University of Buckingham

Security, Intelligence and Cyber (2-year degree) University of Buckingham Degree level: Undergraduate

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The University of Buckingham is:
o Home of the 2-year degree – less cost and more focus
o Top for Teaching Quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide)
o Joint 4th in England for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey)
o Small group teaching focused – student:staff ratio of 11:1
o Flexible – start your course in September or January

Global politics and diplomacy in the 21st century are increasingly underpinned by questions of security, both as threat and as policy. Diplomats and decision-makers in government and business increasingly need to understand the complex dynamics of regional and global security, whether that be the complex dynamics of the Middle East; the resurgence of assertive powers in a multi-polar world; or domestic extremist movements, to name but a few. Processes of globalisation have taught us that two further developments are also critical. First, in order to survive and prosper in an uncertain world, all states need good intelligence on threats and adversaries. But how do intelligence capabilities properly interface with the business of government, especially in democratic states where security, privacy and accountability must be carefully balanced? Secondly, the twenty-first century is and will increasingly signify a world where the virtual and the physical become intertwined. The key managers and decision-makers of tomorrow will need to be very much at ease in the cyber realm, recognising both its opportunities and its threats. The intersection of technology, security and politics will become the essence of modern life.

This programme builds upon the success of the Centre of Security and Intelligence Studies at Buckingham (BUCSIS) which has established itself as one of the world leaders in educational provision in this subject area. Both the centre and the university at large offer a very diverse environment. With students coming to Buckingham from over 80 countries, it is an ideal situation to learn about matters of international concern and to discuss them with people from differing cultural backgrounds.

The programme is structured around a core set of modules, and two optional pathways, focusing respectively on politics and diplomacy; and foundational-level computing and cyber security.

Students wishing to pursue careers in security, intelligence, diplomacy, foreign affairs or business management will find this programme a unique and attractive foundation.

This is the 2-year, or 2-year (+ 1 term) format of the BA degree. You get the same number of teaching weeks as the 3-year degree, but complete the syllabus in a shorter time by working an extra summer term. This is for those who want to complete more quickly, and so begin their career, or progress earlier to further training or a higher degree. For those wishing to progress on to a Master’s or research degree, excellent options are available in the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (BUCSIS), with discounts for high-performing graduates.

Course details

Modules

Development and Security,
Terrorism and Counter Terrorism,
Foundations of Global Security and Intelligence,
Technology and National Security in a Cyber Age,
Key Developments in Security and Intelligence History,
National Security and Strategy in the Modern World,
Conflict, Crisis and Strategic Decision-Making,
Media, Society, Security and Cyberspace,
Political Psychology and Intelligence Analysis,
Research Design and Method,
Security, Intelligence and Policy-Making,
Diplomacy in the Modern Age,
Introduction to Political Thought,
International Law and Organisations in Global Security,
The New International Society,
Political Risk Analysis,
Introduction to Computer Systems,
Principles of Computer Networks,
Information Security,
Cloud Computing,
Technologies for Business Intelligence.

Assessment method

Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures supported by seminars and tutorials. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups which provide the most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal. It is also the philosophy of Buckingham’s faculty to be available to students outside the scheduled tutorial times and to encourage good working relationships between staff and students.
The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two. Please check module information for more details.


How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code L129
Institution code B90
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBC
Scottish Higher BBBB
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 31 points
Scottish Advanced Higher BBC

Applicants must also have GCSE English and Maths at Grade C / Grade 4, or above (or equivalent).


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 Average of 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component)

Applicants must also have GCSE English at Grade C / Grade 4, or above (or equivalent).


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £25,200 Whole course
EU £25,200 Whole course
International £35,600 Whole course
England £25,200 Whole course
Northern Ireland £25,200 Whole course
Scotland £25,200 Whole course
Wales £25,200 Whole course

Additional fee information

Home Students: The University of Buckingham is an alternative provider because we do not receive annual funding through the UK funding councils. Buckingham students are eligible for support from Student Finance England towards their studies: (1) An annual repayable Tuition Fee Loan of £7,400 (for accelerated programmes - from September 2019) £6,165 (for non-accelerated programmes - from September 2019) paid direct to the University. Students are responsible for paying the remaining balance to the University for each term’s fees. (2) An annual repayable Maintenance Loan to help with living costs (the amount awarded is dependent on household income). This is paid directly to you after registration. The undergraduate fees can be found on our website at: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/fees/

Provider information

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University of Buckingham
Hunter Street
Buckingham
MK18 1EG


Clearing contact details

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Course contact details

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Security and Intelligence Admissions