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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.
I chose Bucks New University because of its reputation in offering quality higher learning tuition to the students and availability of learning resources. The quality of teaching staff is highly professional. They have demonstrated a keen interest in development of my learning skill by offering personal guidance that I need for my success.Wilson Kinuthia Waithaka
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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.
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.
You will learn to thrive in a ‘challenge’ environment; where intelligence outputs will be tested and assumptions will be subject to detailed scrutiny and examination.
We use current case studies and topical news stories to teach concepts and ideas, so you can relate to the events and know that you’re learning the very latest information to help you in your future careers.
Staff are also constantly working to ensure that degree content remains aligned to the needs of employers.
Due to our close proximity to London, and military locations in the area, guest speakers are always on hand to visit the University and enrich your learning. You will also benefit from attending a range of intelligence, security and resilience industry events.
We are also now a part of the Royal Air Force’s University Air Squadron (for the Oxford Region).
Our students have set up the Intelligence, Security and Resilience Society, with a diary of events and external speakers. The students manage the society themselves, learning and growing their networking skills alongside general and financial management skills - with support from the Students’ Union.
Student course representatives also take an active role in the strategic management of the course, learning and growing their own management skills and confidence in a business setting.
The quality of teaching is great and having lectures with different backgrounds enables us to learn about a wide range of opportunities after graduation. We also attend one-to-one tutorials frequently where we can bring up any concerns and receive advice on coursework.Shell Jones
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.
What will I study?
The course will help you develop and grow your analytical skills, and the content is closely aligned to the needs of employers.
You will study business modules so that you can apply the intelligence to a business context, rather than just security, to help bolster your career options.
We will also help you develops life skills essential to future employment, such as critical and analytical thinking, problem solving, time management, people management, self-confidence, personal organisation and independence. You will finish the degree with a well-rounded portfolio for prospective employers.
In year one, you will grow your knowledge of intelligence processes, such as the police National Intelligence Model. You will also develop your understanding in issues in global security, policing and crime, business and management concepts and critical
infrastructure (such as transport and energy) – all targets of intelligence analysis and counter-intelligence activities. The first year will set you up for success in your subsequent years of study.
In your second year, you will grow your knowledge and understanding of structured analytical techniques (SATS), using the range of techniques against case studies sourced from current and proposed events.
Enhancing this are subjects in counter-intelligence and a development of understanding of technical and communications intelligence so that they can demonstrate an understanding of information collection requirements with technical collection agencies. Commercial intelligence helps refine the students understanding of business and the relevance of analysis in this sector. The subjects in the second year will prepare you for success in the third year.
In your final year, you will hone, refine and grow your confidence in professional skill sets using tailored, realistic and challenging scenarios to challenge and stretch you, preparing you for employment.
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.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to email@example.com
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity
Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility
Introduction to Intelligence
Inquiry Based Learning
Year 2 Modules
Intelligence - Overview
Strategic, Operational and Tactical Intelligence
National Agencies and Intelligence
Ethics, Governance and Intelligence
Intelligence Models and Processes
Year 3 Modules
Intelligence Research and Analysis
Open Source Intelligence
Corporate and Business Intelligence
Espionage and Counter Intelligence
Year 4 Modules
Structured Analytical Techniques in Intelligence
High Level Intelligence Fusion
Networks, Influencing and Communication
Applying Intelligence - Real World
Developing Leadership and Management Skills
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Effective Intelligence Analysts and Managers become involved in a range of activities from straightforward analysis to project management to board level participation and advice. 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.
- A cross cutting range of government departments
- Armed Forces
You may also choose to stay on at Buckinghamshire New University and study a postgraduate course, such as our MSc Critical Infrastructure Security, MSc Organisational Resilience or MSc Aviation Security.