MA in Strategy and International Security

How to applyPolitics, Security and International Studies

About the course

War remains a matter of life and death, and although defined by violence, war is a rational tool of policy. The process by which military power is translated into policy effect is strategy. This degree covers theory and practice of strategy including land, sea and air power; terrorism and insurgency; nuclear strategy; technology and war; and ethics. The theory of strategy is tested against historical and contemporary case studies, which include Alexander the Great; Napoleon; the First and Second World Wars; Vietnam; and the war in Afghanistan.

This MA will give you the confidence to turn your ideas into action – you’ll learn the techniques involved with managing crises, including making decisions, dealing with consequences and achieving resolution. This programme will give you transferable knowledge and skills for a wide variety of careers, but especially in fields such as: military, security and risk analysis to name a few.

Key Facts

Tuition Fees

UK/EU: £6,500 full-time
Part time: £720 (20 credits) £2,165 (60 credits) £3,250 (90 credits)

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Overseas: £12,800 full-time

More information on fees can be found in the funding information section of this page.

Application deadlines

All applicants: TBC

Entry requirements


Equivalent to a 2.2 BA Hons degree or higher, in most instances.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each skill.

For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Study information

This MA covers the history and concepts of the strategic studies discipline. You’ll study strategic theory, using historical and contemporary case studies to clarify what theoretical concepts mean in practice. You’ll also learn up-to-date approaches to strategic studies, along with more general skills in writing, research, public speaking and logical analysis.

This programme is made up of core and optional modules, and a 15,000 word dissertation.

Modules are themed around;

  • Communications and International Politics
  • Discourses of Civilisation and Barbarism
  • Global Communications, Globalisation and Development
  • Globalisation and Governance in Practice
  • IR Theory: Classical and Post-Classical Approaches
  • IR Theory: Practical Applications and Case Studies
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Nuclear Proliferation and Non-Proliferation
  • Political Economy in Perspective
  • Political Economy of Global Communications
  • Research Methods in Political Science
  • The Environment in Theory and Practice
  • The EU: National and International Perspectives
  • The EU: Political Integration and Policy Analysis
  • The International Politics of the Environment I: Comparative Perspective
  • The Political Economy of Development
  • Terrorism, Civil Disobedience and Dissent 

* All modules are subject to availability.

Funding information

Future prospects

Studying for an MA in Strategy and International Security at Hull opens up a wide range of careers. Your expert knowledge and skills will be beneficial in any industry requiring strategic acumen and leadership. However, this programme prepares you particularly for careers in the military, government offices, public offices and risk analysis.

Many students also choose to progress with their studies to PhD level. Our staff are highly research active and their specialisms include: strategic studies; international relations theory; international law; international organisations; foreign policy; military history; and ethics of war.