Taught course

Strategic Studies MSc

University of Aberdeen · Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

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Months of entry

January, September

Course content


If you are interested in careers in government organisations, charities and business which require a specific level of understanding of wider issues which may impact specific transactions at state level or business interstate level, Strategic Studies allows you to scrutinise world affairs, understand risks and issues internationally.

You scrutinise world security issues, conflict, armed services, peace, international organisations and business around the world. You will understand the theory and practice of the use of power and force to address national and international security objectives.

Courses include: Strategic Theory, Religion Conflict and Security and your Dissertation. Optional courses include two courses from: Latin America: Security Conditions and Challenges, The Use of Force in International Law, Terrorism and Counter Terrorism, and Global Security Issues.


Why Study at Aberdeen?

  • You study with an international cohort from many other countries and the programme has excellent career prospects across an international alumni
  • You benefit from the New Europe Centre, Centre for European Survey Research and Centre for Global Security and Governance and you are welcome to attend seminars, events and conferences held by these centres.

Quick Facts

  • Start Date – September, January
  • Delivery – Campus
  • Study Options – Full Time, Part Time
  • View English language requirements from the programme page
  • View entry requirements from the programme page
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months

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