Intelligence and Security Studies PhD

The Brunel's Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies Team conduct research in most areas connected with intelligence organisation, management, and analysis. Members of BCISS from other departments contribute to research in fields such as law (which governs the intelligence enterprise in Britain and other democratic states), engineering (which builds the tools used for collection) and cryptography (which protects our secrets). Within the Politics and History team at BCISS, expertise.

Course syllabus:

  1. Political sociology as it applies to institution-building and organisational design of intelligence agencies and communities

  2. Theories of ‘intelligence culture’ and the practice of intelligence around the world

  3. Military doctrine of intelligence, with a focus on UK practices

  4. Analytical methods: the tools and practices of intelligence analysts

  5. Intelligence history: how states have organised and practised intelligence in the period since the bureaucratisation of intelligence, and earlier