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Your programme of study

If you are interested in the social challenges of our times particularly with regard to security within different countries and regions of the world this programme offers you a combination of expertise to understand the challenges of maintaining business and development within different industries and regions. This is within the context of being presented the wider issues of security and violence which impact every day operations within business and politics. 

You combine Strategic Studies with International Law which then combines your knowledge of security and conflict around the world with an appreciation and understanding the various laws that exist to protect and allow business and country regulations to continue within this environment. International Law looks at trade law such as customs, treaties and in this context helps you build a knowledge of how these are managed in times of crisis. You can also consider bringing in Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law depending upon where you see your degree going in terms of career interests. What this combined degree does offer you is a very strong set of analytical skills, a great level of knowledge about historical events to give you scenarios about how specific issues have been managed and may be likely to be managed within countries and regions of the world.

The programme allows you to study force and power interface with the added dimension of international law and impacts on prevention, control and conduct of state and non state coercion in conflicts. Your knowledge can be applied directly within a range of organisations and businesses. You could work in government departments in an advisory role, foreign affairs, security areas and in policy.  You could also work in commercial risk assessments for private multinational companies, specific industries and the armed forces.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

Introduction

Strategic Theory

International Law

Critical Legal Thinking

Semester 2

Choose from one law and one Strategic Studies course:

Strategic Studies

Latin American Security: Conditions and Challenges

Global Security Issues

Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

Law: International Humanitarian Law

The Use of Force in International Law

International Human Rights Law

Semester 3

Dissertation in Strategic Studies

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/313/strategic-studies-and-international-law/

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught by internationally renowned experts from several departments including our Law School ranked 10th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2018)
  • You can attend seminars provided by the Law School, School of Social Science and events organised by the Centre for Sustainable International Development. There are also wide ranging societies and law projects which you may be able to get involved in
  • Law received a 95% satisfaction rate at University of Aberdeen (National Student Survey 2014)

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months Full Time and 24 Months Part Time
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/tuition-fees-and-living-costs-287.php

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/finance-funding-1599.php

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen:

https://abdn.ac.uk/study/student-life

Living costs

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/finance.php



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Your programme of study. If you are interested in the way our world has been shaped by security issues, conflict, defence policies and how business and other organisations deal with risks in different areas of the world you will be interested in Strategic Studies. Read more

Your programme of study

If you are interested in the way our world has been shaped by security issues, conflict, defence policies and how business and other organisations deal with risks in different areas of the world you will be interested in Strategic Studies. Much is discussed about our world and the challenges we face in terms of conflict but where does this conflict come from? How do different countries look at their security issues and what changes their perception of risk? You study historical issues which have lead to conflict in the world and where this conflict comes from. You look at international organisations and their contribution to global order and you look at domestic policies, ideology, historical influences which continue to play out and cultural ideological factors.

You scrutinise real world conflicts and the application of power and force, learning about global security and development. You study global defence policies, domestic and cultural factors involved in strategy.  The programme attracts a number of international students due to its international focus and graduates go on to wide ranging careers with a focus on strategic studies such as public sector, government organisations, non government organisations, charities, private business, journalism and policy work.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

Strategic Theory

Religion, Conflict and Security

Semester 2

Latin America: Security Conditions and Challenges

The Use of Force in International Law

Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

Global Security Issues

Semester 3

Strategic Theory

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/309/strategic-studies/

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught in a multidisciplinary way to ensure you are provided with the full range of disciplines that make up Strategic Studies
  • You can attend seminars and events held by the Centre for European Survey Research, New Europe Centre and Centre for Global Security and Governance
  •  You learn and apply your knowledge to current and contemporary challenges internationally

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 9, 12, 21 or 24 Months Full Time to Part Time
  • September or January

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/tuition-fees-and-living-costs-287.php

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/finance-funding-1599.php

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen:

https://abdn.ac.uk/study/student-life

Living costs

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/finance.php



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Vesalius College Brussels (the Liberal Arts College and Global Affairs School affiliated with the Free University of Brussels) is pleased to launch its Master Programme in Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies (GPSSS) in Fall 2018. Read more

Vesalius College Brussels (the Liberal Arts College and Global Affairs School affiliated with the Free University of Brussels) is pleased to launch its Master Programme in Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies (GPSSS) in Fall 2018.

Directed by Professor Jamie Shea (NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges), this unique one-year Master’s programme (possibility of part-time modus of evening classes -two-year-) provides students and professionals with comprehensive knowledge and policy-oriented skills at the intersection of peace, security and strategic studies.

Designed, led and taught by a transnational network of leading international academics from top universities and think tanks as well as senior policy-makers from the United Nations, NATO and the European Union, this programme enables students interested in an international career in government, international organisations, think tanks or NGOs to gain unique theoretical foundations, practical skill-sets and high-level contacts.

