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Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

MA in Strategy and International Security

Postgraduate - Taught MA

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

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 the military, security and risk analysis.

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, as well as a 15,000 word dissertation.

Core modules

  • Strategic Studies: Theory and Practice

    Learn how strategy works, why it's so difficult to get right and how to ensure best practice. Ultimately, this module is about how to win wars and achieve objectives in the face of the enemy. We explore and illustrate the theory through case studies – from the conflicts of Alexander the Great to those of today.

  • Power and the State in International Politics

    This module explores the changing role of the state and the nature of power and ethics in the international system. You'll select three thematic blocks (from a choice of nine), which reflect current global problems and academic expertise.

  • Challenges in International Politics

    This module addresses some of the challenges for effective, democratic and ethical global governance. It engages with the issues for states and other international agents of global political change and interdependence.

  • Approaches to Research

    Extend your understanding of a range of research techniques and skills for the study of politics. This module provides everything you'll need for conducting research in your area of interest – from conducting interviews and focus groups to analysing statistical data and texts.

  • 15,000-word Dissertation

    Which subject fascinates you? The 15,000-word dissertation lets you research that topic in depth under the guidance of a supervisor.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you 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.

The fees shown for Home/EU are for 2018/19 entry. The fees for 2019/20 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

  • International:  £14,000

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

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. It’s open 24/7.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline such as law, history, sociology, human geography, social policy and strategic studies is required, or equivalent prior experience can 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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

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.