University of Leicester

University of Leicester

Intelligence and Security

This course will equip you with an understanding of key concepts and debates in relation to intelligence and security and the current state of knowledge in the field, and also enable you to apply this in your own field, whether in a practitioner or academic context. Combining 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. As well as academic depth, this course will provide breadth by looking at intelligence from the perspective of civilian, military and police intelligence agencies as well as providing some insight into commercial intelligence activity, such as the provision of intelligence by private security companies and political risk analysis.

Entry requirements

1st or a good 2nd Class Honours degree from a British university or its equivalent, in politics, history, international relations or other related subjects. Applicants will need to meet the universities English language requirements.

Course modules

Modules include: Intelligence key concepts and debates; intelligence techniques and tradecraft; intelligence failure; intelligence ethics.

Assessment methods

You will take all 4 compulsory modules in sequence, followed by your dissertation. Between each module there will be a short break of 1-3 weeks; reassessments if required are undertaken after each module.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning £ 7,470 per Whole course (home fees) 2 years
MA Distance learning £ 7,470 per Whole course (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Distance learning £ 7,470 per Whole course (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Distance Learning

Key information

College of Social Science Distance Learning Team
Telephone number: 
0116 252 3978/5780