Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a Honours degree, 2:1 or equivalent, in any discipline from a recognised institution.

You may also apply for this course if you do not have the required formal academic qualification if you have at least two years of relevant work experience, or have attained appropriate professional qualifications. Suitable work experience might include: government service, working for an international organisation such as the United Nations or for a Non-Governmental Organisation.

Candidates who do not meet the formal academic admissions criteria will need to convince the MStrat Programme Director, through their application, that they have the intellectual capacity to complete this selective and rigorous Masters course. Please contact us to discuss your application.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Applied Security Strategy (MStrat) is an interdisciplinary programme designed to develop confident, critical thinkers with the potential to lead on the development and execution of policy and strategy in an uncertain, culturally-diverse and resource-constrained world. The course content meets the needs of current and future strategic practitioners and anyone who wishes to understand strategy in action.

The programme employs simulations and field trips alongside lectures, seminars and conferences with leading academics and practitioners to create and train experts in the fusion of strategic communications and intelligence. The highly-relevant and practitioner-targeted programme will equip you with the skills to craft policy and strategy in the contemporary security arena.

Information for international students

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability, information for applicants with lower English language test scores, and all further information for international students can be found at the international page.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the funding page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Professor Patrick Porter, Academic Director
+44 (0)1392 723192