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MAIntelligence and Strategic Studies (Specialist)

Aberystwyth University
United Kingdom, Aberystwyth
Tuition fee £15,000 per year
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The Masters in Intelligence and Strategic Studies is one of the most popular taught postgraduate schemes in the Graduate School. It blends the strengths of the Department of International Politics in the area of intelligence studies with that of strategic studies.

With regard to the former field, the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University is one of the leading centres in Western Europe for the teaching and research in intelligence studies. In terms of the sub-field of international relations, the Department was one of the pioneering centres for the study and teaching of strategic studies in the United Kingdom and appointed the first lecturer in strategic studies at a British university in the early 1960s.

This innovative Masters scheme is designed to facilitate the development of a critical awareness of the state of theory and practice in the field of intelligence studies in combination with an in-depth understanding of the contemporary use of force in international relations. The issues and debates explored include contending approaches and conceptual debates concerning the nature and definition of both intelligence and strategic studies, and their mutual relationship.

The Department is renowned for its pioneering research and is recognised as number one in the UK for the study of international politics. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), the Department of International Politics was placed best in Wales with 76% of publications submitted rated as world leading and internationally excellent.

Career opportunities

Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. Your Masters will place you in the jobs market as a highly-trained political specialist with a strength in depth of knowledge on vital subjects such as the organisation of intelligence, covert action, espionage, counter-intelligence, accountability, the impact of 9/11 and the role of intelligence in the invasion of Iraq in 2003 to name some of the more prominent ones. The programme is designed to enable students to evaluate critically the competing interpretations of key international themes, episodes and events, and to acquire the practical skills necessary to work with the original source materials upon which these interpretations are based. You will also graduate with a wealth of postgraduate-level skills which are transferable into any workplace. In addition, the prestige of masters from our department of International Politics wills open doors for you into workplaces in every industry.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States