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.
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 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.
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.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment.
- Modern War and Strategy: provides students with essential knowledge of strategy and military history as well as the necessary skills and techniques for the 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 to Strategic Studies students include:
- Agency and Strategy in Non-Western Political Thought
- 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
- 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
Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students.
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 in. 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.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2019 entry.
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.
- A strong 2.1 Honours degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency.
The qualifications listed are indicative of minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
- CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date.
- personal statement indicating your knowledge of the programme and how it will benefit you (500 words).
- a sample of academic written work (2,000 words).
- two original signed academic references.
- academic transcripts and degree certificates.
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.
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