1.0         INTRODUCTION

 

M.A. Security, Intelligence & Strategic Studies skills are more important than ever and always in demand in both the public and private sectors, with organizations looking to protect their personnel, assets, information, and reputation from criminal threats as diverse as fraud and terrorism.

This M.A. Security, Intelligence & Strategic Studies degree course will give you tools you need to progress in this in-demand field, broaden your understanding of intelligence from both open and closed sources, and also help meet the growing need for security and intelligence professionals by building on your research, analysis and management skills and applying them to the field of criminal intelligence.

 

Course Name 

Master of Security, Intelligence & Strategic Studies

Duration 

1 Year and Half

Eligibility

Graduate in any stream.

Minimum Percentage:  60%

Admission Process 

Entrance Exam/ Merit Basis 

Course Fees

Tuition Fees: $900 ($50 / Month)

Registration Fees: $50

 

Master of Security, Intelligence & Strategic

Duration

1 Year and Half

Level

Post-Graduation

Type

Degree

Eligibility

Graduation

 

M.A. Security, Intelligence & Strategic Studies

Students on this Master in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies at Accord University will examine a broad range of contemporary security challenges, such as terrorism, civil war and conflict, mass migration, energy supply security, cyber security and new technologies, and transnational and serious organised crime. Students will also explore the intelligence and strategic approaches used by governmental and non-governmental actors to combat these threats.

 

The degree adopts a unique approach to the study of security by combining theoretical, applied and empirical knowledge and skill sets. Students will have the opportunity to meet with and work alongside a range of academics and researchers from international partner universities and think tanks from around the world, as well as practitioner experts from governmental and industry security and defence sectors.

Students will examine a broad range of contemporary security challenges, such as terrorism, civil war and intra-state conflict, mass migration, energy security, cyber security, and transnational crime. Students will also explore the intelligence and strategic approaches used by governmental and non-governmental actors to combat these threats. The degree adopts a unique approach to the study of security by combining theoretical, applied and empirical knowledge and skill sets. Students will have the opportunity to meet with and work alongside a range of academics and researchers from international partner universities and think tanks from around the world, as well as practitioner experts from governmental and industry security and defence sectors.

 

MSISS partners will work together to ensure that they deliver a joint master degree that:

·        utilises mobility opportunities to promote an innovative, interdisciplinary, and integrated team-delivered programme that recognises security as one of the top public issues of the modern world

·        provides students with comprehensive training across theoretical, empirical and applied approaches to three interrelated core themes – security, intelligence and strategy

·        engages its students with the reasons underpinning contemporary insecurity and threat; the strategic directions, policy responses and active solutions to security challenges; and the means to plan and horizon scan for future threats

·        draws upon the expertise of consortium partners in specialist areas including: conceptual issues such as security theory, the politics of threat assessment, modern strategic thought, ethical dilemmas of just war; contemporary security challenges such as terrorism, radicalisation, migration, cyber-crime and cyber-warfare, regional security dilemmas, conflict and the use of modern technology (drones, weapons of mass destruction, social media), energy security; and practical skills development such as open source intelligence production, linguistic and data analytics

Intended Learning Objectives

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes designed to prepare them for future academic and/or professional careers.

 

By completing this degree students will be able to: 

·        describe and apply a range of theoretical approaches and debates in security, intelligence and strategic studies in a critical manner

·        recognise and critically assess a variety of traditional and non-traditional security threats and the interconnected nature of these threats

·        conceptually locate contemporary security matters within global, national and regional contexts

·        critically evaluate the role played by intelligence and information in addressing security concerns in specific domains of interest

·        articulate the ethical implications of key policy approaches and strategic tactics in dealing with security threats, with particular emphasis on affects at a societal/human level

 

Subject-specific/practical skills

·        deploy a range of evidence based research techniques and methodologies appropriate to social science and applied science approaches to security, intelligence and strategic studies

·        employ an evidence based approach to resolving problems and completing tasks relating to specific disciplinary approaches to security and intelligence matters

