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Strategic Studies (MSc)

Course Description


Main content:-

Four inter-related taught modules and a summer dissertation of 12 – 15, 000 words linked to material
considered in the taught modules.

The taught modules comprise (1) Strategic Theory, (2) Strategic Nuclear Doctrine (3) Latin America:
security conditions and challenges, and (4) Global Security Issues.

Special features:-

• It scrutinises salient, real-world security issues which challenge governments, armed services,
international organisations, and business around the world.
• This long-established degree programme of high repute has produced graduates with excellent career
prospects for over thirty years, and there is a network of alumni throughout the international system.
• The programme curriculum is regularly reviewed and refreshed by the course director, who has
guided the degree for over thirty years.
• The student body is international, with many countries represented.


Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is one of the UK's most internationally distinguished universities. With an international multicultural community of over 14,000 students drawn from 120 different countries, the University prides itself on offering the very best learning and support facilities for students, from one of the largest and best equipped libraries in Scotland to support services that provide friendly and expert guidance on a range of areas - academic, personal, medical and financial.

The School of Social Sciences is situated on the University’s beautiful Kings College Campus, and includes the departments of Anthropology, Politics & International Relations and Sociology. In coming to Aberdeen, you’ll be joining a vibrant and active postgraduate community, taught and supervised by staff with international reputations for teaching and research.


For further details on this Masters programme, see our Prospectus (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/prospectus/pgrad)

For further details on Politics and International Relations at Aberdeen, visit our website (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/pir).

GOT A QUESTION? If so, contact:

- Jim Wyllie (Programme Director) - Tel: +44 (0) 1224 272725 E-mail: .

- Alyson Millar (Postgraduate Secretary) - Tel: +44 (0) 1224 272762; Email: .

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.


Entry Requirements

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

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