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Strategic Studies (MSc)

Course Description

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

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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.


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



Living in Aberdeen

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

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Living costs


Visit the Strategic Studies (MSc) page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Samaila Adelaiye

1643.jpg I chose Aberdeen because the University has a good number of international students and I also loved the mixture of the old style architecture with a very modern twist. I've really enjoyed my studies so far, there is much more academic staff and student interaction than I had expected – I've really benefitted from this personal touch.

I've found the student accommodation really great and it's good to know that if I run into any problems at anytime of the day there is always someone I can talk to. I've learned a lot from fellow students here.


International Masters Scholarship - 20+ Awards

University of Aberdeen has a high academic standard and quality within all of its programmes. It wishes to promote talent and encourage students from:
African Countriesto study a postgraduate qualification at University of Aberdeen

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships are available in January and September
You must have an unconditional offer for a masters taught programme
You must be a full time international student
You must be based at the Aberdeen City campus for your studies

Application Procedure

Once you have received your firm offer from the Vice Principle you will receive a scholarship offer.
Instructions will be sent to you about how to accept your scholarship.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a second class Honours degree or recognised equivalent in International Relations, Politics, Economics, Law, Geography, History or cognate disciplines.
English Language Requirements
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Last Updated

18 August 2017

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