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International insights and opportunities. Develop a deep practical and theoretical understanding of the ways power is exercised. Explore how conflict is managed and security maintained across the globe. Read more

International insights and opportunities

Develop a deep practical and theoretical understanding of the ways power is exercised. Explore how conflict is managed and security maintained across the globe.

You'll get insights into the pressing geopolitical issues of our age, such as the relationship between the US and China, cybersecurity, the South China Sea, and strategic responses to the problems of terrorism and civil conflict.

Enhance your policy, analytical and research skills and accelerate your career with a globally connected Strategic Studies programme.

Studying with the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, you’ll join a fully integrated Political Science and International Relations programme, giving you access to a broad range of relevant courses and expertise.

What you’ll study

The MSS is in two parts—a taught and a research component.

The taught component starts with a core course and a range of approved courses.

As well as Strategic Studies courses, you can choose from selected International Relations and Political Science courses.

For the research component you can choose between a 60-point dissertation and a combination of a 30-point research essay or project and approved taught courses.

You may get permission from the head of school to do a 90-point thesis in place of the part two research component and some part one courses.

Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Studies

You can choose to study only the taught courses and get a PGDipSS. If you later complete the research courses you’ll receive your MSS in place of the PGDipSS.

Workload

If you are studying full time you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.

You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours work.

Duration

The MSS will usually take 12 months for full-time students and 24 months for part-time students.

The PGDipSS generally takes two trimesters full time or four trimesters part time.

Capital connections

Take advantage of the programme’s location in the nation’s capital and close relationship with the policy, diplomatic and security communities. You’ll develop connections and get practical expertise through seminars, roundtables and guest lectures.

International recognition

Work with internationally recognised staff who are prominent researchers, teachers and commentators on strategic and security issues.

You’ll study alongside the Centre for Strategic Studies, ranked number two in the region by the University of Pennsylvania 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, and 39th worldwide among university think tanks.

Fast-track or fit in with work

You can complete either qualification in a year, giving you a fast-track to specialist expertise in Strategic Studies.

You can also study part time while you work, with courses commonly available in the late afternoon or early evening.

Community

Join a school with a focus on fostering its postgraduate community. Enjoy the benefits of strong relationships with staff, a thriving research culture and practical support through postgraduate seminars and events. You’ll get to hear leading speakers from overseas including the annual lecture by the Kippenberger Visiting Professor in Strategic Studies.

Careers

Gain the expertise needed to work in the wider security community, including government, research organisations and think tanks, civil society and the private sector.

You might work in policy, research, assessment or analysis jobs in organisations with a foreign affairs, defence or intelligence role.

The programme has a successful track record of getting internships in New Zealand and overseas—a good way to set up your career here or further afield.

The Postgraduate Students' Association can give you information and provides a voice for you on campus.



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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

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:

*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

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 and living costs



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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

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

  • International
  • Scotland and EU
  • Other UK

Find out more from the programme page

*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 and the latest postgraduate opportunities

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 and living costs 



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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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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

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

  • International
  • Scotland and EU
  • Other UK

Find out more from the programme page

*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 and the latest postgraduate opportunities

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 and living costs 



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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

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:

Find out more from the programme page

*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 https://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/" target="_blank">funding database via the programme page and the https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/finance-funding-1599.php " target="_blank">latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

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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

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:

*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 funding opportunities page

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

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

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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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The MLitt in Strategic Studies is a one year taught postgraduate programme run jointly by the Schools of International Relations and History, and is linked to the. Read more

The MLitt in Strategic Studies is a one year taught postgraduate programme run jointly by the Schools of International Relations and History, and is linked to the Institute for the Study of War and Strategy.

Highlights

  • The course is firmly grounded in a historical approach to the subject, both with a view to strategic theory as a subfield of intellectual history and political theory.
  • The wide-ranging choice of optional modules enables students to tailor the programme’s taught elements to their individual requirements and interests.

Teaching format

The programme consists of four taught modules taken over two semesters and a 15,000-word dissertation in an area of your choice.

Modules are taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials with average lecture sizes ranging from 20 to 30 students and tutorial sizes ranging from 1 to 15 students. Assessment methods include a combination of examination and coursework.

Every MLitt student is assigned a dissertation supervisor who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. 

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.

Modules

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.



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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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War remains a matter of life and death, and although defined by violence, war is a rational tool of policy. The process by which military power is translated into policy effect is strategy. Read more

War remains a matter of life and death, and although defined by violence, war is a rational tool of policy. The process by which military power is translated into policy effect is strategy. This degree covers theory and practice of strategy including land, sea and air power; terrorism and insurgency; nuclear strategy; technology and war; and ethics. The theory of strategy is tested against historical and contemporary case studies, which include Alexander the Great; Napoleon; the First and Second World Wars; Vietnam; and the war in Afghanistan.

This MA will give you the confidence to turn your ideas into action – you’ll learn the techniques involved with managing crises, including making decisions, dealing with consequences and achieving resolution. This programme will give you transferable knowledge and skills for a wide variety of careers, but especially in fields such as: military, security and risk analysis to name a few.

Study information

This MA covers the history and concepts of the strategic studies discipline. You’ll study strategic theory, using historical and contemporary case studies to clarify what theoretical concepts mean in practice. You’ll also learn up-to-date approaches to strategic studies, along with more general skills in writing, research, public speaking and logical analysis.

This programme is made up of core and optional modules, and a 15,000 word dissertation.

Modules include

  • Strategic Studies: Theory and Practice
  • Power and State in International Politics
  • Challenges in International Politics
  • Approaches to Research
  • 15,000-word Dissertation

* All modules are subject to availability.

Future prospects

Studying for an MA in Strategy and International Security at Hull opens up a wide range of careers. Your expert knowledge and skills will be beneficial in any industry requiring strategic acumen and leadership. However, this programme prepares you particularly for careers in the military, government offices, public offices and risk analysis.

Many students also choose to progress with their studies to PhD level. Our staff are highly research active and their specialisms include: strategic studies; international relations theory; international law; international organisations; foreign policy; military history; and ethics of war.



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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;. Read more
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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