The MA by Research in Strategy and Security has been developed to allow you to undertake a research project in an area that interests you within a shorter timeframe than a two year MPhil or three year PhD.
The award of an MA by Research will provide clear evidence to employers, whether academic or professional, of your ability to conduct independent research and to produce original material within a prescribed timescale. It is ideal both for those who want to pursue careers with a significant research element and for those already in such forms of employment who are interested in pursuing a specific shorter-term research project without taking a career break.
The MA by Research is intended both as an award in its own right or as a progression route to a PhD and successful students have the option to transfer to an MPhil or PhD on completion. If you are interested in converting to an MPhil or PhD at a later stage, the MA by Research is also sufficiently flexible to allow you to do so.
As there is no taught element to the MA, students can complete their research projects via distance learning. Regular supervision and advice will be made available to all students undertaking the MA but distance needs will be accommodated by web-based communication as well as face-to-face supervision. As members of the Strategy and Security Institute, students on the MA by Research will also be offered opportunities to attend some of our key events at no additional cost. These will include our annual RUSI-based policy workshop and Crisis Watch Conference.
A Masters by Research degree is assessed by a written dissertation of up to 40,000 words. Your dissertation will not need to constitute an original contribution to knowledge but it will need to provide evidence that you have worked at the current limits of understanding of the subject. There is no taught element, so dedication and enthusiasm for your subject are essential. As with other research students, you may be required to sit in on all or parts of certain modules though. This will follow an initial analysis of your training needs and proposed topic.
Full support for your project will be offered to you throughout. You will be supervised in preparing your thesis by a member of staff with expertise appropriate to your chosen area of study, and, by prior agreement you’ll be provided with access to one of the SSI's honorary fellowship network.