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MA Applied Security Strategy

University of Exeter

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Streatham Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


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.

Learning and teaching

You will experience strategy in action by:

  • Participating in crisis simulations
  • Taking part in field trips
  • Visiting and interacting with think-tanks and policymakers
  • Analysing and presenting case studies

You will work in teams to track and assess contemporary security problems, such as the Iran nuclear issue, and will construct policy advice considering strategic options and implications.


  • Employers value MStrat graduates because they are: critical analytical thinkers, proactive problem solvers, effective communicators, policy focussed and technically and digital literate.
  • You will receive sector focussed career support through engagement with the SSI Honorary Network and dedicated employability sessions.
  • Field trips immerse you in the policy world.
  • MStrat graduates work across the public sector, private sector and a range of consultancies as well as pursuing further study including PhD level.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 26,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Exeter

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  • Campus address

    University of Exeter, Northcote House, The Queen's Drive, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4QJ, England

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