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Intelligence & International Security MA



Intelligence and International Security examines the trends that continue to shape intelligence and geo-strategic developments in the 21st century. Students will develop an awareness of the ways in which intelligence issues manifest themselves in security issues in peace and war. Understanding of ethical dilemmas associated with intelligence activity.

Key benefits

  • Intelligence & International Security is excellent preparation for employment in government service or in commercial risk management and open source intelligence providers.

  • Students will be taught by visiting academics, serving and former officials and other intelligence experts who give regular public lectures and seminars.

  • Enables students to examine the nature, processes, roles and case studies of intelligence and their interaction with developments in international security.

  • Students have the advantage of attending events run by the Intelligence and International Security Research Group which provides a platform for sharing ideas.

Read about what our students say about this programme on the Testimonials page.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 30-45 FT and PT.

Course leaders Professor Joe Maiolo

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7429
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of War Studies


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Minimum requirements: Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject. 

Successful applicants will usually be achieving grades at mid 2:1 level (or equivalent overseas level) or higher.

Application procedure

An application fee of £40 applies (non-refundable). All applications are assessed by a committee of academic tutors. This process takes on average eight weeks.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please provide a personal statement explaining why you are interested in this particular programme, and outlining any relevant experience you have. If there are any anomalies in your academic record, please use the personal statement to explain related extenuating circumstances.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


Issues of intelligence have assumed increasing prominence in world affairs as analysts and policy makers attempt to assess the nature of new threats in the international system. This programme will enable students to examine the nature, processes, roles and case studies of intelligence and their interaction with developments in international security. 

In examining the trends that continue to shape intelligence and geo-strategic developments in the 21st Century this programme offers a unique multidisciplinary approach based on the strengths of the department. We aim to provide a framework in which to understand the nature and role of intelligence in its relationship to wider issues in war and international security; an understanding of the processes, practices and institutions that have characterised intelligence in the modern era; an understanding of the problems connected with intelligence collection, assessment and ability to predict events in world affairs; and an appreciation of the particular ethical concerns generated by intelligence related phenomena.

Course purpose

This programme is for graduates and professionals with an interest in understanding the nature and role of intelligence. The MA programme is designed to have broad ranging appeal to those interested in pursuing graduate studies in the areas of intelligence and security studies. Specifically those who may find this programme to be of interest will include: graduates in politics, history, international relations and strategic studies; those with practical experience in the intelligence community who may wish to reflect on the wider issues and implications of their experience; professionals in the areas of defence, diplomacy and foreign affairs.

Course format and assessment

Continuous assessment by essay, examinations and a dissertation.



Career prospects

Whilst this is not a vocational programme, students on MA programmes in the department have gone on to build careers in: further academic research, NGOs, Civil Service, NATO, UN, media and publishing, finance and investment, teaching, and the armed forces.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£10,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£18,750 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£5,250 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£9,375 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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