Dr. Christopher J Murphy

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

Crescent House Room 113c

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Current positions

Lecturer in Intelligence Studies


I have been a Lecturer in Intelligence Studies at Salford since 2006. Prior to this I was a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary British History at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

Areas of research

Intelligence Studies, Security Studies, British History, British Politics, European History


  • Level 5: Intelligence, Security & Politics in Britain, 1909-1994 (Module Convenor)
  • Level 6: Britain and the European Resistance, 1939-1945 (Module Convenor)
  • Level 7: Issues in Intelligence (Module Convenor)
  • Level 7: Issues in Intellligence (DL) (Module Convenor)
  • Level 7: Researching in Intelligence and Security Studies: Theory and Practice (DL) (Module Convenor)

Dissertation Supervision (UG and PGT): I am interested in supervising dissertations in the area of intelligence history (broadly defined). Recent subjects supervised include Operation FOOT, the work of the Industrial Intelligence Centre during the inter-war years, and the role of strategic deception prior to Operation TORCH.

Research Interests

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 have specific research interests in the work of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War and the historiography of intelligence studies.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society