·        independently produce structured policy briefs/papers

·        define and develop concepts and analytical approaches for the evaluation of big data and other forms of information

·        apply a range of key skills, including software application, for acquiring and analysis of intelligence related data, specifically that available via open source means

·        produce, present, and critically assess intelligence products with respect to a client’s needs and requirements

Intellectual skills

·        undertake autonomous evidence based learning, including the identification and review of literature, set and solve problems, and process research data by reading and writing critically and analytically

·        express originality and creativity in the application of knowledge and understanding

·        design and undertake a significant research project using a range of materials and relevant methodological approaches and theoretical frameworks

·        demonstrate awareness of and respond to ethical consideration and concerns relevant to undertaking research on security matters

Transferable/key skills

·        present materials and ideas coherently in written and verbal form, with clear use of language, professional referencing and use of tables, diagrams and graphics where appropriate

·        communicate effectively with audiences at different levels (peer group, academic staff, professionals)

·        work flexibly and constructively in collaborative groups or independently

·        give and receive constructive criticism

·        use a range of information technology resources and demonstrate the ability to use and evaluate internet sites perceptively and responsibly

·        recognise and present an awareness of intercultural and interfaith matters and global citizenship

·        undertake leadership roles and work effectively within team environments

M.A. Security, Intelligence & Strategic Studies Syllabus

International security presents complex, challenging realities for a wide range of actors from nation-states and international organizations, to multi-national corporations. Globalization and increased interdependency have radically changed the way we understand security in relation to the state, society, the economy, and even the biosphere. There is a growing demand for greater attention and coordinated responses from the international community, including not only individual countries but also international organizations such as the European Union (EU), the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) and security alliances such as NATO.  To support these organizations there is a need for knowledgeable, well-informed experts with the skills to not only react to crises but to identify and anticipate the threats and challenges that create crises. These experts can and should come from civilian (e.g. academia, governmental, non-governmental and private sectors) as well as military backgrounds. Bridging these ‘expert’ security communities and ensuring opportunities for dedicated training and shared knowledge, experiences and best practice is the purpose of this MSISS degree programme:

Sr. No.  Subjects of Study

Code

Subject Type

Sem. I

 

 

1         

A History of Security

HS1701

Compulsory

2         

The Study of National Security Versus The Study of Corporate Security

TSNSTSCS702

Compulsory

3         

Criminology and Security

CS703

Compulsory

4         

Detectives and Loss Prevention of Security

DLPS712

Elective

Sem. II

 

 

1         

Intelligence and Security Analysis: Theory and Practice

ISATP704

Compulsory

2         

Arms Control & Disarmament

ACD705

Compulsory

3         

Strategic Studies

SS706

Compulsory

4

Terrorism and Counter-terrorism

TCT713

Elective

Sem. III

 

 

1

Conflict, Security & Peacebuilding

CSP707

Compulsory

2

Intelligence Analysis & Policy Making

IAPM708

Compulsory

3

Political Terrorism

PT709

Compulsory

4

Cyber Security

CS714

Elective

Sem. IV

1

Strategic Framework

SF710

Compulsory

2

Regional Security

RS711

Compulsory

3

Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

ICI714

Elective

Final Project

 

 

12

Dissertation

 

 

 

Careers or further progression

The programme will provide students with the training and knowledge to move into national/ international government/ civil service, NGOs, private security sector, media, armed forces, business related activities (i.e. risk analysis) or academia.

  When you graduate, you will have a solid grounding in security and intelligence processes and practice, and you will have the research analytical and specialist skills for a successful career in the public or private sector. Opportunities include working for the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) or the Somali Police Force (SPF), or as a security professional or intelligence consultant in private sector, and if you are already working in the field, then you will have the skills to advance your career.

  In these areas

  Adult Education

Development Work

Diplomatic Services

EU and International Advisory bodies

EU Institutions

Government Agencies

Government Departments

International Development Agencies

International organizations

 

 

 

Faculties Email:

msiss@accord.edu.so