime, radicalisation and intelligence failures and an assessment of security strategies such as horizon scanning.

Course Modules

The modules studied are as follows: Security studies; intelligence analysis; contemporary issues in crime, safety and security; terrorism and counter'terrorism; history of intelligence (lessons learned); international financial crime and security; intelligence and security studies dissertation.

Course Additional Entry

You will be required to have a relevant 2nd Class Honours degree or overseas equivalent qualification. Alternatively a graduate level professional qualification and suitable work experience (such as policing, security or military work) may be accepted. Where English is a second language you will be required to demonstrate a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 575.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Distance Learning
MSc (Postgraduate) £9,450  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Distance Learning
PgDip £6,350  Academic year. First year home fees