Strategic Studies and Energy Security
University of Aberdeen
Key Course Facts
This programme draws in the University of Aberdeen’s expertise in international security and the energy sector to deliver detailed understanding of global energy security, in the context of how different countries and regions operate today. The MSc Strategic Studies and Energy Security combines the study of national and internal security with courses in energy politics, energy economics and energy law to equip students with the practical skills needed to understand the character of international security as it relates to energy security.
The aim of this programme is to understand the costs and benefits of the strategies deployed, often of a military nature, to address energy security issues and to enhance our understanding of the difficulties encountered when attempting to assess the prospects for stability and security in key, pivotal 'energy-rich' and 'energy-poor' regions of the international system. In addition, you will study the enduring influence of certain core strategic issues, inherent in the management of power and coercion, on the international system regardless of levels of economic and social development.
The University of Aberdeen plays a central role in developing new technology across the energy sector while also works closely with industry, government and regulatory bodies in developing energy policy and frameworks. Our location at the heart of the Energy Capital of Europe means that our students benefit from direct industry involvement with our programmes.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||Listening - 5.5 or above; Reading - 6.0 or above; Speaking - 5.5 or above; Writing - 6.0 or above.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||90||TOEFL DI code is 0818: Listening - 17 or above; Reading - 21 or above; Speaking - 20 or above; Writing - 21 or above.|
|PTE Academic||62||Listening - 59 or above; Reading - 59 or above; Speaking - 59 or above; Writing - 59 or above.|
|Institution's Own Test||Academic English Pre-sessional Programmes - Pass (valid for one year) OR Academic English Preparation Programme - Pass at Level Four (valid for one year).|
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Strategic Studies and Energy Security, MSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with at least 2:1 or a recognised equivalent in International Relations, Politics, History, Geography, Economics, Law and cognate disciplines such as Business Studies. Applicants without this qualification may be admitted subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of work experience appropriate to the field of study. Also taken into careful consideration is the trajectory of results, an applicant without an overall 2.1 but with 2.1 results in their final two years of study may be admitted.
Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
Positions of University of Aberdeen in top UK and global rankings.
About University of Aberdeen
Dating back to the year 1495 we find the University of Aberdeen, located in the Scottish city of the same name. The main site of this ancient institution is Old Aberdeen, where students in the arts and social sciences as well as the physical sciences carry out their learning. Meanwhile on the significantly more modern campus site Foresterhill, learners in the medical and research fields occupy their own purpose-built buildings, such as Suttie Centre.
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Strategic Studies MA||University of Reading||-||-||-||£9250||£18650||-||Reading||On campus Part-time|
|Strategic Studies MLitt||University of St Andrews||-||-||-||£9900||£20370||-||St Andrews||On campus Full-time|
|Strategic Studies and International Law MSc||University of Aberdeen||-||-||-||-||-||-||Aberdeen||On campus Full-time|
|Strategic Studies and Management MSc||University of Aberdeen||-||-||-||-||-||-||Aberdeen||On campus Full-time|
|International Law, Security and Strategic Studies LLM||University of Aberdeen||-||-||-||-||-||-||Aberdeen||On campus Full-time|
|Strategic Studies MSc||University of Aberdeen||-||-||-||-||-||-||Aberdeen||On campus Full-time|
|Strategic Studies and Energy Security MSc||University of Aberdeen||-||-||-||-||-||-||Aberdeen||On campus Full-time|