Research course

Strategy and Security

University of Exeter · College of Social Sciences
MA by research

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Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (2:1 or equivalent) in any discipline from a recognised institution.

Learn more at the entry requirements page.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MA by Research in Strategy and Security has been developed to allow you to undertake a research project in an area that interests you within a shorter timeframe than a MPhil or PhD.

The award of an MA by Research will provide clear evidence to employers, whether academic or professional, of your ability to conduct independent research and to produce original material within a prescribed timescale. It is ideal both for those who want to pursue careers with a significant research element and for those already in such forms of employment who are interested in pursuing a specific shorter-term research project without taking a career break.

As there is no taught element to the MA, students can complete their research projects via distance learning. Regular supervision and advice will be made available to all students undertaking the MA but distance needs will be accommodated by web-based communication as well as face-to-face supervision. As members of the Strategy and Security Institute, students on the MA by Research will also be offered opportunities to attend some of our key events at no additional cost. These will include our annual RUSI-based policy workshop and Crisis Watch Conference.

Department specialisms

Comparative Political Behaviour & Institutions Public Policy International Studies Political Theory

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.


Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,400 (full-time) £2,200 (part-time)
International students
£16,400 (full-time)

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA by research
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Research Admissions
+44(0) 1392 724490