The analysis of intelligence and the management of those who undertake that analysis are important and fundamental processes for both public and private sector organisations. Whether you’re looking to focus on developing a career in intelligence, or you already have some experience and wish to formalise this with an academic qualification, this three-year full-time course will develop your knowledge, understanding and capabilities ready for progression in a variety of sectors.
In the organisational context there are many influencers and other issues which will drive the requirement for intelligence about the issues and threats which may have adverse or positive effects and impacts. The organisation that values and manages intelligence carefully will be better prepared than that which does not look at potential issues and fails to develop information into a usable and valuable basis for action. The requirements for each organisation will be different based upon the operational, social and adversary context and will need to involve detailed analysis.
In organisations that take an intelligence-led approach – corporates, businesses, law enforcement, military and governments – it is argued that there is a higher level of awareness and by implication preparedness and resilience. Also, with the seemingly ever-increasing range of information and intelligence sources that organisations can draw upon, the importance of developed intelligence analysis capability becomes even more clear.
This course is offered as a four year programme, 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 degree. You may also be interested in our three year BSc (Hons) Intelligence Analysis and Management.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
The programme draws upon the expertise, capabilities and knowledge of sector and industry specialists in the public and private sector, as well as from researchers and academics. This offers comprehensive and current coverage of the required capabilities and analytical approach that are inherent requirements for effective and employable intelligence analysts and managers.
The course covers a wide range of intelligence-related subject areas, or domains, and links them to an understanding of the all-important need for intelligence to be an embedded, rather than distinct organisational function. Thus, the programme also ensures that graduates are able to understand and engage with the issues affecting organisations and businesses in terms of management of their non-intelligence related functions; such that intelligence analysis and management can be orientated to, and aligned with, organisational requirements.
The development of confidence and capability will be emphasised from the very start of the programme, where students – having learned the core subject areas – will become practised and highly skilled in analysing intelligence and producing and delivering reports and outputs to a high standard. Students will learn to thrive in a ‘challenge’ environment; where intelligence outputs will be tested and assumptions will be subject to detailed scrutiny and examination.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Foundation Year Modules
- Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity
- Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility
- Introduction to Intelligence
- Inquiry Based Learning
Year 1 Modules
- Intelligence – Overview
- Strategic, Operational and Tactical Intelligence
- National Agencies and Intelligence
- Ethics, Governance and Intelligence
- Intelligence Models and Processes
- Graduate Challenge
- Career Viewpoint
- Organisational Behaviour
Year 2 Modules
- Intelligence Research and Analysis
- Open Source Intelligence
- Corporate and Business Intelligence
- Human Intelligence
- Communications Intelligence
- Technical Intelligence
- Espionage and Counter Intelligence
- Inter-Disciplinary Working
Year 3 Modules
- Structured Analytical Techniques in Intelligence
- High Level Intelligence Fusion
- Networks, Influencing and Communication
- Applying Intelligence – Real World
- Developing Leadership and Management Skills
- Research Methods
What are my career prospects
Effective Intelligence Analysts and Managers become involved in a range of activities from straightforward analysis to project management to board level participation and advice; and this programme will provide you with the capability and confidence to maximise the opportunities available to you within the sectors in which you wish to develop your career.
Graduates will typically be equipped to seek employment within government and law enforcement areas as well as the wider public sector. In addition, businesses and consultancies in the private sector will be natural destinations for graduates from the programme.
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