With its strong links to the policy-making world and university/think tank partners in Brussels, wider Europe, the US and around the globe, the programme offers students a truly global and transatlantic exchange between theory and practice. Major scholars, think tanks, founders of the discipline of peace studies and senior strategists in security studies (including NATO specialists, the Royal Military Academy of Belgium and the Egmont Institute) are brought together in the partnership circle, advisory board and faculty of this programme to allow for a critical and balanced exchange between the perspectives. Graduates of this programme will be equipped to extract the insights, advantages and limitations of these perspectives and approaches to global peace, security and strategy.

Key Features

  • Intensive full-time one-year Master’s programme (*starting from 20 August, 2018) with flexible course formats; possibility of part-time modus of evening classes (two-years)
  • Innovative and interactive teaching, delivered by an outstanding faculty of scholars, practitioners and trainers
  • Organised by Vesalius College in cooperation with three leading partners (Egmont Institute, Royal Military Academy and the Institute of Economics and Peace)
  • Unique bridge between the disciplines, perspectives of peace studies, security studies and strategic studies
  • Strong link between theory and actual practice
  • Internship placement in international organisations, think tanks and NGOs
  • Intensive skills training and policy workshops
  • Strong link to policy-maker scene in Brussels
  • Capstone course that links students to real-life issues and challenges of policy-makers and practitioners

*Dates are subject to change



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This programme, in the School of International Relations, addresses core themes in strategic studies. It is firmly grounded in an historical approach to the subject, both with a view to military history as well as with a view to strategic theory as a subfield of intellectual history and political theory. Read more

MLitt in Strategic Studies

This programme, in the School of International Relations, addresses core themes in strategic studies. It is firmly grounded in an historical approach to the subject, both with a view to military history as well as with a view to strategic theory as a subfield of intellectual history and political theory. It will enable students to apply knowledge of strategy-making and strategic thinking as a historical practice to armed conflict in the contemporary world. Its wide-ranging choice of optional modules enables students to tailor the programme’s taught elements to their individual requirements and interests.

Features

The University of St Andrews, as a small institution with a strong unified academic community, is exceptionally well placed to offer students the benefits of interdisciplinary studies. In the contemporary complex world students need to be prepared to call upon a strong background incorporating skills and a wider academic knowledge which crosses the boundaries of the traditional subject silos. Students taking one of our interdisciplinary degrees can be exposed to excellent academic researchers at the forefront of their discipline and will benefit from the rich dialogue that results from a diverse postgraduate class setting.

Graduates from these programmes can expect to have developed effective communication skills, intercultural understanding and the ability to critically analyse information to solve complex interdisciplinary problems. These strengths are valued by future employers and are equally valuable to those wishing to pursue a research career with an interdisciplinary aspect.

* Unique opportunities to study interdisciplinary subjects in an environment where academics regularly exchange ideas and develop interdisciplinary debate through a vibrant and active seminar, workshop and conference programme.

* An excellent Special Collections library resource.

* Our teaching arises from a foundation of world-class research.

* In our historic town, the academic disciplines are nestled side-by-side stimulating a thriving environment of intellectual discussion between postgraduates, undergraduates and academic staff.

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Minimum English language requirements. please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. Read more
Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.
Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850.

Overview

This course provides an authoritative introduction to the disciplines of military history and strategic studies.

The course introduces the key concepts, theories, debates and issues within the field and will equip students with the knowledge and skills required to develop a sophisticated understanding of the history and conduct of war, of contemporary strategy and of current Irish and European security policies.

The course will appeal to those interested in history, international relations, security studies and war studies. However, no specialist prior knowledge is required.

Course Structure

The course will be delivered through a variety of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Students must take two core courses and two thesis related modules (HY678 & HY679) in addition to two modules chosen from a list of electives available that year. Modules include the Irish revolution 1913-1923, the development of modern warfare 1789-1918, strategic studies, research skills and thesis preparation. Field trips to battlefield sites may also be included as optional over the course of the academic year.

Career Options

Students who have completed the MA in History and Strategic Students have gone on to a variety of different careers including, teaching, journalism, retail and work in the service industry. A number of students have chosen to pursue careers in the Defence Forces in Ireland and overseas.

How To Apply

Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC code
MHP59 Part-time

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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Minimum English language requirements. please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. Read more
Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.
Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850.

Overview

This course provides an authoritative introduction to the disciplines of military history and strategic studies.

The course introduces the key concepts, theories, debates and issues within the field and will equip students with the knowledge and skills required to develop a sophisticated understanding of the history and conduct of war, of contemporary strategy and of current Irish and European security policies.

The course will appeal to those interested in history, international relations, security studies and war studies. However, no specialist prior knowledge is required.

Course Structure

The course will be delivered through a variety of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Students must take two core courses and two thesis related modules (HY678 & HY679) in addition to two modules chosen from a list of electives available that year. Modules include the Irish revolution 1913-1923, the development of modern warfare 1789-1918, strategic studies, research skills and thesis preparation. Field trips to battlefield sites may also be included as optional over the course of the academic year.

