Taught course

International Law and Strategic Studies

University of Aberdeen · School of Law

Entry requirements

Normally a 2(1) honours degree in Law (or another related discipline) or equivalent. The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE). For more information see www.abdn.ac.uk/international/english-requirements

Months of entry


Course content

This programme conducted jointly by the School of Law and the School of Social Science provides an advanced understanding of the interaction of International Law and Strategic Studies and how this impacts upon the prevention, control and conduct of the use of state and non-state coercion in conflicts in the modern word. Drawing on the expertise of staff from the two Schools, this innovative programme combines Strategic Studies courses in the theory and practice of the use of force by international and transnational actors to achieve political and security objectives, with International Law courses allowing a focused appreciation of the legal considerations which frame much of contemporary conflicts. Students have the opportunity to develop key skills regarding critical legal and strategic analysis of current security issues through coursework and the completion of a Masters thesis in International Law.

Find out more about courses

The degree qualification is attractive to candidates seeking or following a career in government departments related to foreign and security policies, international organisations, international non-governmental organisations, commercial risk assessment companies, and the armed forces. The programme may also serve to engage in an academic career and prepare a PhD.

The University of Aberdeen, composed of a wide community of international staff and students and located in a cosmopolitan and friendly Scottish city, offers a stimulating environment for the study of International Law and Strategic Studies.

Students on the programme have the possibility to attend the research seminars of the Law School, the research seminars of the School of Social Science, events organised by the Centre for Sustainable International Development as well as by the Centre for Global Security and Governance. Students can also take part in a language course in the language centre.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 or 36 months

Course contact details

Graduate Programmes Coordinator
+44 (0)1224 274260