About this course
Examine key issues in intelligence, security and security studies at local, national and global levels.
This 100% distance learning programme is delivered in partnership KNECT365/Informa.
- Provides distance learning in Intelligence and Security Studies for full-time employees
- Enables students to make an original contribution to the discipline of Intelligence and Security Studies and the advancement of professional security practice
- Produces competent, informed reflectively and ethically competent students who have a developed academic understanding the key issues within Intelligence and Security Studies and the theories, which underpin the discipline
- Enables students to connect the conceptual basis of the disciplines to some of the practical issues facing the international system.
This programme aims to provide you with a critical view of threats from terrorism, organised crime, radicalisation and intelligence failures, as well as an assessment of security strategies such as horizon scanning.
During the programme, you will use reflection and analysis to understand and develop your own area of expertise within the fields of intelligence analysis, security studies and criminology. The course aims to provide an analysis of
important intelligence and security events and issues of the late 20th and 21st century and connects the practical basis of intelligence to the broader issues facing the international system.
The history of the role of intelligence, including success and failure using case studies and international examples, will also help you to contextualise the importance of the impact caused. In particular, you will focus on understanding and applying intelligence and analytical thinking to practical problems by looking at current and emerging security problems as well as evaluating potential solutions to these issues.
Fees and funding
How to fund your postgraduate study
You can enrol straight onto the Masters or you will be able to build up to the full Masters in future years if you enrol for the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma first.
An application fee of £400 is payable to KNect365 with your application to enrol. This fee must be paid before your application to enrol commences processing. For convenience the online KNect365 Learning registration form includes the ability to pay this fee securely by credit card in GBP, USD or EUR. On acceptance to the course, this application fee is deducted from the full course fee.
Note: The application fee will be refunded if your application for enrolment is rejected by Liverpool John Moores University on academic grounds. It is not refundable if your application is rejected due to incomplete information being provided, if you withdraw your application before all documents have been submitted or before acceptance.
Payment by instalments
There is an interest free instalment plan available. You may pay in 2 instalments for the Postgraduate Certificate, 4 for the Postgraduate Diploma and 5 for the Masters.
If you are a UK or EU national, or have UK ‘settled status’, have lived in the UK or the EU (or wider EEA) for the last 3 years, will be living on the UK on the first day of your course and haven’t been awarded a MSc, MA, MBA or PhD already, you may be eligible for a loan of up to £10,609 from the UK Government to study this course.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.
This programme is ideal for those seeking to enter into or advance their security and intelligence related careers in the public and private sectors, as well as professionals already engaged in such fields who seek to enhance
their knowledge, critical thinking and career prospects by undertaking further qualifications.
The course is also of special benefit to anyone wishing to work in security-orientated careers or gain promotion in public, private or international organisations. It is ideal for those whose career plans involve dealing with international security affairs and would benefit from a solid academic grounding in the field. The programme will also be of interest to students who seek to develop a deeper understanding of the key aspects of international relations and of the world in which we live.
Discover the building blocks of your programme
Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.
Security Studies (PgCert)
This two-part module addresses a number of fundamental issues, the most important of which defines what we actually mean by the concept.
This pursuit is dominated by debates between a variety of discourses: namely, those who seek to retain the discipline’s focus purely on military conflict and those who argue that in a globalised world Security Studies needs to be expanded to a consideration of economic, environmental as well as social issues. This module will seek to address these debates in the context of national and international security issues. It will show that the debates between the traditionalists and the advocates of “new thinking” are having a profound impact on the discipline as both military and non-military issues begin to compete for the attention of academics and policy elites.
Intelligence Analysis (PgCert)
This module considers what intelligence and analysis means: its overall role and its application to security related issues of law enforcement, governmental and international agencies, and the private sector. It deals with issues pertaining to the use of proactive intelligence and analysis.
