University of St Andrews

Strategic Studies MLitt

University of St Andrews
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Typology Master
Location St andrews (Scotland)
Duration 1 Year
  • Master
  • St andrews (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    1 Year

The MLitt in Strategic Studies addresses core themes in strategic studies, enabling students to apply knowledge of strategy-making and strategic thinking as a historical practice to armed conflict.

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St Andrews (Fife)
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University Of St Andrews, KY16 9AJ


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· What are the objectives of this course?

The course is firmly grounded in a historical approach to the subject, both with a view to strategic theory as a subfield of intellectual history and political theory. The wide-ranging choice of optional modules enables students to tailor the programme’s taught elements to their individual requirements and interests.

· Who is it intended for?

Students who graduate from the MLitt in Strategic Studies go on to work in various professional fields including law, policy research and consultancy, NGOs, charities, international organisations, civil service and publishing. The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students in building their employability skills.

· Requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree.

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What you'll learn on the course

Political Thought
Israeli Conflict
Emergent Great Powers
Terrorist Violence
Gender and Terrorism
Global Politics
Ethnic Conflict
Political Order

Course programme


The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2018–2019 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2019 entry.


  • Modern War and Strategy: provides students with essential knowledge of strategy and military history as well as the necessary skills and techniques for independent further study of topics and questions in strategic studies.
  • Strategic Thought: provides students with essential knowledge of strategic thought and the history of strategic thought as well as an overview of the academic field of strategic studies

Students choose two from the range of optional modules available. Modules dedicated for Strategic Studies students include:

  • Agency and Strategy in Non-Western Political Thought
  • Clausewitz
  • Directed Reading in the History of War and Strategy
  • The influence of seapower on history 1805-2017

Modules across the School of International Relations are also available to choose from, depending on availability of spaces, which include:

  • African Political Thought
  • The Arab – Israeli Conflict
  • The Changing Face(s) of Diplomacy: Emotions, Power and Persuasion in IR
  • Emergent Great Powers
  • Fundamentals of Terrorist Violence
  • Gender and Terrorism
  • Genocide
  • Global Constitutionalism
  • The Global Politics of Everyday Life
  • Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
  • Peace and Conflict in Post-communist Eurasia
  • Political Order and Violence in the Middle East
  • Political Philosophy and World Order
  • Religion and International Politics
  • Security and Justice Institutions in World Politics
  • Social Movements, Revolutions and Authoritarianism in North Africa
  • Spaces of Securitization
  • State Responses to Terrorism
  • Terrorism and Liberal Democracy
  • Terrorism and Theories of Collective Action
  • Theories of Friendship and Enmity
  • Topics in International Political Thought

The final element of the MLitt is a 15,000-word dissertation. The dissertation should focus on an area of strategic studies in which you are interested. Each student is supported by a relevant supervisor from the School who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation must be submitted by the end of August.

If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.

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Overseas Fee : £21,990

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