Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

MA in Strategy and International Security

Postgraduate - Taught MA

Open for admission in 2018/19

Start in September

Full time
MA 1 year

About the course

War remains a matter of life and death, and although defined by violence, war is a rational tool of policy. The process by which military power is translated into policy effect is strategy. This degree covers theory and practice of strategy including land, sea and air power; terrorism and insurgency; nuclear strategy; technology and war; and ethics. The theory of strategy is tested against historical and contemporary case studies, which include Alexander the Great; Napoleon; the First and Second World Wars; Vietnam; and the war in Afghanistan.

This MA will give you the confidence to turn your ideas into action – you’ll learn the techniques involved with managing crises, including making decisions, dealing with consequences and achieving resolution. This programme will give you transferable knowledge and skills for a wide variety of careers, but especially in fields such as: military, security and risk analysis to name a few.

Where you'll study

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £6,755

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

  • International: £13,500

What you'll study

This MA covers the history and concepts of the strategic studies discipline. You’ll study strategic theory, using historical and contemporary case studies to clarify what theoretical concepts mean in practice. You’ll also learn up-to-date approaches to strategic studies, along with more general skills in writing, research, public speaking and logical analysis.

This programme is made up of core and optional modules, and a 15,000 word dissertation.

Core modules

  • Strategic Studies: Theory and Practice

  • Power and the State in International Politics

  • Challenges in International Politics

  • Approaches to Research

  • 15,000-word Dissertation

Our graduates are so numerous at Westminster and Whitehall, they’ve become known as the 'Hull Mafia'

Our expert staff are recognised globally as contributing to the cutting-edge of political research.

Our postgraduate degrees place great emphasis on training you to design and conduct your own research projects, while receiving expert guidance from their supervisors.

Facilities include the £28-million Brynmor Jones Library, a state-of-the-art learning space with more than a million texts and 350 open-access PCs, that’s open 24/7.

Entry requirements

A min. 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline (such as law, history, sociology, human geography, social policy and strategic studies) or equivalent prior experience will be taken into account.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

Studying for an MA in Strategy and International Security at Hull opens up a wide range of careers. Your expert knowledge and skills will be beneficial in any industry requiring strategic acumen and leadership. However, this programme prepares you particularly for careers in the military, government offices, public offices and risk analysis.

Many students also choose to progress with their studies to PhD level. Our staff are highly research active and their specialisms include: strategic studies; international relations theory; international law; international organisations; foreign policy; military history; and ethics of war.