Strategic Studies and International Law
University of Aberdeen
Key Course Facts
Our MSc Strategic Studies and International Law provides you with the opportunity to explore the interaction between strategy and international law wherever it occurs. This programme explains how the use of force and power interface with the requirements and expectations of the body of international law, which addresses the conduct of conflict at international and sub-national levels.
An understanding of the theory and practice of the uses of power and force by states to achieve national and international security objectives will be combined with an appreciation of the development and implementation of international law as it attempts to control coercion and to limit violence in the international arena. This programme, conducted jointly by the School of Law and the School of Social Science, provides you with an advanced understanding of the interaction of Strategic Studies and International Law and how this impacts upon the prevention, control and conduct of the use of state and non-state coercion in conflicts in the modern word. Drawing on the expertise of staff from the two schools, this innovative programme combines Strategic Studies courses in the theory and practice of the use of force by international and transnational actors to achieve political and security objectives. International Law courses allow a focused appreciation of the legal considerations which frame many contemporary conflicts.
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 International Law, MSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
Applicants will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with at least a 2:1 standard from a recognised university or body. 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|
|Law LLM||The University of York||89%||5%||0%||£8440||£18700||162||York||On campus Part-time|
|Social Policy and Law MA (Hons)||The University of Edinburgh||76%||0%||5%||£9250||£23100||203||Edinburgh||On campus Full-time|
|International Relations and International Law MA (Hons)||The University of Edinburgh||52%||1%||0%||£9250||£23100||215||Edinburgh||On campus Full-time|
|Law (General) LLM LLM||University of Liverpool||56%||1%||2%||£9900||£20500||147||Liverpool||On campus Full-time|
|Law (Juris Doctor) LLM||The University of York||89%||5%||0%||£9250||£17980||162||York||On campus Full-time|
|International Commercial Law LLM||Brunel University||56%||6%||15%||£10750||£17875||135||Uxbridge||On campus Full-time|
|Law LLM||University of Sunderland||81%||5%||9%||£6750||£13750||125||Sunderland||On campus Full-time|
|Business and Law MA (Hons)||The University of Edinburgh||70%||0%||0%||£9250||£23100||194||Edinburgh||On campus Full-time|
|International Business Law LLM||The University of Law||77%||2%||5%||£10500||-||137||Guildford||On campus Full-time|
|Law (General) LLM||Birkbeck, University of London||79%||10%||5%||£5925||£9045||-||London||On campus Part-time|