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Course summary

The concept of security stretches from keeping assets safe to analysing how global events impact upon our lives then designing measures to address these needs. Our course provides the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience of practices previously only available within a few public sector professions. Course Overview Traditionally associated with law enforcement and the military the contemporary intelligence field merges skill sets gained in these environments with all aspects of the commercial world. Perceptions of investigation range from Sherlock Holmes to Line of Duty. The ‘real world’ viewpoint on this course is provided by practitioners and academics, providing a more accurate picture. The ability to identify and fill gaps of knowledge is a fundamental investigative requirement from crime to any other discipline requiring questions to be answered. Whether you are engaged in analysis, protective services, any part of the public sector or private business the elements of this course will feature in your professional and private life. This course provides the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience of practices previously only available within a few public sector professions. Investigative practice skills are widely sought by a wide range of employers. On this course you will:

  • Gain a professional and ethical understanding of how to recognise security risks in a variety of environments.
  • Learn to recognise intelligence gathering opportunities, access material and data in a legal and ethical manner.
  • Learn to analyse threat and design solutions needed to minimise them.
  • Explore investigative techniques and develop a detective skill set.
What you will learn You will identify the three threads (security, intelligence and investigative practice) this programme is built on. These three threads are interrelated and will help to further develop your understanding of the bigger picture of security, intelligence and investigative practice. You will learn to use these threads to solve problems in a multivariable environment. The modules build from introductory, enabling you to have a firm understanding through to a strategic international perspective in line with contemporary security, intelligence and investigative demands. Year One
  • Intelligence, Structures and Products
  • Managing Criminal Enquiries
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Operational Security
  • Cyber Security
  • Evolution of Threat
Year Two
  • Investigative Interviewing
  • Serious Organised Crime Investigations
  • Covert Operations
  • Security Risk Management
  • Digital Intelligence
  • Practical Action Research (optional module)
  • Forecasting Future Challenges (optional module)
Year Three
  • Global Threats and Risk Principles
  • Safeguarding Society
  • Freedoms and Protections
  • Extremism
  • Dissertation/ Work Based Project


Year one - Compulsory modules: Intelligence, Structures and Products, Managing Criminal Enquiries, Crime Scene Investigation, Operational Security, Cyber Security, Evolution of threat. Year two - Compulsory modules: Investigative Interviewing, Serious Organised Crime Investigations, Covert Operations, Security Risk Management, Digital Intelligence. Optional modules: Practical Action Research, Forecasting Future Challenges. Year three - Compulsory modules: Global Threats & Risk Principles, Safeguarding Society, Freedoms and Protections, Extremism, Dissertation/ Work based Project.

Assessment method

Coursework - may include written tasks and assignments, reports, dissertations, portfolios, project work - Year 1= 50% Year 2 = 60% Year 3 = 80%. Practical Exams - may include practical assessments, oral assessments or presentations - Year 1= 40% Year 2 = 30% Year 3 = 20%. Written Exams - formal exams only - Year 1= 100% Year 2 = 10% Year 3 = 0%.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £10500 Year 1

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