This programme, in the School of International Relations, addresses core themes in strategic studies. It is firmly grounded in an historical approach to the subject, both with a view to military history as well as with a view to strategic theory as a subfield of intellectual history and political theory. It will enable students to apply knowledge of strategy-making and strategic thinking as a historical practice to armed conflict in the contemporary world. Its wide-ranging choice of optional modules enables students to tailor the programme’s taught elements to their individual requirements and interests.
The University of St Andrews, as a small institution with a strong unified academic community, is exceptionally well placed to offer students the benefits of interdisciplinary studies. In the contemporary complex world students need to be prepared to call upon a strong background incorporating skills and a wider academic knowledge which crosses the boundaries of the traditional subject silos. Students taking one of our interdisciplinary degrees can be exposed to excellent academic researchers at the forefront of their discipline and will benefit from the rich dialogue that results from a diverse postgraduate class setting.
Graduates from these programmes can expect to have developed effective communication skills, intercultural understanding and the ability to critically analyse information to solve complex interdisciplinary problems. These strengths are valued by future employers and are equally valuable to those wishing to pursue a research career with an interdisciplinary aspect.
* Unique opportunities to study interdisciplinary subjects in an environment where academics regularly exchange ideas and develop interdisciplinary debate through a vibrant and active seminar, workshop and conference programme.
* An excellent Special Collections library resource.
* Our teaching arises from a foundation of world-class research.
* In our historic town, the academic disciplines are nestled side-by-side stimulating a thriving environment of intellectual discussion between postgraduates, undergraduates and academic staff.