MA in Intelligence and Security Studies

Brunel University London

Program Overview

Intelligence and security policy issues are one of the fastest growing areas of academic and public concern. National governments, international agencies and international corporations need employees with a strong grasp of intelligence and security concerns who can also demonstrate first-rate skills of research and assessment.Intelligence and Security Studies at Brunel offers you a unique opportunity for practical, policy-oriented graduate study of intelligence issues across the private and public sectors around the world.

As part of the course, you’ll study a range of modules on campus over one year full-time or two years part-time, including participation in the Brunel Simulated Intelligence Analysis Exercise (BASE) on a real-world subject. The MA will allow you to demonstrate your ability to complete a substantial piece of intelligence and security research through a dissertation project. You will also be trained in Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) collection methods, for which you will receive a separate certificate.You’ll be taught by a dynamic team of multi-disciplinary and multi-lingual scholars, whose expertise covers matters from cutting-edge analytical techniques to scholarship on intelligence, the state, and society. Our scholars are policy-relevant, and frequently worth with colleagues in government.


LondonUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 21,470


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90

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  • Intelligence and Security Studies Dissertation
  • Intelligence History: Failure and Success
  • Contemporary Threats and Analytical Methodology
  • Intelligence Concepts, Issues and Institutions
  • A 2:2(or above) UK 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.

  • All applicants must submit the following documents when they apply : an up to date transcript; 1 academic reference; an up to date CV; a focussed personal statement showing interest and understanding of the course.

  • Applicants with other qualifications or with relevant work related experience will be considered on an individual basis.

  • Applicants will be interviewed by telephone or in person.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)

  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)

  • BrunELT: 63% (min 58% in all areas)

  • TOEFL: 90 (min 20 in all) 

International Fees Per Year

£21,470 full-time

The MA in Intelligence and Security Studies (MAISS) provides solid transferable skills in analysis and drafting, skills whose applicability cuts across a wide range of public and private pursuits. Students have had great success in seeking employment once they have completed their course. Many have come from, and then continue to work for, government agencies in the UK and abroad.

Within the UK, students with no service experience have gone on to work for the British Security Service, Defence Intelligence, the National Crime Agency, and other departments of government. Many students have noted that the innovative studies they undertook on programme were important topics of discussion in their interviews. Those already in Government employment have successfully used their MAs to leverage promotion or commissioning.

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