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The MA Strategic Studies course introduces students to the origins and evolution of key strategic concepts.

Under the expert guidance of our renowned academic, you will become familiar with examples of strategic concept application, and the problems and possibilities this poses. Reflect on the relationship between greater political ends, including the use of armed force as the tool of politics, within the context of ethical, legal and economic confines.

Collaborate with academics who have personal experience of public policy, government departments and international organisations (including NATO), or working as advisers to government (including in the UK, the US, France, Italy and Germany).

You will benefit from the high level of our research, which has been recognised worldwide by visiting professorships at leading universities. 80% of our research impact was rated world leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014).

This programme is suitable for graduates with a background in any humanities subject, most social sciences subjects, or Law.

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Strategic studies (core module)
  • 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?

Our MA Strategic Studies aims to prepare you both for the application of academic ideas to pressing real-world problems and further graduate study. The course will also provide you with opportunities 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.


Visit the Strategic Studies MA page on the University of Reading website for more details!

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