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MSc Covert Investigation and Specialist Intelligence

MSc Covert Investigation and Specialist Intelligence

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28 months

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Security Services

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What you'll learn

Key themes and debates that shape policy and practice associated with intelligence and covert investigations

Critical areas of contemporary concern within the field including effectiveness, value, lawfulness, risks and ethics

HUMINT collection, the elicitation of intelligence, investigative interview models, covert techniques, underpinning legislation, oversight mechanisms, intelligence sharing and analysis.

The main conceptual and theoretical debates within the discipline of covert investigation and specialist intelligence and then apply them to current security issues at a local, national and global level


This module aims to introduce the student to the array of academic research associated with the effective and ethical elicitation of intelligence. It will explore those techniques that appear to be both effective and ethical in securing information to better understand and then mitigate threat and harm.

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Entry requirements

A relevant second class honours degree or above (such as in criminology, social or political science), or an overseas equivalent qualification is normally required. Alternatively a graduate level professional qualification of comparable standard and suitable work experience (such as policing, security or military work) may be accepted.

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