Taught course

Strategic Studies and International Law

University of Aberdeen · School of Social Science

Entry requirements

Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree of at least 2:1 standard or equivalent from a recognised university. In exceptional circumstances applicants without this qualification may be admitted to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of work experience, appropriate to the field of study.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This programme has been designed to analyse and explain how the modern uses of power and force interface with the requirements and the expectations of that body of international law which addresses the use of coercion and the conduct of conflict at international and sub-national levels. It combines an understanding of the theory and practice of the uses of power and force by states to achieve national and international security objectives with an appreciation of the development and implementation of international law as it attempts to control coercion and to limit violence in the international arena.

Find out more about courses

This programme is particularly appropriate for those graduates of Law, International Relations, Politics and cognate disciplines such as History, Geography and Economics, and for those with relevant professional experience, who are seeking a concentrated and highly focussed appreciation of the interaction of strategy and international law and how that relationship impacts upon security policies and conflict in the modern era.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
18 months
full time
9 months


full time
6 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Office
+44(0)1224 272762