Strategic Studies (MLitt) 2018 entry

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 application deadline for this course has been extended to 2 May 2018.
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Course type

Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt)

Course dates

  • Start date: 10 September 2018
  • End date: 30 September 2019

If you started this programme in 2017, you can find information about 2017 entry on the 2017 Strategic Studies page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.

Course duration

One year full time (part-time study is available to students with special circumstances)

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

The qualifications listed are indicative 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.

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Tuition fees

UK and EU: £10,360
Overseas: £20,980

Application deadline

2 May 2018. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.

Application requirements

  • CV
  • personal statement indicating your knowledge of the programme and how it will benefit you (500 words)
  • 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).

For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.

Course information

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.

Highlights

  • 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.

Teaching format

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. 

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.

Modules

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 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 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.

Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University’s position on curriculum development).

Students choose two from the range of optional modules available, which includes:

  • Conflict and Peace in Post-Communist Eurasia: examines where and why conflicts have arisen throughout the post-communist space, Eurasia, particularly in the Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia.
  • Conflicts, Security and Democracy in the Greater Caucasus: examines the history, languages and culture of the Caucasus.
  • Foreign Policy Analysis: covers the literature, research topics and current issues in the area of foreign policy analysis.
  • Gender and Terrorism: explores gender as a tool for the construction and maintenance of power.
  • Identity and Collective Violence: studies the concept of violence as a group or collective phenomenon.
  • Ideologies and Social Movements in the Middle East: focuses on prominent ideologies in the modern history of the Middle East, and the role ideas play in the political mobilisation of society.
  • Political Economy of Conflict: provides a political economy perspective on conflict in a developing economy.
  • Political Order and Violence in the Middle East: examines the causes and consequences of political order and violence in the Middle East.
  • Political Philosophy and World Order: explores philosophical reflections on the idea of world order through a study of key political philosophy texts.
  • 'Reason of State': Origin, Nature and Career of a Concept: studies the meaning, origins, development and significance of the notion of 'reason of state' in western political thought.
  • Religion and International Politics: investigates the so-called 'global resurgence' of politicised religion.
  • Security and Conflict in Africa
  • Social Movements, Revolutions and Authoritarianism in North Africa: investigates the dynamics and outcomes of social protests in the authoritarian regimes of North African region in the post-colonial period.
  • Strategic Studies: discusses the major shifts and developments in modern strategic thought and practice, as well as some of the powerful factors that determined and are still determining military possibilities in the modern era. 
  • Terrorism and Liberal Democracy: explores the development of contemporary terrorism; and the conceptional and definitional issues concerning terrorism.
  • The Evolution of United Nations Peacekeeping: looks at the development of United Nations peacekeeping from the 1940s to the present.
  • Topics in International Political Thought: Hannah Arendt: introduces key themes in the international realm through close engagement with the ideas of a single theorist.

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.


The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2018 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.

 

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A number of student-led associations and organisations contribute to development and profile of International Relations throughout the University and the community.

Funding

Recent Graduate Discount
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After the MLitt

Research degrees

In addition to the MLitt, the School offers a two-year Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree option in Strategic Studies.

Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in a PhD programme at St Andrews. 

The Economic and Social Research Council provides PhD studentship funding for UK students which covers university and college fees and contributes towards living costs.

PhD in International Relations

Careers

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.

Contact information

School of International Relations
University of St Andrews
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St Andrews
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Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 1944
Email: irpgt@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Curriculum development

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Tuition fees

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