Our BSc (Hons) Intelligence Analysis and Management degree is built around the expectations and needs of employers. We were the first university to offer this type of course in the UK and have a strong reputation in this field.
You will benefit from our experienced and supportive course team, who are intelligence and security practitioners. Guest lecturers and industry workshops are also a key part of the course, ensuring you gain up-to-date knowledge and understanding to prepare you for an exciting career.
Why study this subject?
There has been an increase in the number of employment opportunities for intelligence analysts in government, military police and commercial sectors and many employers are looking for entry level intelligence analysts. 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, a degree in Intelligence Analysis and Management will develop your knowledge, understanding and capabilities ready for progression in a variety of sectors
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
Our BSc (Hons) Intelligence Analysis and Management degree programme will help prepare you for employment as an intelligence analys.
Whether you want to work in the police, an intelligence agency or in military intelligence, the lecturers try to incorporate that into the lessons and tailor the content to your areas of your interest.
If you’re unsure which area or specific career to go into, this course will equip you with a wide variety of skills for different industries or sectors, so you’ll be prepared for whatever field you end up choosing.
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.
We are committed to providing you with the best learning experience. With smaller class sizes, you’ll have access to one-to-one teaching and support.
The course team and visiting lecturing staff have been, or are still, intelligence and security practitioners and have military and police backgrounds.
Our supportive course team tailor the content to ensure a more hands on/practical aspect to this course teaching you the different types of intelligence and skills needed to be effective in your future career.
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.
What facilities can I use?
We’ve invested in a range of state-of-the-art facilities across our campuses to support your learning.
Our library is the perfect place to find the resources you need and a quiet place to study, filled with four floors of books, journals, computer suites and study rooms. Or, if you’d rather work off campus, e-Journals and resources are only a few clicks away using our Virtual Learning Environment.
How will I be taught and assessed?
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.
Our staff are focused on your development and helping you to succeed academically. Alongside their academic qualifications, our supportive course team have strong industry, military and government experience.
You will benefit from:
- Case studies using current events and issues in security and policing.
- Group work
- In class exercises and presentations
- Visits to places of interest.
Through the lectures and seminars, we always draw the learning back to your development of professional skills required for your future employment.
You will also have one-to-one tutorials and focused teaching, where you can delve deeper into the topics and enhance your learning.
You will be assessed in a way that mirrors the requirements of employment as an intelligence analyst.
There are no formal examinations on the course. Instead, assessment is conducted by assignment tasks, including class-based exercises where questions are set as ‘intelligence customer requirements’ to match the real-world working environment. Essays are designed to replicate intelligence analysis reports or ‘products’ whilst presentations are pitched as the presentation of analysis to line managers in the workplace.
You will have a lot of freedom in how you interpret assignments, so you can tailor your research to your interests.
Career portfolio development runs alongside your academic studies and is used to convert your learning experiences and assessments into examples you can showcase on your applications for future jobs.
BNU 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.
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