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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

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


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