International Security

University of Aberdeen

M.Sc. Online
12 months
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International Security programme at University of Aberdeen provides an opportunity to study, in depth, a selected theoretical or operational issue which is challenging the international security regime of the modern world.


Why Study International Security at University of Aberdeen

Medium length "research only" degree.

Can be completed in either 12 or 24 months.

Delivers high quality expertise in a particular relevant topic of value to governments, international institutions and world business.

High quality, individual supervision by expert tutors drawn from the wide range of Aberdeen staff.

The MSc Strategic Studies is taught by The School of Social Sciences at University of Aberdeen

Teaching quality is rated as ‘Excellent’, the highest mark attainable, and the most recent national assessment of research quality ranked us as joint sixth in the UK, and one of the top two departments in Scotland.

You are taught by a medium sized department allowing a friendly and intimate atmosphere

We are located in North East Scotland, a cosmopolitan energy hub with links to the rest of the world. It is a vibrant city with the feel of a large town and plenty of open spaces, a beach, countryside and great architecture.

The MSc in International Security at University of Aberdeen is a research degree. It is not a taught programme with any courses. It may be undertaken full-time on-campus, or part-time with occasional visits to the supervisor and regular contact being sustained by email/telephone.


There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

Programme Structure

Dissertation not exceeding 40,000 words in an aspect of international security studies. The dissertation will either display clear evidence of originality in research outcomes and argument, or it will constitute a satisfactory, orderly and critical exposition of existing knowledge within the field concerned. The dissertation is written over all 3 terms.Course AvailabilityWe will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.




180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General 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 International Relations, Politics, History, Geography, Economics, Law, Management, Languages or cognate disciplines. In exceptional circumstances 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.
Document Requirements
  •  Degree Transcript
  •  Personal Statement

Tuition Fee


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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International Security
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