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Informa – Defence & Security MSc Covert Investigation and Specialist Intelligence
Informa – Defence & Security

MSc Covert Investigation and Specialist Intelligence

11 Months


Full time, Part time

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GBP 7,995 / per year

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Examine the role of covert investigation and specialist intelligence in fighting serious organised crime, terrorism and community threats

The innovative Covert Investigation and Specialist Intelligence programme explores key themes involving covert and intelligence matters including effectiveness, value, lawfulness, risks and ethics. The course incorporates a wider range of subjects including HUMINT collection, the elicitation of intelligence, investigative interview models, covert techniques, underpinning legislation, oversight mechanisms, intelligence sharing and analysis at local, national and global levels.

Delivered by widely published academics and by experienced practitioners in the field, the course also explores the ethical and legal issues raised by covert activity and intelligence collection and situates them within current academic literature.

Key Information

PGCert / PGDip / MSc Covert Investigation and Specialist Intelligence

All of the course tutors work within the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies (LCAPS) at Liverpool John Moores University. They bring with them a wealth of practical and academic experience and cover research topics including human trafficking to supply the drugs trade; international terrorism; serious and organised crime; intelligence analysis and counter-terrorism; and many have extensive experience within law enforcement related roles.


Students may enrol for the:

  • PGCert (60 credits)
  • PGDip (120 credits)
  • MSc (180 credits)

Students enrolling onto the PGCert/PGDip level may re-enrol in future years to increase the level of their academic award


  • 11 months (PGCert)
  • 22 months (PGDip)
  • 27 months (MSc)

Awarded by

Liverpool John Moores University

This is an LJMU programme and qualification, with enrolment and delivery administered by Informa Connect. The course is taught, assessed, quality assured and awarded by Liverpool John Moores University

About Liverpool John Moores University

The Liverpool Mechanics Institute was founded by people of power and influence who recognised the transformative effects of education and the impact that learning and aspiration could have on individuals, communities and society. It was the first such institution to be founded in England.

This small, pioneering movement was followed by the establishment of the Liverpool Institute and School of Art and the Liverpool Nautical College, and in 1900 Irene Mabel Marsh opened the IM Marsh campus. These organisations together laid the foundations for Liverpool John Moores University, an institution that has grown and flourished and continues to provide opportunities for all.

Today, with a vibrant community of 25,000 students from over 100 countries worldwide, 2,500 staff and 250-degree courses, Liverpool John Moores University is one of the largest, most dynamic and forward-thinking universities in the UK.

The Security Studies programme is delivered by the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. The university combines professionally recognised qualifications with innovative and socially orientated courses. The centre has an outstanding reputation for research, with academic staff contributing regularly to industry journals, advisory groups, governmental policy, as well as gaining regular public exposure through the press and broadcast media.

About the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies

Established in 2015, the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies (LCAPS) has a wealth of professional, practical and academic experience. LCAPS uses this experience to conduct research and provide training within the fields of policing, crime prevention and allied security professions.

The Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies brings together research-active staff from across the University.

LCAPS' interdisciplinary learning portfolio equips students and practitioners with the skills they need to respond to the complex demands of contemporary policing.

The Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies' portfolio of taught degrees is expanding and LCAPS will soon offer one of the most comprehensive portfolios of academic policing programmes.



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