International Security and Intelligence Cambridge, United Kingdom

castle-like building in Cambridge


Through the lens of professional practitioners of the craft and former senior officials closely involved in the world of intelligence, students will explore the role of the intelligence and security agencies in a democratic society, applying the principles of intelligence and security to cutting-edge problems. 

International Security and Intelligence: 21st Century Perspectives on Intelligence and the Modern Nation-State, is delivered by Cambridge Security Initiative (CSi), in partnership with King's College London, Department of War Studies.

Program Dates

July 10, 2022 - August 6th, 2022

10th July- 6th August 2022

Program Fees

Students are responsible for 3 credits AU tuition and for the accommodations fee of $3,079.

Cambridge Security Initiative offers on-site accommodations. Single occupancy accommodation is offered for the duration of the Program either with en-suite or shared bathroom facilities. Linens, towels and cleaning by College staff are provided and laundry facilities are available. There are study and social spaces, wi-fi, a cafe, bar and a fine medieval dining hall. Included in the accommodation fee is breakfast and dinner (Sunday – Friday).




In this four-week, 3-credit course, students will enroll directly with CSi. Students will consider the claims of necessary state secrecy, the threat of nuclear proliferation, of cyber-attack, of terrorism, the problems generated by the demand for energy security, and the security aspects of climate change.

Students will learn about the role of the media and the exploitation of open sources to meet modern intelligence requirements. Intelligence collection, analysis of the product, and its dissemination to customers remain at the core of the intelligence community. Counterintelligence and covert action play more opaque, but still vital roles at the heart of the national state. Understanding these perspectives, what intelligence can achieve, also its limitations, and how it helps to shape policy in the area of defense and foreign policy are major course themes.

Visit the CSi 2022 website for more information.

Course Themes Include:

  • the role of intelligence and security agencies,
  • the 21st century threat landscape in an historical perspective,
  • the intelligence cycle,
  • competing claims of state secrecy,
  • information operations,
  • terrorism,
  • topics in regional security,
  • the security implications of digital revolutions.

Application Deadline

March 20, 2022

If more space is available, applications will move to a rolling basis after this deadline until early April. You will be notified by email with a decision regarding your application for the program.

Please note: This program is competitive and submitting an application does not guarantee admission.

*Application will open once modality and other details have been confirmed.

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Suggested Program Match

The interdisciplinary nature of the program is designed for graduate students. The course has an emphasis on contemporary and future challenges and practice. It will appeal to those with a professional or academic interest in statecraft and the interlocking themes of intelligence, security, defense, and foreign policy formation and implementation, as well as students who simply wish to know more about these themes.