Career Options

Students who have completed the MA in History and Strategic Students have gone on to a variety of different careers including, teaching, journalism, retail and work in the service industry. A number of students have chosen to pursue careers in the Defence Forces in Ireland and overseas.

How To Apply

Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC code
MHP58 Full-time

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:
Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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Your programme of study

If you are interested in the maintenance of business and matters of the state within times of conflict, security issues and coercion this programme combines Strategic Studies with Management.  You understand from a historical basis about a range of industries and their management of risk associated with conflict within different countries and regions of the world. You learn about the state actors, social and cultural complexities which provide secure economic trading conditions or a situation which needs to be constantly monitored and managed in order to trade effectively internationally. You combine Strategic Studies with Management Studies to give you wide ranging knowledge and analytical ability to not only manage risk associated with developing and maintaining business internationally within hostile environments but also provide a degree of leadership and decision making. You learn specific business communication and negotiation methods, strategy and its management, and strategic theory and management of innovation.

The degree not only gives you theory and analysis skills of world affairs and specific issues that challenge business constantly but it also gives you the ability to steer business and organisations through or round conflict. You may go on to work for specific multinational industries, rapidly growing companies that want to start up in specific countries, source from different countries or set up regionally around the world and you could be involved in providing strategic direction to growth internationally or managing business anywhere in the world.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

Interpersonal Management, Negotiation and Persuasion

Semester 2

The Leadership Challenge

Managing Change and Innovation

Global Security Issues

Semester 3

Dissertation

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/314/strategic-studies-and-management/

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught by internationally renowned experts from the School of Social Sciences and the Business School
  • You can attend a range of seminars and events from The School of Social Science and Business School
  • We offer you a great range of facilities including the Sir Duncan Rice library which offers great facilities and views and 'Old Aberdeen'

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months Full Time or 24 Months Part Time
  • September or January start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/tuition-fees-and-living-costs-287.php

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/finance-funding-1599.php

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen:

https://abdn.ac.uk/study/student-life

Living costs

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/finance.php



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Your programme of study

If you want a bit more understanding about how large countries operate, large organisations and multinationals in terms of strategy you can adopt to benefit the business or organisation you work in or you want to understand the different types of trading conditions and political landscapes you many encounter  International Law and Strategic Studies LLM is a good option. Within the legal side of the programme you get a good knowledge and understanding in Critical Thinking and Scholarship, problem solving international challenges, humanitarian issues and rights. This gives you an ability to understand the types of challenges you may face in specific countries  You combine this legal knowledge with understanding of security challenges, terrorism, use of force in countries where trade may need more care and attention on a global and local level and where managing risk needs to be carefully considered.

The programme looks at international and transnational actors to achieve political and security objectives looking at the evolution of International Law in a World Crises, organisational law and International Humanitarian Law.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

Strategic Theory

Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship

International Law: A Time of Challenges 

Semester 2

International Humanitarian Law

The use of Force in International Law

International Human Rights Law

Latin America: Security Conditions and Challenges

Global Security Issues

Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/153/international-law-and-strategic-studies/

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You study at one of the top 10 ranked law schools in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2018
  • You develop essential legal thinking to gain higher appreciation of world security issues
  • You are taught by renowned researchers and consultants internationally

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 23 Months Full Time or 24 Months Part Time
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/tuition-fees-and-living-costs-287.php

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/finance-funding-1599.php

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

•            Your Accommodation

•            Campus Facilities

•            Aberdeen City

•            Student Support

•            Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen:

https://abdn.ac.uk/study/student-life

Living costs

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/finance.php



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Your programme of study

If you are interested in how countries manage risk associated with conflict in society, peace-building, defence and policies, business and organisational risk in different countries and the current and future challenges to stability within different countries and regions of the world and your special interest is energy you will be interested in this programme which is dedicated to combining the two areas.  Aberdeen is well known as an energy centre globally and it provides more FTSE 100 companies than many cities due to its connections with the energy industry. Many companies have located their headquarters in Aberdeen and other energy centres include Houston, Texas, plus newer global centres situated around new forms of extraction and nearby centres of population. Managing existing industry and new infrastructure can be very challenging in many respects.  Areas for mineral extraction can be isolated and remote or within areas of the world which are also in conflict. In this situation risk needs to be fully understood to support continuous supply.

