Intelligence and security issues are at the top of the political agenda following the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001 and the insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And the increased availability of intelligence material means that it is possible to place these issues within their historical context.
This course is the longest-running non-governmental postgraduate course in the UK in the area of contemporary intelligence and security issues.
The course comprises of one core module and several optional modules. You can exit the course after the second semester with a -Postgraduate Diploma or progress to the Masters by completing the dissertation in semester 3.
Choose two optional modules from:
Please note that the above list may be subject to change as the availability of optional modules varies each year.
If you do not wish to continue onto the dissertation project you can be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma if leaving the course at this stage.
Students who successfully complete the taught component of the programme may then proceed to the dissertation.
Year 1, Semester 1
Issues in Intelligence (core module) (30 credits)
Year 1, Semester 2
Choose one from:
Year 2, Semester 1
Intelligence and Conflict (core module) (30 credits)
Year 2, Semester 2
Choose two; one for semester 1 and one for semester 2:
Year 3, Semester 1 and 2
Dissertation (60 credits)
A good honours degree in the social sciences or humanities is required, preferably in history, politics or international relations
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English- IELTS 6.5 band score (with no element below 5.5) as proof of this.
This course is suitable if you are seeking to go into intelligence and security-related careers in the public and private sectors, as well as those already engaged in such professions who seek to enhance their career prospects through further qualifications. This course also provides excellent foundations for those who wish to pursue a PhD.
We are looking for people with an interest in pursuing the serious academic study of intelligence and security issues in both their contemporary and historical dimensions. You should be well informed about current affairs, especially in relation to security and terrorism issues, and have your own opinions on these events.
The course is taught through a combination of:
Module performance is usually assessed by two essays of 3,500 words (50% each). In addition, MA students are required to submit a 14,000 word dissertation.
I am interested in the history of the British intelligence community, from the origins of the Security Service (MI5) and Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, or MI6) from 1909 to the present day. I also have a specific research interest in the work of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War.
Selected Publications: Security and Special Operations: SOE and MI5 during the Second World War (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). ‘Command, rather that consultation: Organising Special Operations – the case of SOE’, Public Policy and Administration 25(1) (2010), pp.67-84. ‘SOE’s Foreign Currency Transactions’ in Neville Wylie (ed.), The Politics and Strategy of Clandestine War: SOE, 1940-1946 (London: Routledge, 2006). ‘The Origins of SOE in France’, The Historical Journal 46(4) (2003), pp.1-18. ‘SOE and Repatriation’, Journal of Contemporary History 36(2) (2001), pp.309-323.
Our graduates follow a range of careers in the civil service, the armed forces, the media, think tanks and research institutions. Some pursue further study at doctoral level.
You will develop a wide range of skills on the course (writing, communication, presentation and analytical skills) that are transferable to a variety of careers in the civil service, the armed forces, international or non-governmental organisations, think-tanks and research institutions. You can also pursue further study at doctoral level.
‘I have really enjoyed my year studying MA Intelligence and Security Studies at Salford. I have made new friends on the course as well as meeting people from my former degree. I really liked the more challenging work that tested everything I learnt at undergraduate level whilst teaching me many new things. The course and the essays allowed me to use all the research skills that I learned at undergraduate level and put them into practice. The lecturers gave me comprehensive feedback on my modules and were always available to give guidance on my essays. I believe that the MAISS is a very good course and I also think it has placed me in a good position to enter the world of work.’
You are encouraged to attend the European Security, Terrorism and Intelligence (ESTI) seminar series. Convened by Dr Christopher J. Murphy, ESTI aims to bring together scholars with a research interest in European security, terrorism and intelligence and to transcend such artificial disciplinary boundaries in order to examine security, terrorism and intelligence issues together, in both their historical and contemporary dimensions.
Recent speakers have included Professor Keith Jeffery, author of MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service, and Mr Michael Herman, author of Intelligence Power in Peace and War.
The University has its own research group for security issues called the Centre for European Security (CES). The group builds on the active research programme provided by the European Security, Terrorism and Intelligence (ESTI) network at the University of Salford. If your doctoral research is in security and intelligence issues you can become an associate member of this group. For more information see our website at http://www.espach.salford.ac.uk/page/es_research_centre
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||£1,017 per 30 credits|
|Full-time International||£12,500, part-time £2,084 per 30 credits|
|Distance Learning||£1,017 per 30 credits|
|International Distance Learning||£2,084 per 30 credits|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
We offer awards to help you study through our:
There are also other sources of funding available to you.
For more information please see our funding section
MA (one year full-time or up to three years part-time)
PgDip (nine months full-time or one year, eight months part-time)
94% of our postgraduates go on to employment and/or further study within 6 months of graduating.DLHE 2009 and 2010