EU Intelligence Analysis

Enabling officials to perform intelligence analysis to regional and international standards.

The EU Intelligence Analysis Course (EUIAC) combines foundation and advanced core, strategic, communications, geospatial and statistical analysis courses with common software such as GIS, i2 and SQL as prescribed by international and regional curriculum. Students learn critical thinking, creative thinking, analytic writing, briefing, Structured Analytic Techniques (SATs), communications intelligence (COMINT), historic and contemporary analytic issues. The course draws particular focus to regional and international law, ethical standards, risk, safety and security. Analytic tradecraft and presentation skills are assessed in a simulated exercise.

The course is designed to take students without any knowledge of intelligence to the level of knowledge and skill required of functioning intelligence analysts.

Target Audience

The course assumes some existing knowledge of European security issues. However, anyone who is physically fit with a higher education (degree-level or equivalent), good character, history of personal and professional responsibility and an ethical and justifiable reason to study may attend. Historically, the programme has attracted the following representation:

Internationals: Representatives from EU, UN and other international agencies, missions and institutions. Nationals: National intelligence, military and law-enforcement delegates attending on behalf of European states.
Non-Profits: Functionaries in a position of public trust representing the media, NGOs, charitable and other third sector organisations. Others: Professionals from the private sector, academia and other organisations.

Learning Objectives

ECIM Concepts: Explain the European Criminal Intelligence Model (ECIM), describe the intelligence community and follow security policy as it pertains to intelligence. Understand principles of intelligence oversight, ethics and law.

Critical Thinking: Review, apply and practice critical thinking in intelligence analysis and problem solving. Critically evaluate written assessments using recognised theory and describe how intellectual standards apply to intelligence analysis. Use critical thinking techniques including brainstorming, re-thinking, lateral thinking and red-teaming to provide policymakers with options based on critically assessed, objective and defensible analysis.

Intelligence Production: Review and practice analytic tradecraft in effective intelligence writing. Comply with sourcing standards and write for release. Use SATs effectively in data exploitation/collation, issue/problem development, visualisation and contrarian technique. Overcome historical pitfalls in analytic thinking.

Intelligence Briefing: Understand the needs and wants of the customer, manage customer expectations and disseminate intelligence appropriately. Formulate a short intelligence briefing based on fundamental theory and present analytic results orally and effectively.

GIS Software: Understand the precepts, capabilities, limitations, strengths and weaknesses of GIS and user obligations for DSE and copyright compliance. Import, process and query data sets using GIS software in support of intelligence activity and decision making.

Visualisation Software: Produce and analyse link, case or event charts using i2 software in line with regional and international standards. Import data into templates, customising and defining properties and conducting social network analysis and other intelligence analysis for evidential and intelligence purposes.

Spreadsheets & Databases: Use spreadsheets to collate, analyse and present data, identifying statistically significant trends within a statistically tolerant variance. Understand database concepts and data storage, create database objects, manipulate data and administer local databases.

Communications Intelligence: Identify and close intelligence gaps using analytic databases and software, human collectors, analytic outreach and open sources. Understand sources and types of communications intelligence (COMINT), how to apply for or otherwise obtain it and the nature of the link between subject attribution, communications and events. Understand cell dumps, intercepts, cell site, wi-fi, radio frequency survey and other collection methods. Interpret, collate, and clean raw communications data. Identify current and future developments in communications technology, networks, methods and services for use in analysis. Liaise with communications service providers as or via the single point of contact. Test structured inferences using a range of COMINT techniques and present findings as expert evidence.

Strategic Intelligence: Develop terms of reference and communications strategies to deliver strategic assessments and estimates. Apply strategic conceptual frameworks such as stakeholder analysis, force field theory, scenario modelling, historical analogy, futures modelling and triangulation. Plan intelligence projects that deliver on SMART objectives. Provide advance warning through hypothesis and indicator development linked to collection planning.

Course Format

The EU Intelligence Analysis Course is designed to develop regional skills and knowledge as an intelligence analyst to facilitate analysis at the regional level. To develop these skills a variety of formats and delivery methods have been used including:

  1. Flexible Delivery: Workshops and exercises as well as traditional lectures.
  2. Coaching & Mentoring: Career advice in the security sector from recognised experts, assistance and support with course content and sustained aftercare.
  3. Blended Learning: The latest iteration of the course combines preparatory training via our e-learning platform with consolidated learning in an intensive attendance programme.

