Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Intelligence Analysis

Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology




Three year

Next enrolment

September 2021


In a nutshell

The course addresses both the theory and practice of intelligence analysis. You will study theories of intelligence alongside an introduction to the use of software relevant for intelligence analysis in the digital age.

You can choose to study modules from the University-Wide Language Programme (UWLP) as part of this course. In additional to the practical analytical skills embedded into the programme, further opportunities for developing key skills for employability are available, including the WORDSCOPE programme and the Salford Advantage scheme.

You will: 
  • Study current, real-world events of international significance and importance 

  • Gain the transferable knowledge and skills desired by employers in the intelligence sector, in both the public and private sector 

  • Learn from a team of academics who are recognized, published experts in their fields and whose teaching is informed by their own research expertise 

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You can also find helpful FAQs, learn more about student life at Salford or explore all our History and Politics courses. Continue reading to understand more about this BA (Hons) Intelligence Analysis course. 


students accepted

This is for you if...


You want to develop your academic knowledge of intelligence, but also important digital skills that are necessary for a career in intelligence analysis


You have have a keen interest in the intelligence sector


You want to develop a range of transferable skills that are vital to a range of career prospects

Course details

All about the course

Your first year is designed to introduce you to key concepts in intelligence studies, the digital skills needed for effective intelligence analysis, and to provide you with knowledge of global affairs and international relations since 1945.

In your second year you will take four core modules which will continue to develop your knowledge of issues related to intelligence and of its practical application. You will also choose two options from a range of choices that will allow you to develop your own interests and explore new topics.

In your third year you will complete a dissertation, or work-related project, on a subject of your choice. This is your opportunity to develop your ideas and research on a topic that you have selected. The dissertation counts as two modules. You will also take two further core modules and choose two modules from a range of options.

Year one

Introduction to Intelligence: Methods and Targets

International Politics 1

This module introduces students to key political concepts and ideologies and uses them in the study of international politics and the history of international relations. Concepts such as state, power, politics, nation, sovereignty and rights; and ideologies such as conservatism and liberalism; are used in everyday speech but they are complex ideas with contested meanings, yet central to analysis in security, politics and international relations. The module examines these ideas and applies them to significant developments in international politics such as the attempts to construct lasting arrangements for peace in the wake of major conflicts.

Digital Skills for Intelligence Analysis 1 and 2

Global Intelligence

International History: 1945-present

You will continue your studies in international history by exploring the Cold War in Europe and Asia, decolonisation, European integration, the superpower relationship and the rise of China and Japan. You will also study the impact of US foreign policy and the global 'war on terror'.

Year two

Intelligence, Law and Oversight

Open Source Intelligence: Collection and Analysis

Intelligence Analysis Simulation

Contemporary Threats to Democracy

Optional modules may include:

Contemporary Security

On this module you will examine the main security challenges facing states, their institutions and societies today. You will gain knowledge of and assess the principal security actors, the current threats to national and international security, and the approaches that states and other institutions have taken to achieve, enhance and maintain security.

Intelligence, Security and Politics in Britain 1909-94

This module examines the British intelligence community from the birth of the Security Service (MI5) and the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6) in 1909 through to the 1994 Intelligence Services Act, exploring its activities primarily within the context of British domestic policy, while considering the links between the worlds of intelligence and politics. The module considers the reaction of the intelligence community to the Russian revolution, and its subsequent battle against the Soviet Union and Communism from the inter-war years through to the end of the Cold War.

US Foreign Policy since 1945

This module will begin by exploring thematic issues such as how foreign policy is made in the United States, the American ‘style’ of diplomacy, and the influence of ideology. It will then provide students with the chance to examine historical topics such as the rise of the national security state after 1945, crises such as those over Berlin and Cuba, the involvement of the CIA in US foreign policy including covert involvement abroad, US military intervention in Korea and Vietnam, ‘Nixinger’ and the rise and fall of détente, the ‘Second Cold War’, post-Cold War challenges to American global interests, and the ‘war on terror’.

Chinese Foreign Policy Since 1949

Covert Action: Past and Present

University Wide Language Programme

This module provides the opportunity to learn or develop a language with the University-wide language programme.