You study energy security, fossil fuels adaptation, and the complexities of strategy involved in the energy industry with many learning's from other industries. This programme gives you the knowledge, theory and analysis skills to enable you to work in the energy industry and provide advice about risk. You learn the complex issues involved in setting up new energy extraction facilities and managing existing infrastructure in very challenging environments.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

Strategic Theory

Energy Politics

Introduction to Energy Economics

Semester 2

Global Security Issues

International Energy Security

Semester 3

Dissertation in Strategic Studies

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/932/strategic-studies-and-energy-security/

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You study in the European energy capital in Aberdeen city with many learning's from the industry situated here
  • This is a multidisciplinary programme which offers you several very useful course modules from different departments
  • You are taught by renowned experts internationally

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months Full Time or 24 Months Part Time
  • September of January start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/tuition-fees-and-living-costs-287.php

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/finance-funding-1599.php

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen:

https://abdn.ac.uk/study/student-life

Living costs

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/finance.php



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This Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree brings together European and international partners to provide an integrated study programme engaging with theoretical, empirical and applied approaches to security, intelligence and strategy. Read more
This Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree brings together European and international partners to provide an integrated study programme engaging with theoretical, empirical and applied approaches to security, intelligence and strategy. Studying across Europe you will be able to participate in an optional work-based placement with a practitioner organisation.

● The University of Glasgow is the leading partner in the consortium of universities that have developed this joint masters programme. Other degree awarding partners include Charles University Prague (Czech Republic) and Dublin City University (Ireland).

● Specialist master classes and webinars (online seminars) will be provided by practitioners and visiting academics.


● The programme will address a wide range of challenging intellectual questions, as well as the policy and ethical dilemmas that arise when state and non-state actors seek to resolve threats ranging from traditional interstate conflict to diverse contemporary issues such as terrorism, organised crime, and insecurity and vulnerability associated with technological and cyberspace advancements.

● You will also gain experience of the methods and products (linked to intelligence gathering and analysis, diplomacy and strategic communications) used by states, as well as the international political and economic/business communities to advance their security.

Programme Structure

The programme is structured around a series of mobility periods across two years where you study at the three programme universities for 1 academic semester each. During year 1 you will undertake a series of core courses reflecting the main themes of the programme and research methods training.

In year 2 you will choose a specialist concentration containing a range of optional courses. Also included is a 4th flexible mobility period, during which independent study (dissertation) and an optional work-based learning placement with a relevant non-academic practitioner partner are undertaken.

The periods of mobility are designed to enable you to engage with a variety of perspectives on the three core themes of the programme and promote valuable knowledge and practical skills based outcomes that will feed into future career opportunities.

Year 1

• University of Glasgow (September - December)
• European and international security strategies
• International security & strategic thought
• Intelligence analysis & policy making
• Language option: Arabic, Chinese, Russia, German, French OR Spanish.

Dublin City University (January - May)

• International security
• Intelligence & security analysis: theory & practice
• Political terrorism OR Peace-keeping & peace-making interventions.

Various locations (June - August; optional)

Research period to work on dissertation and engage with placement partner
Summer School (provided by OTH Regensburg), includes training on situational awareness, presentation and communication, analytics and intercultural awareness

[[Year 2 ]]

Charles University Prague (September - February)
You must choose one specialist themed concentration and complete a minimum of four courses (including the core). You may choice a fifth course from any of the options offered to make up the required number of credits. (Additional courses may be added to concentrations and all courses are subject to availability)

Concentration A - Strategic Studies
Concentration B - Regional Security
Concentration C - Security & Technology
Concentration D - Conflict Studies

Independent Study Portfolio (March - August)

During this flexible mobility period you will return to the university location of your primary supervisor. This will be your official academic home for this period. During this period all students have to complete their independent study portfolio which includes a dissertation. Depending on your research topic you may be able to spend some time during this mobility period in a fourth location at one of our associate partners. Some students will also have the opportunity to undertake a 6-8 week work-based placement linked to their dissertation topic. These are offered by our associate non-academic partners and are available on a competitive basis.

A range of formative and extra-curricular features are embedded within this programme. These include

• Language learning opportunities (e.g. German, Czech, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Urdu, Arabic),
• Study Tour opportunities (e.g. Brussels/Paris/London, Washington) to visit key institutions and organisations working in the security sector such as NATO, European External Action Service.
• Policy development exercises, situational workshops and crisis management training events
• A project based Summer School
• Opportunities to attend security focused conferences
• Specialist guest lectures and seminars
• Membership of the University of Glasgow's Global Security Network and the opportunity to work closely with staff from Charles

University’s Deutsch Security Square.
Students (funded and fee-paying) should be aware that the programme involves a minimum of 2 flights once you have arrived at Glasgow.

Airfares are not included

with tuition fees. Possible flights include:

Glasgow to Dublin
• Dublin to Prague OR via optional summer school in Regensburg
• Prague to Dublin OR Glasgow (if not based in Czech Republic for your dissertation period)
• Work-placement students will have additional travel to factor into account

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Our program places the study of war, defence, and security issues within the context of past and present human experience. We combine a broad liberal-arts core with specialized research areas in strategic studies. Read more
Our program places the study of war, defence, and security issues within the context of past and present human experience. We combine a broad liberal-arts core with specialized research areas in strategic studies.

