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BSc (Hons) - Security, Intelligence and Investigative Practice

The concept of security stretches from keeping assets safe to analysing how global events impact upon our lives then designing measures to address these needs.

Our course provides the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience of practices previously only available within a few public sector professions.


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Course Overview

Traditionally associated with law enforcement and the military the contemporary intelligence field merges skillsets gained in these environments with all aspects of the commercial world.

Perceptions of investigation range from Sherlock Holmes to Line of Duty. The ‘real world’ viewpoint on this course is provided by practitioners and academics, providing a more accurate picture.

The ability to identify and fill gaps of knowledge is a fundamental investigative requirement from crime to any other discipline requiring questions to be answered.

Whether you are engaged in analysis, protective services, any part of the public sector or private business the elements of this course will feature in your professional and private life.

This course provides the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience of practices previously only available within a few public sector professions. Investigative practice skills are widely sought by a wide range of employers.

On this course you will...

  • Gain a professional and ethical understanding of how to recognise security risks in a variety of environments.
  • Learn to recognise intelligence gathering opportunities, access material and data in a legal and ethical manner.
  • Learn to analyse threat and design solutions needed to minimise them.
  • Explore investigative techniques and develop a detective skillset.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

You will identify the three threads (security, intelligence and investigative practice) this programme is built on. These three threads are interrelated and will help to further develop your understanding of the bigger picture of security, intelligence and investigative practice.

You will learn to use these threads to solve problems in a multivariable environment.

The modules build from introductory, enabling you to have a firm understanding through to a strategic international perspective in line with contemporary security, intelligence and investigative demands.

Year one
  • Intelligence, Structures and Products
  • Managing Criminal Enquiries
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Operational Security
  • Cyber Security
  • Evolution of Threat
Year two
  • Investigative Interviewing
  • Serious Organised Crime Investigations
  • Covert Operations
  • Security Risk Management
  • Digital Intelligence
  • Practical Action Research (optional module)
  • Forecasting Future Challenges (optional module)
Year three
  • Global Threats and Risk Principles
  • Safeguarding Society
  • Freedoms and Protections
  • Extremism
  • Dissertation/ Work Based Project

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