Taught course

Strategic Studies

University of St Andrews · School of International Relations

Entry requirements

Admission to a taught programme is normally on the basis of a good first degree with Honours from a UK university (or its overseas equivalent). Final overall grade examples include 2.1 (UK), 2.2 or B+ (Europe), 3.6 GPA (USA), 85% (China), 70% (India).

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Strategic Studies addresses core themes in strategic studies. It is firmly grounded in an historical approach to the subject, both with a view to strategic theory as a subfield of intellectual history and political theory.

Course highlights

  • The programme enables students to apply knowledge of strategy-making and strategic thinking as a historical practice to armed conflict in the contemporary world.
  • The degree is highly interdisciplinary and is run jointly between the Schools of International Relations and History. It is also linked with the new Institute for the Study of War and Strategy, launching in autumn of 2016.
  • The wide-ranging choice of optional modules enables students to tailor the programme’s taught elements to their individual requirements and interests.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Strategic Studies is a one year taught postgraduate programme run jointly by the Schools of International Relations and History, and is linked to the Institute for the Study of War and Strategy. The programme commences in September and ends the following August.

The programme consists of four taught modules taken over two semesters and a 15,000-word dissertation in an area of your choice.

Modules are taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials with average lecture sizes ranging from 20 to 30 students and tutorial sizes ranging from 1 to 15 students. Assessment methods include a combination of examination and coursework.

Every MLitt student is assigned a dissertation supervisor who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 1944