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Course summary

Are you fascinated by global affairs? Do you wonder if businesses study their competitors and, if so, how? Do you love solving problems, working collaboratively analysing events, patterns or crimes? All of these are covered - and a great deal more - in this unique course. This course is offered as four-year programmes, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate programme. You’ll be taught by experienced professionals with decades of operational experience in the global security industry, the armed forces, police and government. And by the end, you’ll be ready for a wide range of roles in a vibrant and growing profession spanning opportunities in the police, armed forces, corporate security, insurance and financial sectors, retail analysis, the humanitarian sector and many more. The commercial intelligence sector is increasingly important , with new graduate jobs being created in the private and public sectors all the time. Whether you’re looking to start a career in intelligence, security and resilience, or if you already have some experience that you wish to build on with an academic qualification, this degree will expand your professional knowledge and your life skills such as public speaking, creating visual aids, research and critical analysis. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? This modern, industry relevant course will give you a unique body of knowledge and practical skills that you can apply to a wide range of future careers. We will help you to channel your natural curiosity about the world around you, teaching you a range of research and analytical techniques to get to the heart of any problem. At BNU, we are very connected with industry and public sector employers. You’ll learn from experienced professionals and we regularly welcome visiting speakers. We also visit organisations active in intelligence, security and resilience, giving you direct exposure to the real world. We continue to grow our placements offers, which are integrated into the course, and our network of industry connections will help you find summer internships and provide expert advice, encouragement and support as you transition to your chosen career. We will actively help you develop your communication skills, running workshops on public speaking and helping you become an accomplished presenter, as well as developing your online and written communication skills in workplace-related exercises. Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in both your first and second year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop beyond the boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers. What will I study? The programme uniquely blends well-established theory with future-proof enquiry, starting in the first year by introducing Intelligence, Security and Resilience, and encouraging you to examine how each has changed and is likely to develop in the future global context. From the second year, you can choose to specialise in areas that directly support your career choices and academic interests by selecting optional modules to create your own bespoke route through the course. All students will build on the foundation from year one and gain skills in structured analytical techniques. You can choose from optional modules in cyber security, corporate intelligence and security, espionage and counter-terrorism and business continuity management.


Foundation Year Core Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity Preparing for Success: Self-development and Responsibility Inquiry Based learning Fundamentals of Intelligence, Security and Resilience Year one Core Academic and Professional Development Introduction to Intelligence Introduction to Security Introduction to Resilience Global Intelligence, Security and Resilience Opportunity 2 x 10 credit year one Opportunity modules Year two Core Introduction to Structured Analytical Techniques Advanced Structured Analytical Techniques Research methods Optional Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Technology and Security Organisational Resilience Challenges: Preparation and Recovery Corporate Intelligence and Security Opportunity 2 x 10 credit year two Opportunity modules Year three Core Extended Independent Work Real World Application of Intelligence Security and Resilience Optional Operational Leadership Corporate Security Challenges Global Resilience Risk Management

Assessment method

This is a highly practical course with no exams. We focus instead on realistic professional assessments which prepare you for a fascinating career. You will generally study two modules per term, building up a good knowledge of the core subjects before being supported to apply this knowledge to more advanced real-world analysis as the course progresses. At the core of each module will be regular seminars led by a member of the programme team. Guest lectures from target employers will feature in most modules. You will be given considerable flexibility in your choice of assessment topics in order to support the development of your own individual areas of interest. As the programme develops, you’ll be assessed through group activities, (professional) report-writing, some essays, formal presentations, side-by-side briefs, technical skills demonstrations and reflective portfolios. In the final year, you will undertake an extended individual project (dissertation) on a topic of your choice.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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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
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15000* Year 1
International £15000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

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Intelligence, Security and Resilience with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS