University of Aberdeen
Key Course Facts
MSc Strategic Studies provides you with advanced understanding of the use of force in conflict.The MSc Strategic Studies provides you with ability to scrutinise real world security issues which challenge governments, conflict, armed services, peace, international organisations and business around the world. The programme intends to equip you with a range of advanced theoretical and operational understanding of the characteristics, practise and profound effects of use of force by states and non-state actors throughout the international system. The programme is multidisciplinary and international in course content, attracting international students.
You learn about the contribution of strategy as a mechanism for the application of power and force, addressing the nature of strategy, deterrence, arms control terrorism, counterinsurgency, sanctions and limited war. The history of international organisations and challenges contributing to the global order, will be examined. You learn about global security and its developments, policies in different areas and countries globally and defense policies internationally. You look at historical facets of transnational terrorism and different causes, plus you look at domestic, international and cultural ideological factors.
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, 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 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|
|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|