Masters | Postgraduate Course - Applied Security Strategy MA Course Details within University of Exeter

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Tuition fees per year 2019/20 UK/EU: £14,600 full-time, £7,300 part-time International: £22,400 full-time
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Applied Security Strategy MA

Study Details

MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

The MA Applied Security Strategy (MStrat) is an interdisciplinary programme designed to develop confident, critical thinkers with the potential to lead on the development and execution of policy and strategy in an uncertain, culturally-diverse and resource-constrained world. The course content meets the needs of current and future strategic practitioners and anyone who wishes to understand strategy in action.

The programme employs simulations and field trips alongside lectures, seminars and conferences with leading academics and practitioners to create and train experts in the fusion of strategic communications and intelligence. The highly-relevant and practitioner-targeted programme will equip you with the skills to craft policy and strategy in the contemporary security arena.

Module details

Compulsory modules

  • SECM001 Security Strategy in History and in Theory 30
  • SECM002 Security Strategy: Planning, Process and Product 30
  • SECM003A Security Strategy and Resources 30
  • SECM004 Security Strategy: Implementation, Adaptation and Evolution 30
  • SECM005A Crisis Watch: Active Strategy 15
  • SECM006 MA in Applied Security Strategy Dissertation 45

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a Honours degree, 2:1 or equivalent, in any discipline from a recognised institution.

You may also apply for this course if you do not have the required formal academic qualification if you have at least two years of relevant work experience, or have attained appropriate professional qualifications. Suitable work experience might include: government service, working for an international organisation such as the United Nations or for a Non-Governmental Organisation. 

Candidates who do not meet the formal academic admissions criteria will need to convince the MStrat Programme Director, through their application, that they have the intellectual capacity to complete this selective and rigorous Masters course. Please contact us to discuss your application.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

Although many of our graduates become involved with the armed forces, the contacts, knowledge and skills developed during this programme prove invaluable to anyone wishing to pursue a career in:

- politics
- government service
- the diplomatic and intelligence communities
- NGOs
- the media
- private security
- risk analysis, and,
- any other environment where strategic thinking and decision making is required.