Students entering the MSS program have three options:
-Thesis-based Program
-Course-based Program
-Co-op Program

Students in the MSS program have a maximum of four years to complete their requirements, but are expected to complete their programs in two years. MSS Students receiving financial support through the University and the Centre will be funded through their first two years.

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Discover the origins and evolution of key strategic concepts. Familiarise yourself with examples of their application, and the problems and possibilities these pose. Read more
  • Discover the origins and evolution of key strategic concepts
  • Familiarise yourself with examples of their application, and the problems and possibilities these pose
  • Apply the conceptual frameworks acquired to the analysis of particular security issues
  • Suitable for graduates with a background in any humanities subject, most social sciences subjects, or law

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Strategic practice
  • Key concepts of strategy
  • Origins and causes of war
  • The political economy of civil war
  • Dissertation

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

We provide lots of opportunities for you to develop transferable skills for your future career. Our graduates move on to a wide range of roles, including UK ambassadors, military officers, members of the SAS or intelligence analysts, bankers, political analysts, university lecturers, staff college lecturers, journalists, officials in international organisations or police officers.

Others have gone into industry, teaching, local government administration, charitable foundations or Parliament.



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Upon completing the master’s programme in Urban Studies & Planning, you will be able to. -Understand theories and identify concepts and empirical research methods relevant to urban studies and planning from the related fields of social sciences, humanities, ecology, engineering, architecture, design and art. Read more
Upon completing the master’s programme in Urban Studies & Planning, you will be able to:
-Understand theories and identify concepts and empirical research methods relevant to urban studies and planning from the related fields of social sciences, humanities, ecology, engineering, architecture, design and art.
-Demonstrate a working understanding of the role of urban government, policy-making and planning in urban development.
-Critically and creatively pose and answer significant research questions relevant within and across multiple fields of theory and practice.
-Gather, process and develop relevant conclusions based on information from multiple sources.
-Produce, collect and analyse cases and data relevant to urban phenomena.
-Use digital and other tools to collect, analyse and share data.
-Develop responses to urban problems using relevant tools and techniques for representing, modelling, prototyping, testing and evaluating solutions.
-Understand and develop integrated approaches within and across urban research and applied planning.
-Communicate your understanding of and responses to urban phenomena visually, graphically, orally and in writing.
-Write academic, professional and popular texts on urban themes based on relevant literature.
-Apply and develop skills for co-production of knowledge and co-design.
-Work productively and cooperatively in multidisciplinary, multiprofessional and international environments.

And in terms of knowledge and skills in relation to specialisations and professions, you will be able to:
-Apply the general knowledge and skills introduced, developed and demonstrated within the courses and thesis work.
-Place urban analyses and proposals in relation to your specialisation and contextualise them in relation to others.
-Identify, differentiate and articulate relations among various theories and methods relevant to your specialisation.
-Develop and reflect on your competence in urban studies and planning in relation to your professional role.
-Carry out independent research on urban issues in your field using relevant research methods and responsible scientific practice.
-Analyse phenomena and develop solutions through the use of digital and other tools, such as GIS and CAD.
-Fulfil specific professional degrees in accordance with the relevant professional codes and directives (such as those of architects, landscape architects, and urban planners.
-Demonstrate your competence to work as a professional and/or researcher in urban studies and planning.
-Communicate professionally and constructively with different experts, practitioners and stakeholders in the field of urban studies and planning.
-Articulate your professional identity in terms of established and emerging roles relevant to urban studies and planning.

The University of Helsinki will introduce annual tuition fees to foreign-language Master’s programmes starting on August 1, 2017 or later. The fee ranges from 13 000-18 000 euros. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area, are liable to these fees. You can check this FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees.

Programme Contents

Urbanisation is a global phenomenon that is shaping the future of our societies. Most of the key challenges of contemporary societies are encountered and addressed in cities. Cities provide enormous economic, technical and cultural opportunities, but they are also places of social conflict and segregation as well as environmental and health problems. The magnitude of these challenges implies that no single profession or field of research can tackle them. Urban development requires an integrated approach. To this end, two prominent Finnish universities have joined forces in this unique and interdisciplinary Master’s programme.

The Master’s Programme in Urban Studies and Planning prepares you to excel as a professional capable of understanding and addressing complex urban development challenges. You will learn to address such challenges through a curriculum and pedagogical approach that includes interdisciplinary breadth as well as depth in core areas of knowledge, skills and practice. The programme balances theoretical, historical and conceptual knowledge with the acquisition of methods, skills and experience. You will thus gain a broad understanding of urban phenomena as well as practical experience in collaborative and practical situations. This is the foundation of the programme and of the elements in the curriculum.

