Taught course

Applied Security Strategy

University of Exeter · Politics

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

UK students
£14,900 (full-time)
International students
£23,400 (full-time)

Excellence Scholarships ranging from £1500 to £5000 are available and will be awarded on merit by the MStrat Scholarships Board to those candidates who demonstrate in their application that they have the academic ability, potential talent and expertise, not only to thrive on the programme but to progress to future leadership roles. Find out more.

Members of the Armed Forces can use enhanced learning credits to offset the cost of the MA Applied Security Strategy. The University of Exeter is approved by the Ministry of Defence as a provider of the Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme which promotes life-long learning.

The Strategy and Security Institute is delighted to work with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to open the MA Applied Security Strategy to Chevening Scholars.

The Chevening Scholarship Programme is the UK’s most prestigious scholarship scheme for students (excluding the USA and EU) funded by the FCO and its partner organisations. Established in 1983, the Chevening Scholarship Programme runs in over one hundred countries and supports about 700 students annually. The scheme is designed to enable young professionals who are current and future leaders, decision makers and opinion formers to study in the UK and then to use their studies and experience to make a positive difference in their own countries when they return. Many former Chevening scholars have gone on to be leaders in their fields and have also become part of the influential Chevening Alumni network.

More information and application details are available on the Chevening website including full details on the Chevening selection process. You will be required to complete the University of Exeter’s application process, including writing a 500 word essay, for consideration by the MStrat Programme Director. Please ensure you annotate your application form to the effect that you are a Chevening applicant.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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