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Intelligence Analysis PG Cert (Distance Learning)

Course code

L290PINTANDI

Start date

October

Subject area

Politics and International Relations

Mode of study

9 months part-time (distance learning)

Fees

2021/22

UK £4,515

International £7,915

2020 changes

Click here to read about the changes we are making to our education delivery from September 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Overview

Intelligence and security policy issues are one of the fastest growing areas of academic and public concern. More than ever before, 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.

The Intelligence Analysis course 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.

The course is taught over nine months through a range of online resources that include journals, e-books, specialised tools in intelligence analyst and other materials such as government declassified documents.

You will connect to the a team of supportive academic staff through online tutorials during their office hours and take part in a week long residential course on campus consisting of workshops, presentations and exercises.

Highly committed and enthusiastic tutors combine broad-ranging expertise in areas such as cryptography, computer networking, imagery, intelligence analysis, economics and law, with the knowledge, skills and understanding to develop your academic and professional potential.

You will be taught by one of the UK’s most innovative scholars in intelligence and security studies: an expert on covert action and military intelligence doctrine, a specialist in structured analytic techniques and a former senior military imagery analyst.

These scholars are part of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies (BCISS) that produce important original research that is published worldwide and contributes to the success of government and business in the UK.

Graduates secure jobs in the private and public sector with most pursuing careers in intelligence and security studies. Those already in government employment find the course supports their promotion, commissions or provides new employment opportunities post-retirement.

Private sector opportunities are especially strong in analytical functions for the banking, resources and risk and security sectors.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

The Intelligence and Securities Studies PG Cert is structured around a core of four compulsory modules and one optional choice.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

This course can be studied 9 months part-time distance learning, starting in September.

Year 1

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

Within the UK, students with no service experience have gone on to work for the British Security Service, the Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Centres, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, and other departments of government. Many students have noted to us that the innovative studies they undertook on our programme were important topics of discussion in their interviews. Those already in Government employment have successfully used their degrees to leverage promotion or commissioning.

Students who have sought work in the private sector have likewise had success. Former BCISS students have gone to work for large banks conducting market analysis, to large oil-industry firms, to large consultancies such as McKinsey & Co, to specialist private analysis firms such as Olton. Indeed, Olton have had such success with our graduates that they have offered to fund a prize for the BCISS student who writes the best dissertation, annually.

Overall, BCISS students have had a strong record of success in the years after their degrees.

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UK entry requirements

  • 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.

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

Applicants will be interviewed.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min 20 in all)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 entry

UK

£4,515 full-time

International

£7,915 full-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

Fees for EU applicants- For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

As well as access to a wealth of materials online, the modules of the course will be taught through carefully structured pre-recording videos, followed by problem-based learning to help you engage in practical exercises, case studies and simulations.

You will also join your tutors and classmates at Brunel for a residential week of face-to-face learning where you will engage in workshops presentations and exercises.

This shorter course is ideal if you want to develop your knowledge and skills in intelligence and security studies without the need to complete a dissertation project.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

This course is assessed via three types of assignments. Firstly, you will complete a portfolio of short assignments to be submitted online, aiming to engage you with the key readings on a regular basis, gain frequent feedback from lecturers, and allowing you to interact with other students.

The second stage of assessment will be during the residential week on-campus, where you will take part in presentations and exercises, giving you an opportunity to test the arguments you wish to make in your final essay as you discuss with your peers and academics.

Finally, you will submit a final essay where you reflect on your learning throughout the course.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.