Taking full advantage of the joint university structure, the programme unites leading expertise from the University of Helsinki and Aalto University into three major study lines. The signature elements in the programme are interdisciplinary studies that address urban challenge themes. These themes relate to urgent contemporary issues found not only in Finland but on the European and global scale, including controversies intrinsic to urbanisation. The urban challenge themes may be attached to focus areas, research projects or collaborations within our universities, municipalities and regions in order to provide a constructive and critical framework for study and practice. These themes cross the boundaries of disciplines and professions, and are united in addressing a common challenge and emphasising a forward-looking perspective.

Selection of the Major

There are three study lines in the Master’s programme in Urban Studies & Planning:

Urban Planning and Design
Urban Planning and Design (USP Plans) addresses urban development by integrating the knowledge, skills and pedagogical approaches of planning and design and by developing synergies across multiple disciplines. The constructive power of design to imagine, structure, visualise and communicate is combined with the analytical rigour and critical understanding of planning and urban governance history, methodologies and tools. USP Plans develops and deepens such skills while advancing your professional capabilities through challenge-based learning within concrete cases, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and learning-by-doing experimentation. USP Plans is oriented towards planners, architects, landscape architects, and spatial, service and strategic designers.

Urban Life, Economy and Cultures
Urban Life, Economy and Cultures (USP Peoples) addresses urban development by integrating analysis of socio-economic, digital and physical structures with planning. Here you will explore and apply theories and methodologies from the social and political sciences. The focus is on socio-spatial dynamics changes, including influences of policies and markets, actors and structures, decision-making processes, social mixing and demographics. USP Peoples deepens your knowledge of foundational studies while advancing your professional capabilities through challenge-based and collaborative learning, including situated municipal and field studies. USP Peoples is oriented towards planners, urban economists and managers and those interested in urban humanities.

Urban Ecologies and Systems
Urban Ecologies and Systems (USP Systems) addresses urban development by integrating technical and natural science knowledge. This includes methodologies for studying, assessing and planning for social and ecological resilience, technological innovation and complex adaptive systems. It applies systems approaches to identify multi-dimensional planning while retaining a holistic perspective on the complex and historical dynamics affecting multiple scales. USP Systems develops your understanding of foundational studies while advancing your professional capabilities through challenge-based and collaborative learning, including urban, digital and ecological field studies. USP Systems is oriented towards planners, engineers, architects, landscape architects, and environmental managers.

Programme Structure

The requirement for completing the Master’s programme in Urban Studies and Planning is 120 credits (ECTS), which can be done in two years. The curriculum consists of:

Core Urban Challenge Studios (20 credits)
Common urban challenge studios integrate multiple expert areas to study and address contemporary urban phenomena from different perspectives. Here you will explore urban challenge themes theoretically from different perspectives and you will address them practically within specific cases, sites or initiatives. Your teachers represent key disciplines and professions, and your studies will be conducted in cooperation with partners in research and municipalities. Examples of urban challenge themes include:
-Urban economies and the challenge of governance and welfare.
-Social integration and the challenge of urban typologies and heritage.
-Liveability and the global challenge of fast-paced cities.
-Socio-Ecological habitats and the challenge of densification.

Specialisation coursework (20 credits)
The three study lines offer courses for you to specialise within one of the three competence areas in the broad field of urban studies and planning. Both universities offer courses for each study line; these can be adapted to support your advancement, background knowledge and skills. The courses cover topics such as urban geography, urban sociology, urban ecology, urban economics, urban ethnology and history, environmental policy, urban planning, urban design, landscape architecture, real estate economics, service and strategic design, etc.

Core skills and methods coursework (20 credits)
Core skills for thesis research and professional practice are offered as basic courses. These include skills relevant to digital representation, analysis and communication, modalities and techniques of communication and argumentation, research methods and methodologies of academic research. You will learn, for example, how to use digital tools to analyse and study urban phenomena and how to illustrate your ideas and solutions visually and graphically. You will also become familiar with the theories and tools of communication and argumentation, and you will study and apply research methods.

Electives (30 credits)
You can select elective courses according to your personal study plan. You can select electives to deepen your knowledge in a specialisation or broaden your exposure to additional areas relevant to planning. For architects and landscape architects, some electives will guide your development according to the EU directive for these professions. You can also take courses at other Finnish universities, in a student exchange abroad, or in an internship in city planning and development.

Master’s Thesis (30 credits)

Career Prospects

The programme prepares you to be a professional in a field that is meaningful, growing and in demand. You will acquire the knowledge, skills and experience needed to fill both traditional and emerging planning roles (such as urban planning and design, real estate development, strategic planning, environmental planning, landscape architecture, policy and service design). To these established or emerging roles, you will bring an integrated understanding of, and training in applying, more interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to urban development. As a graduate you will be prepared to compete for local and international positions within public, private and non-profit organisations, planning, architectural and policy advisory firms, research institutes and NGOs.