Part 1 - e-Learning

Prior to attendance each candidate must pass a preparatory e-learning programme delivered over no less than three months. Candidates are free to sign up and begin study at any time and on their own schedule.

Block 1
Intelligence Analysis & The Community

Block 2
Analytic Standards & Techniques

Block 3
Intelligence Failure

Block 4
Finished Intelligence

Block 5
Analytic Software

Block 6
Intelligence Projects

Between April and May the following webinars and other online events will be scheduled for delivery via a secure platform. These sessions deliver sensitive, complex and practical training needed to provide intelligence analysis across Europe. Each session is approximately 90mins in duration and most often scheduled during CET evenings and weekends to fit in with candidate's professional commitments.

  • Induction & Requirements Management
  • Deception Detection
  • Early Warning
  • Intelligence Issues & Policy
  • Research Methods
  • Pattern Analysis
  • Lifestyle Analysis
  • Counterfactuals
  • Event & Flow Analysis
  • Link Analysis
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Signals & Cyber Intelligence (OTA*)

* Specialised optional training is offered with each of the Institute's courses. Although this extended training does not form part of the curriculum it is assessed and can offer candidates the opportunity to gain a more practical insight into a specific area of their training. These Optional Training Assessments (OTAs) are discretionary and may be offered at any point throughout the study cycle.

Part 2 - Residential/Online School

After completion of the e-learning programme in Stage I, an intensive one week hybrid residential and online school consolidates learning over five consecutive days. The majority of the school is Ex. CAPSTONE, a live training exercise and capability assessment during which candidates take on the role of intelligence analysts. Candidates can choose to attend on-site in Vienna or by video-conferencing online..

Day 1
Induction & Analytics

Day 2
Exercise Capstone

Day 3
Exercise Capstone

Day 4
Exercise Capstone

Day 5
Exercise Capstone

Dates & Times

Candidates are free to sign up and begin studying the e-learning component at any time and on their own schedule. The hybrid residential school runs once a year, beginning on the first Monday in July and running for 5 consecutive days. Candidates may not be admitted to the hybrid residential school without having achieved a passing grade on the e-learning element. Therefore, candidates should ensure they are enrolled by no later than the first week in April to provide sufficient time to complete distance-learning and access to all available scheduled events. Applications take approximately 4 weeks to process but security vetting may take up to 6 months to complete for applicants who lack a current security clearance.


Assessment may be by any valid and accredited competency assessment meeting course requirements. However, competency is most commonly evidenced through the following combination of assessment methods:

  • A pre-selection dossier including validated: security vetting, professional/academic reference checks, higher education certification (degree-level or equivalent), fitness/medical checks and evidence of a relevant career history and assessed knowledge in European security.
  • A score of greater than 49% on the intelligence operations section of the MCPE or an equivalently balanced examination of similar content.
  • Submission of a portfolio of work satisfying the criteria for at least a pass according to the candidate handbook.
  • An approved assessor's independent testimony of observed competency across the intelligence analysis domain of the Integrated Competency Framework (ICF) for Intelligence throughout at least 10 hours of supervised professional practice.


Credentials are fully accredited for compliance with international standards. For further details on Institute requirements, international standards and accreditation, view the Accreditation page.


The EQF Level 3 Award in EU Intelligence Analysis accompanying this credential is earned after accruing 13 credits at approximately 130 guided learning hours.

Fees & Discounts

Not including accommodation, the course is delivered at a cost of €2500. Payment is accepted by bank transfer, card or PayPal. The following pricing options are available:

Distance-Learning Rate: Gain an additional €500 discount by electing to complete the residential element of the course online instead of attending on-site.

Group Rate: If you are booking on behalf of a group, further incentives may apply. Please contact the head of the training and directing staff for further details.

Induction Fees: Candidates using the Institute to obtain a security clearance for the first time must also complete the Intelligence Security (INTSEC) awareness course. Those who have not studied with the Academy before must complete the Intelligence Foundations (INTFND) selection and induction course. Fees for these online short-courses are €350 and €150 respectively.


 IEIS Candidate Handbook (PDF, 352KB)
 EUIAC Syllabus & Curriculum (PDF, 203KB)


Vienna or Online.