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Intelligence and International Relations


Virtual Learning Environment

Highly interactive distance learning award delivered through Blackboard (our VLE)

MOD focused

Curriculum content designed to complement your professional development

Flexible learning

Phased, part-time delivery recognising the ongoing demands of your career

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Part-time, distance learning
3 Years
Start date:
13 September 2021
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Our Masters degree in Intelligence and IR is designed specifically for MOD Intelligence personnel.

The course focuses on International Relations which will help contextualise your Intelligence Branch training and complement your professional development. You will develop key skills in research, making and presenting written arguments, and critical analysis; all designed to enhance post-service employability.

Your studies will provide academic context and rigour to the work that you may be undertaking in this area. It will allow you to build upon your knowledge and experience to achieve an academic qualification to bolster your future prospects.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Intelligence and International Relations

Course content

The MA Intelligence and International Relations is taught over five modules. You will study the development of International Relations theory, starting with early twentieth century liberalism and concluding with debates on globalisation and the contemporary shifts in global power. Plus, the traditional conceptions of security examined in relation to the deployment and use of force, and the role of intelligence and intelligence agencies in international politics in the 20th century world. 

As well as studying these concepts, you’ll have the choice of three of the optional modules: Money, Trade and Development in the Global Political Economy, and Human Security and Diplomacy in the Global World. You’ll finish your course by completing a Dissertation, which comprises of an extended essay in your chosen research topic, assisted by a supervisor.

Entry requirements

Direct entry to Postgraduate Certificate: FO/Lt/Sub/Lt

30 Credits at Postgraduate Level: Flt Lt/Capt/Lt

60 Credits at Postgraduate Level: Maj/Sqn Ldr/Lt Cdr

If you do not hold any rank mentioned above but have a first degree you may be eligible to join the programme, please contact the HM Forces team.

Teaching and assessment


All modules are individually assessed via one or more methods dependent upon the requirement of that module. The method of assessment is chosen to ensure that we can verify that you have met the learning outcomes of the module. These methods may include individual coursework assignments, written reports, discussion contributions and critical reviews prior to discussion contributions.

All assignment submission and feedback will be via Blackboard Learning Portal. Module results will also be made available electronically.

Learning support

You will have access to Blackboard Learning Portal, our online learning environment, where the course information, handbook, tasks and discussion boards can be found. In addition to any textbooks that may be provided for you, all of the disciplinary Journals that the University subscribes to can be accessed online, and we have a substantial and growing collection of eBooks available to use.

A personal tutor will be appointed who is a subject matter expert. Support for any modules will be conducted face-to-face, via email, or telephone.  

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


Your course is designed to ensure that each week you test your understanding of your subject by writing an answer to a set question and posting it onto a discussion board.  You will receive weekly feedback on these posts which amounts to a significant quantity of formative feedback over the course of a module.  This regular engagement with your tutor is an essential way that you develop your academic skills. You will also receive a participation grade for this work.  In addition, you will research and write formal or 'summative' assessments for each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study. The delivery team are highly praised by external examiners for the quality of their feedback.


The total course fee is £4950 and the course is listed in three parts on the ELCAS website:

PG Cert - £1650 (60 credits)

PG Dip - £1650  (60 credits)

MA IIR (Dissertation) - £1650   (60 credits)

Part-time Fees

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata to that paid for full-time study. This means that regardless of whether you choose part-time or full-time study, you pay the same amount for the course you choose to undertake.

The duration of the course and the fees you are charged each year or semester are determined by the speed at which you wish to progress through the course. This is called the 'intensity of study'. So, if you choose to study at half the rate of a full-time student, you’d pay half the full-time course fees each year, and take twice as long to complete your course compared to full-time. If you choose to study at a different intensity this will alter the duration and fee payment rate. If you would like to discuss what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries team.


You will be taught by high profile staff who are experts in their specific fields, including security governance; space; intelligence; Russian foreign policy; Russian history; human rights and international political economy.


Stoke-on-Trent campus
Part-time, distance learning
13 September 2021

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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