Internationalization

The Master’s Programme in Urban Studies & Planning provides international scope in many ways, taking advantage of the unique Helsinki context and diverse urban contexts around the world. Each year, new students in the Master’s Programme in Urban Studies & Planning include both Finnish and international applicants. We look for students whose varied backgrounds, experiences, and education reflect the richness of contemporary society. The teachers of the programme have an international background and experience, and the programme builds on their strong international connections in their respective fields. Researchers and invited lecturers from abroad take part in the teaching of the programme. The Master’s Programme builds on the joint University of Helsinki and Aalto University Bachelor’s Program ‘Urban Academy’, including its teaching faculty, international network and advisory board of leading international experts. Your elective coursework can include a student exchange or internship abroad, and you are also encouraged to collaborate internationally on your Master’s thesis. You will thus have an opportunity to study in an international environment and acquaint yourself with different cultures. For international and Finnish students, Helsinki and Finland are well-known internationally for progressive approaches to planning. Helsinki is a UNESCO creative city; planning and design have strong roles within municipalities, government and the public sector. Finland is a European and international forerunner in technological research and innovation, such as open data in municipalities. Local and national policies support experimental and participatory culture and development. In the context of urban challenges, Helsinki provides a unique case for engaging with progressive approaches to welfare state paradigms, including public-private dynamics, changing demographics and cultures, and diverse approaches to market growth and sustainability.

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This is a specialised Management Masters giving students an opportunity to study a wide range of international business topics. There are three programmes;

MSc International Business and Strategic Management

MSc International Strategic Management

MSc International Business

and all are designed to provide students with knowledge and skills that would be well suited for careers as business consultants and/or strategy analysts in the broad arena of business and management, but especially in the areas of international business and strategic management. It will also be relevant to those wishing to work in business and economic development roles in public sector organisations.

The programme is suitable for students from any background and will rapidly develop an understanding of management and business studies to an advanced level, with particular reference to the current research agenda and innovative thinking in international business practice.

MSc International Business and Strategic Management

Studying on our MSc in International Business and Strategic Management provides you with the chance look in-depth at the factors that shape international business and how strategy is articulated and enacted in a global context. During this programme of study, you will also have the chance to develop your skills in critical analysis, information processing and data presentation. Subject material is studied in an international context to prepare graduates for the global economy in which organisations operate. The programme is suitable for applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, including those with no previous business studies. Upon completing this programme, you will not only be prepared for a range of careers in international business and management, you will also have the skills and outlook necessary to thrive in an increasingly interconnected global workplace.

Term 1
-International Business in the Global Context [20]
-International Political Economy and Business [20]
-Introduction to Strategic Management [10]
-Managing People [10]

Term Break
Term 2
- Research Methods for International Business and Management Studies [20]
-Strategy in Global Organisations [20]

and One option from:
-Continuity and Change in Organisations [20]
-International Marketing Communications and Ethics [20]
-Social and Environmental Accounting [20]
-International Sales Management [20]
-Global Perspectives on HRM and Employment Relations [20]

Term 3 and Summer
- Dissertation (60)

Note: the University reserves the right to change the modules on offer.

MSc International Strategic Management

Studying on our MSc in International Strategic Management provides you with the chance look in-depth at how strategy is formulated, articulated and enacted in a global context. During this programme of study, you will also have the chance to develop your skills in critical analysis, information processing and data presentation. Subject material is studied in an international context to prepare graduates for the global economy in which organisations operate. The programme is suitable for applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, including those with no previous business studies. Upon completing this programme, you will not only be prepared for a range of careers in international business and management, you will also have the skills and outlook necessary to thrive in an increasingly interconnected global workplace.

Term 1
-International Business in the Global Context [20]
-International Political Economy and Business [20]
-Introduction to Strategic Management [10]
-Managing People [10]

Term Break
Term 2
-Research Methods for International Business and Management Studies [20]
-Case Studies in Strategic Management [20]
and One option from:
-International Business Management and Emerging Markets [20]
-Strategy in Global Organisations [20]
-International Sales Management [20]
-International Public Management (20)

Term Break
Term 3 and Summer
- Dissertation (60)

Note: the University reserves the right to change the modules on offer.

MSc International Business

Studying on our MSc in International Business provides you with the chance look in-depth at the factors that shape the international business environment and how corporations respond to these challenges. During this programme of study, you will also have the chance to develop your skills in critical analysis, information processing and data presentation. Subject material is studied in an international context to prepare graduates for the global economy in which organisations operate. The programme is suitable for applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, including those with no previous business studies. Upon completing this programme, you will not only be prepared for a range of careers in international business and management, you will also have the skills and outlook necessary to thrive in an increasingly interconnected global workplace.

Term 1
-International Business in the Global Context [20]
-International Political Economy and Business [20]
-Introduction to Strategic Management [10]
-Managerial Economics [10]

Term Break
Term 2
Qualitative Research Methods [10]
International Business Management and Emerging Markets [20]
and One option from:
-Strategy in Global Organisations [20]
-Innovation and Technology Management [20]
-Financial Strategy and Governance [20]
-International Marketing Communications and Ethics [20]
-Global Perspectives on HRM and Employment Relations [20]
-International Sales Management [20]


Term Break
Term 3 and Summer
-Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis (10)
Dissertation [60]

Note: the University reserves the right to change the modules on offer.

