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.
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.
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.