- 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
- Military Effectiveness
- The Military in Politics
Modules across the School of International Relations are also available to choose from, depending on availability of spaces, which include:
- African Political Thought
- Conflict and Peace in Post-communist Eurasia
- Emergent Great Powers
- International Relations of the Modern Middle East
- International Society and Central Asia
- Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
- Political Order and Violence in the Middle East
- Politics after the Death of God: Evil and Tragedy in Modern Politics
- Security and Development in East Asia
- 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
- The Changing Face(s) of Diplomacy: Emotions, Power and Persuasion in International Relations
- Theories of Friendship and Enmity
- Topics in International Political Theory
ptional modules are subject to change each year and require a minimum number of participants to be offered; 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.