Where you’ll go from here

York Masters students have been successful in developing careers in a range of organisations in many parts of the world. Common destinations on leaving are:
-Accountancy and Audit
-Computing
-Defence and Aerospace
-Finance and Banking
-Healthcare and Medicine
-Insurance
-Management Consultancy
-Market Research
-Pharmaceuticals and Chemicals
-Tourism and Travel
-Transport, Logistics and Distribution

A small number of students each year are keen to continue their studies, enrolling on specialists masters programmes elsewhere in the UK or moving on to The York Management School’s Doctoral programme.

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Digital marketing is driving customer insights, and proves key in improving return on investment and company performance. There is a shortage of skilled people who can manage this process and interpret data to provide a justification for decision making; meaning this MSc Strategic Digital Marketing course is attractive to employers.

Strategic Digital Marketing is an essential aspect of any marketing strategy. By studying this course you will develop the skills and knowledge much sought after in the market place, allowing you to contribute strategically to a business’s success in the digital marketing arena.

You will explore contemporary approaches to strategic marketing in a digital context, and how these can be applied now and in the future. This will give you, your organisation, or prospective employer, a distinct competitive advantage.

The course also provides many opportunities for you to network with fellow students, sharing your experience and workplace ideas, and offers an innovative approach to the issues that today’s marketers face.

The course is currently being considered for accreditation by the IDM (Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing).

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1247-msc-strategic-digital-marketing

What you will study

This course focuses on strategic entrepreneurial marketing and the development of new business models and value propositions based on in-depth insights of both customer and industry/market sector analysis.

It has a clear emphasis on the strategic utilisation of digital marketing theory, strategy, tools and tactics as well as analysis and evaluation of key analytics and metrics in meeting organisational key performance indicators.

You’ll study 180 credits on the course. These credits are made up of the following modules:

- Digital Marketing Management (September – December)
On this module you will learn key aspects of strategic digital marketing planning as well as the changing nature of customer markets and strategic business models. You will be expected to set strategic digital marketing objectives to meet strategic business aims.

- Strategic Entrepreneurial Marketing (September – December)
Gain an understanding of key constructs associated with Strategic Entrepreneurial Marketing, Strategic Entrepreneurial Marketing interfaces with business strategy; and the differentiation between Strategic Entrepreneurial Marketing, and normative marketing planning and management.

- Content Marketing and PR (January to March)
You will be provided with a solid foundation for writing and factual story-telling as well as verbal communication within a marketing and PR context.

- Digital Tools, Technologies and Metrics (January to March)
You will learn about how digital tools and technologies can be used to engage and influence customer conversations and interactions as well as customer retention. You’ll also understand and critique best practice and relevant tools and technologies, application, remuneration and controls to deliver results and find out about how digital tools and technologies interface with business activities to meet strategic aims and objectives.

- Campaign Planning for Marketing and PR (April – May)
On this module you will learn about key constructs associated with Campaign Planning for Marketing and PR; and how strategic digital Campaign Planning for Marketing and PR interfaces with overall organisation strategies and actions.

- Research Methods
Develop your understanding and skills of research in a management and/or professional development context whilst undertaking a critical review of research methodologies and methods.

- Dissertation
A significant piece of research into an appropriate area of study.

Learning and teaching methods

The course is delivered full-time daily and is term-based. Part time students, depending on prior qualifications and experience will be counselled on the flexible options available to them.

You will study through a series of lectures, workshops and internship/work-based learning. The course team work closely with digital marketing professionals who co-deliver elements of the course.

Teaching staff come from a range of academic and practitioner backgrounds. Their expertise comes from a wide range of private and public practice areas as well as academic and research-focussed subjects.

Alumni form an important part of delivery through communicating experiences and inspiring our students. Through social media, we have captured graduates who have studied the course and related modules. It is hoped that this group will facilitate networking and information sharing. A LinkedIn course area has been developed to ensure prospective and current students and alumni can engage and build their professional network.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The MSc Strategic Digital Marketing draws students from a range of backgrounds who share the common goal of wanting to develop as strategic digital marketers. Graduates should greatly enhance their career prospects across a variety of industries in both private and public sectors but may also choose to start up their own business in this growth area. Career options include Social Media Lead, Digital Marketing Manager, Digital Strategy Manager, Marketing Manager, Digital Communications Manager or E-Marketing Manager.

Throughout the course guest speakers representing employers from public, private and third sector industries and organisations provide students with career advice. These sessions will provide you with a broad overview of the different opportunities available to you.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed on a variety of methods, including individual coursework (reports and portfolio work), group projects (reports, presentations, and case studies) and a dissertation/business research project. There are no examinations.

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