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Course summary

Security and Intelligence is a key contemporary global issue. The Security and Intelligence degrees develop confident, critical and digitally proficient analytical thinkers in the fields of intelligence, international security, diplomacy, policing, criminology and forensics. Our Security and Intelligence degrees will provide students with an intellectual understanding and pragmatic application of Security Studies, Intelligence Studies and Security Sciences in the analysis of relevant contemporary problems and international security issues. We have a suite of Security and Intelligence BA (Hons) and BSc (Hons) degrees. If you choose to study one of our BA (Hons) degrees, you’ll continue to delve into areas of intellectual understanding of a theoretical approach to security and intelligence but begin to focus more on analysis, the creation and representation of arguments, the communication of findings, and research design. You will cover a range of subject areas, including International Relations, History, Security Studies and Policing, Criminology, Sociology and Forensics. If you would prefer to take a more practical approach to security and intelligence, then please have a look at our BSc (Hons) Security and Intelligence degrees. The BA (Hons) Security and Intelligence with a Placement Year has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain work experience by taking a year-long placement in industry. The placement takes place between the second and final year of study. On successful completion, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Security and Intelligence.


Year 1 core modules: Introduction to International Relations, Information and Intelligence, Introduction to Investigation, Issues in Global Security, Introduction to Security Technologies, one option. Year 1 option modules: History of the United States or Analysis of Digital Evidence. Year 2 core modules: Designing Research Projects, Intelligence & Strategy, Human Rights and Global Security, Security Studies, International Society: From Westphalia to the Present, one option. Year 2 option modules: International Relations Theory, Northern Ireland: Conflict and Resolution, French Revolution and Napoleon, Gender History and Sexual Politics, Practical Methods of Criminal Investigation, Forensic Investigation Skills, Processing of Digital Evidence, Organised Crime, Firearms Investigation, Understanding Terrorism: Causes and Theories Year 3 – Placement Year Year 4 core modules: Security and Intelligence Project, Classified: The Intelligence Report, Governments and Intelligence Agencies, 40 credits of options. Year 4 optional modules: Contemporary Terror Movements: Classification and Response, Issues in European Security and Defence, Russian Security from the Tsars to Putin, Modern Italy and Mediterranean Politics, Climate Change, Water and Conflict, Nomads, Tribal Groups and the State, Intelligence-led Policing, Cyber Crime, Transnational Organised Crime, Mass Death Scenarios.

Assessment method

Assessment is varied, offering you the opportunity of working very much to your strengths. Each module includes a practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessment. Essays, portfolios, case study work, chronologies, primary source analysis, book reviews, individual assessed presentation, and assessed groups work are included in our assessment strategy.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £16750 Year 1
International £16750 Year 1

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Security and Intelligence (with a Placement Year) at Staffordshire University - UCAS