Taught course

Geopolitics and Grand Strategy

University of Sussex · School of Law, Politics and Sociology

Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a humanities or social sciences subject, such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies. You may also be considered for the course if your qualification is in a different subject area. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic requirements, but can show evidence of relevant work and voluntary experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The world is undergoing significant strategic and geopolitical redefinition. Several major powers have been developing doctrines aligned with their wider strategic objectives in the 21st century.

You’ll investigate the relationships of the major states within the international system, with a focus on:

  • the historical evolution and current revival of the concept of geopolitics including energy security, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the war on terrorism, and democracy promotion
  • grand strategies including the foreign policy of the US, the re-emergence of Russia and the rise of China
  • key regional dynamics including the Middle East, European security, international security in South and East Asia, and geopolitical rivalries in Africa.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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