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Honoursmodule: Intelligence Studies


Mr. drs. W.J.M. Aerts en Dr. G.G. de Valk


  1. Understanding the functioning of Intelligence and Security Services.
  2. Acquiring elementary skills regarding intelligence operations (tradecraft).
  3. Training analytical skills, especially interdisciplinary methods and techniques.
  4. To reflect on practitioners research.


This course is aimed at acquiring knowledge concerning the functioning of intelligence and security agencies. The focus is on learning analytical skills, especially on how to analyze manipulated data, or to deal with data that are absent.

For this, special methods and techniques are needed and the student will be trained in these techniques. Some guest speakers will be invited, either to train the students in techniques, or to give them insight that are a result of their practitioners experience.

Intelligence studies encompasses both science and tradecraft. The main focus is on the scientific aspect, as is the case study that will be carried out by a team of students (sessions 6-10). Tradecraft will be mainly dealt with in the second and third session.

Registration at

Registration is possible for students participating in an Honours programme via an online registration form which will be made available on november 28th at 10.00 until 3 december at 17.00 2014 on this website. 

Placement will be at random. If there are still spots open after the application deadline, students will still be able to register.

Part of registration for the module is the writing of a motivation letter.


See Datanose

Min/max participants



participation 10% research paper 90% (composed of different parts of the process 40%, 40%, 10%)

Facts & Figures
Mode Short-term
Credits 6 ECTS, 12 weeks
Language of instruction English
Conditions for admission Preliminary training necessary
Starts in February