International Financial Crime and Security (PgCert)
In an era of huge financial insecurity, this module looks at issues of crime within the international criminal system and dwells on emerging crimes. The module deals with the overall aspect and impact of financial crime in the context of the security of the financial system and wider security related issues, including financing of terrorism. Such fundamental issues will be deployed in horizon scanning of the potential macro-economic impact of illicit finances upon national economies, and the impact upon both the public and private financial sectors.
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (PgCert)
This module examines terrorism and political violence conducted by non-state actors. It is equally concerned to analyse counter-terrorism and other responses by the state, the security services and the police. It aims to explore the phenomena of terrorism, including the different historical definitions of terrorism, and the varying motivational factors for terrorist violence. It also aims to provide an overview of the different theoretical approaches to terrorism studies and an overview of the threat from ‘New Terrorism’ and the ‘War on Terror’. The module engages closely with key texts by leading scholars in terrorism studies, critical terrorism studies and pays special attention to criminological approaches to the subject.
History of Intelligence: Success and Failures (PgDip)
This module ensures you gain a holistic and contextual view of intelligence in national and regional contexts. It aims to enhance your awareness of the breadth and scope of intelligence use and procedure by introducing key examples of historical intelligence failure and intelligence success. It encourages and enhances your critical thinking regarding the gathering, securing, storage and use of intelligence. The module gives a long-term overview of the history of intelligence and then drills down into specific past case studies, issues, and areas whose lessons are vital to modern intelligence concepts and practice.
Contemporary Issues in Crime, Safety and Security (PgCert)
This module aims to introduce you to emerging paradigms within criminology, which tackle safety and security at both local and global levels, and to explore some justifications for the increasing ‘securitisation’ of social life. Key theories and policies related to crime, safety and security will be examined and tested and their ethical and legal implications, outlined.
You will develop your understanding of contemporary trends in security and emerging security threats and how to counter them through relevant scholarly activity, and through reference to the appropriate academic literature and policy documentation. The module also prepares you for further independent research when you embark on your dissertation.
Diplomacy and Security Studies dissertation (MSc)
The dissertation allows you to undertake an independent and sustained piece of research into a substantive topic of your own choosing. The dissertation must include appropriate extended piece of empirical or theoretical research on a topic in the security studies field.
An insight into teaching on your course
The course is taught in a distance learning format, with no attendance required on campus. All aspects of the programme are managed over the internet using a dedicated virtual learning environment platform which manages your learning schedule. The course will include access to online study materials plus tutorial and discussion forums for networking and interacting with tutors and peers. Forum discussions allow you to co-operate across time zones and share knowledge, experience or discuss the course content with other students and course tutors.
How learning is monitored on your programme
To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.
You will need:
- a relevant honours degree - minimum 2:2 (such as in criminology, social or political science)
- an overseas equivalent qualification
- a graduate level professional qualification of comparable standard and suitable work experience (such as policing, security or military work)
- Minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 575
- In some cases applicants who do not possess the standard entry requirements may be permitted to enrol at the discretion of the programme leader
- On application you will need to submit proof of your prior qualifications, your CV, a copy of your passport page and the £400 application fee
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
When applications open for 2019 entry you will be able to apply directly to KNECT 365 for this programme. The link will be available by clicking the "Apply Now" button on the top right hand side of this page once applications are open.
As part of your application you will be asked to upload the following documents:
- Copies of any academic/ professional certificates
- A copy of your CV
- A personal statement explaining your reasons for choosing the course and your interest in the subject
- A copy of the back page of your passport showing the photo and passport number
These should be uploaded to the application form or can be emailed direct to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have problems uploading. These must be submitted before you can be accepted.
Once you are ready, please complete the online application form where you will also be asked to submit credit card details for payment of the application fee as detailed above. Students who do not provide credit card details will be
invoiced and your application will not be submitted for acceptance until the application fee has been paid. The application fee is refundable should your application not be accepted on academic grounds.
The application deadline for 2018 admissions has passed. Applicants wishing to commence studies in September 2019 will soon be able to apply via the KNECT 365 application system.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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