Year three


A 12,000 word dissertation on a research topic of your own choosing under the guidance of a dedicated supervisor.

Intelligence Ethics

Counterintelligence and Security in the 21st Century

Optional modules may include:

Intelligence and Cyber Warfare

Arab-Israeli Conflict

This module offers an introduction into the Arab Israeli conflict since the beginning of the 20th century by examining the main events and actors that have helped shape its course. You will also undertake a computer-based simulation where you can decide on issues of war and peace from the perspectives of the Israeli Prime Minister and Palestinian President.

Private Intelligence and Corporate Espionage

Politics and the Internet

This module assesses the growing influence of internet on democracy and politics. The study of the internet is placed in context of the evolution of media technologies over past thirty years. In doing so, you examine whether the internet: is stimulating more global protest movements and also new form of terrorism; is a liberation technology potential undermining the power of authoritarian regimes; or alternatively is a tool for increased surveillance and control; is changing the nature of lections and election campaigning. These issues are explored through case studies such as: the rise of Corbyn in the Labour Party and the role played social media or, how the rise of so-called fake news is impacting on political debate.

Britain and the Cold War

University Wide Language Programme

This module provides the opportunity to learn or develop a language with the University-wide language programme.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I being doing?




Presentations/data analysis




You will benefit from a diverse range of teaching methods:

  • Lectures: interactive lectures, making use of available audio visual technology
  • Seminars: explore the lecture topics and beyond with your fellow students, via group-work, reviews, debates and presentations
  • Workshops: combined lecture and seminar session where discussion and analysis is concentrated
  • Debates: debating teams are sometimes a feature of learning
  • Individual supervision: students enjoy close supervision of their dissertation topics in the year leading up to submission
  • Student-directed study: in some modules, students are assigned tasks with deadlines



All our History and Politics courses are delivered by the Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

Our School and University have strong and long-lasting relationships with local and national industry. 

Once you graduate with us, you’ll join a thriving alumni community in Greater Manchester and beyond.

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What about after uni?


This course develops not only your academic knowledge of intelligence, but also important digital skills that are necessary for a career in intelligence analysis. You will also gain knowledge of the legal and ethical issues that are important for a career in this sector.

You will also develop a range of transferable skills that are vital to a range of career prospects. In any well-paid job or career you will need presentation skills and an ability to communicate your ideas clearly. Good writing, research and critical thinking skills, as well as the ability to deploy a variety of innovative techniques, are essential.

Graduates from this course may progress on a number of career paths. The analytical skills you develop as part of this course will be relevant to a range of intelligence-related jobs, in both the public and private sectors.

This course is designed to support your personal development and skills to enhance your employability. You will learn to work to deadlines, write clearly and effectively, present your ideas in a professional style, develop vital research skills and methods of communication.


A taste of what you could become

An intelligence officer

An analyst

A Researcher

And more...

Career Links

The Politics and Contemporary History subject group has longstanding links with the intelligence and security sector owing to its MA/PgDip programmes in Intelligence and Security Studies and Terrorism and Security. Our graduates go on to work for such organisations as the National Crime Agency, and are regularly invited back as guest speakers to engage with current students who wish to pursue a career in this field.


What you need to know


We are looking for highly motivated students with a keen interest in military and international history and good writing and analytical skills. Students who provide evidence of extensive reading and knowledge in the subject area are of particular interest to us.

Students without formal qualifications may be asked to attend an interview and complete an assignment.

Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.

Standard entry requirements

English Language requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, no element below 5.5, is proof of this.

English Language requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, no element below 5.5, is proof of this.


English Language at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent) is required. Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) is preferred but not essential.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

96 - 112 points

A level

96 - 112 points. General studies accepted.

BTEC National Diploma


Access to HE

96-112 points

Scottish Highers

96 - 112 points

Irish Leaving Certificate

96 - 112 points

International Baccalaureate

29 points

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How Much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £14,400per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students 2020/21

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship.

For more information go to International Scholarships. 

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Enrolment dates

September 2021

September 2022

UCAS information

Course ID L240

Institution S03

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