BUCSIS Research Programme

BUCSIS has a vibrant programme of active research currently being undertaken in a range of security and intelligence issues, involving both the UK and overseas. We offer research degrees both at Master’s level (represented by the two-year MPhil programme) and a DPhil (PhD level). Our research programme is headed by Professor Julian Richards. Supervision is also provided by Professor Anthony Glees and Dr Bill Kappis.

We are always looking for interesting new research proposals, and prospective candidates are welcome to approach Professor Richards with ideas in the first instance, by emailing julian.richards@buckingham.ac.uk.

More information on studying for an MPhil or DPhil in the Department of Economics and International Studies.


  • Muhammad Tahir Mahmood is researching the judicial system, security and intelligence agencies and counter-terrorism in Pakistan under the question of “The Role of the Judicial System and Law Enforcement Agencies in Combating Terrorism”
  • Bryony Norburn is working on intelligence history and Bletchley Park, researching the role that women played at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.
  • Andreas Banoutsos is in the final stages of a DPhil degree, which conducts a comparative analysis of domestic security and intelligence agencies in the UK and Greece.
  • Richard Hallows is researching cybersecurity policy in the UK.
  • Olamide Samuel is working on an analysis of national security culture in Nigeria.
  • Diva Patang Wardak is conducting an evaluation of Afghanistan’s new intelligence agency, the NDS.

Successful graduates


  • Megan Munroe (DPhil): A morphological analysis of sporting mega-even security policy
  • Randy Wilson (MPhil): Police intelligence in a counter-insurgency.  Read more about Randy’s experiences.


  • Twana Bawa (DPhil): The privatisation of security in the Kurdish region of Iraq


  • Eugene Eji (DPhil): Terrorism in Nigeria: Threats, responses and strategy
  • Tony Percy (DPhil): Liberal Democracy under Stress: the Oxford Mind and the Threat of Totalitarianism
  • Edmar Salem (DPhil): Female Suicide Bombers: a Comparative Study of Public Attitudes within the Conflicts of Iraq, Israel/Palestine, and Sri Lanka
  • Giles Wollenmann (DPhil): Liberal Intolerance: Applying Borum’s phase model to help identify an in-group’s susceptibility towards ideological development
  • Mohamed Salem (DPhil): Iran and Threat Perception in the Arabian Gulf: A Case Study of the UAE