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Which Master degree is better MA in Terrorism studies or MA in Intelligence studies?

Which major is important these days and in the future?


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Hi,
Which Master degree is better MA in Terrorism studies or MA in Intelligence studies?

Which major is important these days and in the future?


Thank you in advance
What do you want to do with the degree in the future? Do you want to be an academic, do you want to work for an organisation, do you want to do private or public work, do you want to be a specialist or a generalist, do you want to work overseas.

Neither is more important than the other these days and no-one can tell the future beyond the probability that terrorism will ebb and flow and change focus, Intelligence will remain a constant, steady need and will change more smoothly.
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What do you want to do with the degree in the future? Do you want to be an academic, do you want to work for an organisation, do you want to do private or public work, do you want to be a specialist or a generalist, do you want to work overseas.

Neither is more important than the other these days and no-one can tell the future beyond the probability that terrorism will ebb and flow and change focus, Intelligence will remain a constant, steady need and will change more smoothly.
Thank you very much for your contribution.

I am from the Middle East, I am 39, and I have a masters degree in security studies. But I currently work in a very different discipline in business, and I am OK with that so far.
Therefore , I do NOT have a near-term plan, niether to work in intelligence or security..but in the long term plan, I mean in the next 5 to 10 years or maybe after retirement, I may wish to work in academia, in an international organization in the United States or the United Kingdom, or in a think-tank ...

What do you think,, shall I go to study intelligence or terrorism, or different major that will help to join an international organisation as an expert or a researcher on the middle east.
Thank you
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Thank you very much for your contribution.

I am from the Middle East, I am 39, and I have a masters degree in security studies. But I currently work in a very different discipline in business, and I am OK with that so far.
Therefore , I do NOT have a near-term plan, niether to work in intelligence or security..but in the long term plan, I mean in the next 5 to 10 years or maybe after retirement, I may wish to work in academia, in an international organization in the United States or the United Kingdom, or in a think-tank ...

What do you think,, shall I go to study intelligence or terrorism, or different major that will help to join an international organisation as an expert or a researcher on the middle east.
Thank you
Frankly, another qualification shouldn't be your focus at this stage. This is a highly competitive area, and there are plenty of people with qualifications and professional experience to fill these roles, and it tends to be the professional experience that counts. So if you haven't been in the armed forces, worked in the security industry, been a logistics expert, worked in an NGO with faith groups etc, then you aren't going to compete with those that have done that for 30 years, knock off a quick MPhil at Cambridge, Oxford, Kings etc and then slip into academia, think tanks etc. So the key is whether your business discipline is directly relevant to terrorism (ie ideology, faith, economic development etc) or intelligence (cyber, telecoms, crypto etc). If not, then I'm afraid your chances are vanishingly small, based on my observations. I did the MSt IR at Cam and have followed the MPhil and MSt IR cohorts for many years and all the 40+ age group that go in that direction are ex-mil, security, intelligence etc just broadening their experience and then moving into exactly the posts you propose. The Bankers, journalists, medics, economists etc on the course aren't.
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Thanks alot again
I am changing my mind, I am thinking of the MA in Politics of the Middle East.
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