Name of Programme
Postgraduate Certificate Covert Action, HUMINT and Psychology of Intelligence Elicitation
Postgraduate Certificate Covert Action, HUMINT and Psychology of Intelligence Elicitation [Part Time]
Final Award
PGCert
Location
Buckingham
Awarding Institution/Body
University Of Buckingham
Teaching Institution
University Of Buckingham
School of Study
School of Humanities and Social Sciences [Economics and International Studies]
Programme Code(s)
PCTF1PCAH / Full Time / 6 Months
PCTP1PCAH / Part Time / 9 Months / Postgraduate Certificate Covert Action, HUMINT and Psychology of Intelligence Elicitation [Part Time]
Professional Body Accreditation
N/A
Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS)
QAA Master’s Characteristics Statement (2020)
Admission Criteria
The minimum entry level required for this course is as follows (*):

- a first or a good second-class honours degree from a recognised university,

or

- a recognised professional qualification in field or significant relevant work experience.

IELTS: 6.5 average (with 6.0 or above in each component)



Applicable Cohort(s)
January 2023 Onwards
FHEQ Level
7
UCAS Code
Summary of Programme
The Postgraduate Certificate in Covert Action, HUMINT and the Psychology of Intelligence Elicitation (by distance learning) programme is a comprehensive and rigorous study in key areas of covert action and associated human intelligence (HUMINT)-related intelligence collection. It is designed for graduates and intelligence professionals alike who are interested in following or developing a career within a covert and overt intelligence pathway. The programme is designed to complement existing strategic intelligence professionalisation programmes within the law enforcement (College of Policing’s Intelligence Professionalisation Programme) and military (Operation Upsland) professional development environments.

The programme content is particularly relevant given all the changes introduced in the legislation underpinning HUMINT (including new codes of practice, primary legislation and statutory instruments) over the last five years. Expert knowledge of covert policy and practice and the latest research on non-coercive interview/ interrogation techniques are going to be of crucial importance for rising professionals in this area, and this programme aims to produce graduates with this specialised knowledge and the skills required for a career in these areas of intelligence.

The programme also offers a pathway to further study and / or research at postgraduate level. It is designed to deliver insight and critical understanding on covert action, the use and exploitation of intelligence gained from human interactions, and the psychology underpinning effective intelligence and evidential collection during non-coercive interviews and interrogation. Many of these areas are vibrant research agendas as well as being professional requirements.

The intelligence and covert student cohort has been difficult to harness. The nature of the role means unpredictability in availability for intelligence professionals in attending fixed date physical lectures. By offering this programme on a distance learning basis, part-time and full-time, utilising accompanying pre-recorded and hybrid content, the flexibility will appeal to those who wish to undertake academic study but are constrained by short -notice professional distractions.

The design of the course and the universality of many of its topics, offer an opportunity for BUCSIS to reach an international audience as well as the domestic market. Initial scoping suggests there is interest in this programme from both undergraduates and intelligence professionals alike.

Programme Description
The programme has two entry points, January and September each year. The intention, subject to validation, is to launch the programme January 2023. It will be delivered by way of distance learning (online).

It can be completed through full-time study (6 months) or part-time (9 months) and include the following modules:
1) Covert Action (20 units)
2) Human intelligence - HUMINT (20 units)
3) Psychology of Intelligence Elicitation (20 units)


Students on the programme will also be able to benefit from Buckingham’s close association with the NPCC Intelligence Practice research Consortium, a body that promotes academic research within the intelligence community.

Notes:
(1) The Programme leader, Dr Ian Stanier, chairs or is a member of a number of relevant professional portfolios including the National Police Chief’s Council Intelligence Portfolio, the National Crime Agency’s HUMINT Academic Hub and is an Associate Lecturer for the College of Policing’s covert courses.
(2) The enrolment of military personal is linked to ELCAS funding grants and has been priced accordingly to reflect these awards.
(3) An example of the most recent relevant legislative changes in this area is the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Act 2021.

Educational Aims of the Programme
The programme will offer the latest tools and approaches to teach students to think critically and apply their knowledge to practical problems faced by those operating within a covert or sensitive investigation context. The programme will be delivered by staff with expertise in the fields covered within the programme, including covert investigation, managing covert operations, source handling, source control and authorisation. It will involve lecturers whose doctoral research (and subsequent published academic articles) have focused on Intelligence, HUMINT, and elicitation techniques, from which students will greatly benefit.

Specifically, the programme will benefit from having Dr Ian Stanier and Dr Jordan Nunan as lead members of the teaching team, who have between them recognised careers and research outputs in this field. The programme lead, Dr Ian Stanier has experience in providing consultancy and operational advice at the highest governmental and political level in the UK and abroad including North Africa, the Middle East and the South East Asia.
Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

1. Demonstrate knowledge on the impact of covert practices on operational and strategic policy aims.

2. Understanding of the management of intelligence and covert strategies to facilitate decision making and progress policy aims.

3. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and a critical awareness of covert action strategies, a diverse range of HUMINT tactics and the ethical and effective use of science-based intelligence elicitation techniques. It will include an insight into the legislative and internal policies underpinning these activities.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. Core knowledge and understanding is acquired through weekly lectures and interactive online weekly tutorials via Microsoft Teams. Additional online tutorials will be held as required to provide detailed feedback from module tutors.

2. Termly coursework online will be required to test the progress and knowledge gained by the students. Written feedback will be given to students. Coursework may include the writing of an essay or other activity available on the VLE.

3. A weekly video lecture or audio-over-slides presentation will be made available to the students on Moodle.

4. Free access to all BUCSIS-IPRC intelligence-based conferences will be given to all those able to attend

Assessment Strategy

1. Termly essays/coursework to be submitted on Moodle. A list of topics will be offered to the students at the start of term.

100% of the final mark will be made of module assignments. No final examination.

The 100% assessment by coursework will allow the teaching staff to have a greater support to the student in term. This is to avoid the gap between the term when the student has completed the module and the examination term. This is particularly relevant to online programmes, as the students will not enjoy the same level of ‘in-campus’ support by the staff during that gap.
Programme Outcomes

Cognitive Skills

1. Understand the importance of covert practice and management across intelligence and security sector operational and strategic decision making.

2. Critically evaluate states covert and intelligence strategies and policies and their impact on investigation, harm reduction and foreign policy.

3. To be able to apply critical thinking to the analysis of covert policy and practice policy responses given by the State to perceived internal and external threats.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. They will be acquired mainly through video/audio lectures and interactive tutorials online (via Teams), where students will be set specific tasks and questions to prepare for and are expected to undertake both independent and supervised study and research.

2. Students will be given regular feedback on their coursework; specifically, on the essay proposal per course.



Assessment Strategy

1. Termly essays (1 per module) via Moodle: 100% final mark in the programme.
Programme Outcomes

Practical/Transferable Skills

1. Resource and utilise case studies and policy/practice as the relevant background to understand better the current problems impacting on the states use of covert action and intelligence collection methods as that affect state security. In particular, in the context of government, military, intelligence services and LEA operational options and decision-making.

2. Utilise key concepts and theories associated with covert action and investigation to understand current security and be able to make policy recommendations.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the accompanying ethical and efficacy considerations in the use of covert and overt intelligence collection practice in addressing and managing state security threats.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. Practical Skills will be acquired through interactive online tutorials where students will be encouraged to contribute to the discussions and the presentation of individual or group projects/essays.

2. Tutorial hours with the lecturers will also help students gain the skills and the confidence to prepare and defend their coursework in public discussions, as well as encourage them to develop their analytical research skills.

Assessment Strategy

1. Practical skills and critical analysis will be regularly monitored in the termly coursework.



External Reference Points
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Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental or programme handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Date of Production
Summer 2022
Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee
Summer 2022
Date approved by School Board of Study
Summer 2022
Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee
Summer 2022
Date of Annual Review
In line with the university annual monitoring review process

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURES

Postgraduate Certificate Covert Action, HUMINT and Psychology of Intelligence Elicitation

PCTF1PCAH / Full Time / January Entry
Term 1
Winter
Covert Action [L7/20U] (HPFCOVA)
Term 2
Spring
Human Intelligence (HUMINT) [L7/20U] (HPFHINT)
Psychology of Intelligence Elicitation [L7/20U] (HPFPOIE)

 

Postgraduate Certificate Covert Action, HUMINT and Psychology of Intelligence Elicitation [Part Time]

PCTP1PCAH / Part Time / January Entry
Term 1
Winter
Covert Action [L7/20U] (HPFCOVA)
Term 2
Spring
Human Intelligence (HUMINT) [L7/20U] (HPFHINT)
Term 3
Summer
Psychology of Intelligence Elicitation [L7/20U] (HPFPOIE)

 

Postgraduate Certificate Covert Action, HUMINT and Psychology of Intelligence Elicitation

PCTF1PCAH / Full Time / September Entry
Term 1
Autumn
Covert Action [L7/20U] (HPFCOVA)
Term 2
Winter
Human Intelligence (HUMINT) [L7/20U] (HPFHINT)
Psychology of Intelligence Elicitation [L7/20U] (HPFPOIE)

 

Postgraduate Certificate Covert Action, HUMINT and Psychology of Intelligence Elicitation [Part Time]

PCTP1PCAH / Part Time / September Entry
Term 1
Autumn
Covert Action [L7/20U] (HPFCOVA)
Term 2
Winter
Human Intelligence (HUMINT) [L7/20U] (HPFHINT)
Term 3
Spring
Psychology of Intelligence Elicitation [L7/20U] (HPFPOIE)