The question of war has been at the heart of the human experience since the beginning of political communities and remains an enduring feature of the international system. Understanding the causes and consequences of war is a complex task that requires an interdisciplinary approach. Throughout the course, you will engage with a diversity of fields from the social sciences and humanities to understand the phenomenon of war and the perennial quest for security that characterises international relations.
As you explore fields such as military history, security, intelligence, strategic studies, and international relations, you will develop the knowledge and analytical instruments needed to understand the concepts of war and warfare, the various strategies used to wage it and the intelligence apparatuses that inform those strategies.
From Sun Tzu to ‘Shock ‘n’ Awe’ this degree develops your conceptual and empirical understanding of the use of force in international relations. In the 21st century, with the initial post-Cold War hopes for a ‘New World Order’ having faded, fears of major regional and even global wars are growing. This War, Strategy and Intelligence (Research Training) degree examines the most pressing strategic issues facing the world today and analyses the evolving nature of war and conflict from traditional great power competition to modern forms of hybrid warfare.
Renewed friction between Russia and the West, escalating tensions in the Middle East and South Asia, growing Chinese military assertiveness, and ongoing intra-state violent conflicts around the world demonstrate the continuing need for an in-depth and critical understanding of the dynamics of war, strategy and intelligence.
Our graduates at Aberystwyth University have expansive career opportunities. Previous graduates from our Department have gone on to work:
- in the development sector
- in local and national politics
- for the Diplomatic Service
- for the Civil Service
- for NGOs
- with international organisations
- as journalists
- within academia
- as governmental and social researchers
- for Foreign Offices
- for the military
- in leadership roles in business/industry (CEOs/Chairmans)
- as political assistants
- as teachers, lawyers and accountants.
- Principles of Research Design
- Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
- Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis (for social scientists)
- Research in Politics and International Studies
- Warfare in the 21st Century
- Critical Security Studies: Emerging Issues
- Global Challenges and the Future of International Relations Theory
- International Politics
- The EU in Crisis? Integration and Fragmentation
- Thoughts of War: Strategic Theory and Thinkers
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesInternational Relations Political Science View 550 other Masters in International Relations in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- 2:2 Bachelors (Honours) or equivalent. Non-graduates will be considered individually based on relevant work experience.
- Applicants are encouraged to submit an up-to-date CV as part of their application.
International15500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 15500 GBP per year during 12 months.
National7650 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 7650 GBP per year during 12 months.
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