Taught course

Strategic Studies and International Law MSc

University of Aberdeen · School of Social Science

Entry requirements

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Months of entry

January, September

Course content


A highly regarded programme which gives you two complementary perspectives on managing risks across international business, government areas and intertsate issues. You also understand the legal perspetives around any risks, use of force and power exerted which affects security and objectives to be able to anlyse your position and work out how best to manage it.

The programme combines theory and practice and 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 an attempt to limit violence.

This programme is particularly suitable for graduates of Law, International Relations, Politics and cognate disciplines such as History, Geography and Economics, and those with relevant professional experience.

Courses include: Strategic Theory, International Law, Critical Legal Thinking, Latin America: Security Conditions and Challenges, Global Security Issues, Terrorism and Counter Terrorism, The Use of Force in International Law, International Humanitarian Law and your Dissertation. (Some of these courses are optional)


Why Study at Aberdeen?

  • As a University we are located in the city of energy in Aberdeen and we collaborate and learn across the entire supply chain to provide relevant degrees. You are taught Law by the highly respected School of Law which is ranked 10th in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2018)
  • You develop the capability to analyse and research situations, interpresting legal frameworks and diplomatic and strategic frameworks to decide how to deal with a specific scenario as it occurs and may be able to pre-empt some situations.

Quick Facts

  • Start Date – September
  • 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


part time
18 months
full time
9 months


full time
6 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

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