Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University

Intelligence and Strategic Studies

This programme is 1 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 1 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 1 of the pioneering centres for the study and teaching of strategic studies in the United Kingdom and appointed the 1st lecturer in strategic studies at a British university in the early 1960s.

Entry requirements

Good undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5% or above or equivalent (e.g. for US students, a Grade Point Average of 2.93); others considered on a case-by-case basis normally through interview; plus evidence of suitability to study the course; references may be required; IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 100 (internet-based).

Course modules

Modules include: intelligence, security and international politics 1900-1945; intelligence, security and international politics since 1945; plus at least 1 of the following: thoughts of war; strategic theory and thinking; contemporary strategic problems. Optional modules may include: theory and practice of international political community; security and defence policy in the European Union; international legitimacy since 1648; the Vietnam syndrome; American foreign policy.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through a combination of examinations, project work, short reports, essays and dissertation. It may, depending on the modules chosen, include seminar presentations, review essays and literature searches.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,700 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 12,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time £ 3,350 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MA Part-time £ 6,125 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Penglais Campus Aberystwyth SY23 3AR Wales

Key information

Department of International Politics
Telephone number: 
01970 622625