Strategic Studies (MLitt) 2020 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.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt)
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 September 2021
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
One year full time
- 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.
UK and EU: £11,420
30 April 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- CV or résumé
- 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.
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 2019–2020 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 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:
- Directed Reading in the History of War and Strategy
- The influence of seapower on history 1805-present
Modules across the School of International Relations are also available to choose from, depending on availability of spaces, which include:
- African Political Thought
- The Changing Face(s) of Diplomacy: Emotions, Power and Persuasion in International Relations
- Emergent Great Powers
- Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
- Conflict and Peace in Post-communist Eurasia
- Political Order and Violence in the Middle East
- 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 Theory
- The Military in Politics
- Politics after the Death of God: Evil and Tragedy in Modern Politics
- International Relations of the Modern Middle East
- International Society and Central Asia
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).
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 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.