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MA War, Strategy and Intelligence (Specialist)

MA War, Strategy and Intelligence (Specialist)

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1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

War Studies Humanities / General Studies / Combined Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The MA War, Strategy and Intelligence degree at Aberystwyth University will provide you with the necessary conceptual and empirical tools and knowledge to understand, debate and critique the interconnected phenomena of War, Strategy and Intelligence.


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 and many states and societies. Understanding the causes and consequences of war is a complex task which 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 but elusive 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 used to inform those strategies.


Our graduates 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 etc.


This module delivers an historically informed analysis of the evolution of modern warfare into the 21st century. The module explores various aspects of war and warfare in their contemporary expressions across the domains of land, sea, air, space and cyber. It aims to provide students with a good understanding of the latest strategic trends in areas such as: inter- and intra-state conflict, low-intensity warfare, asymmetric and hybrid warfare, nuclear proliferation, the evolution of the ?War on Terror?, and a potential return to great power competition. This module will examine the most pressing strategic issues facing the world today and allow students to critically engage with the issues that are dominating the global strategic agenda with regard to the use of military force in international relations.

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Entry requirements

Entry Requirements 2:2 Bachelors (Honours) or equivalent. Non-graduates will be considered individually based on relevant work experience. Other Requirements Applicants are encouraged to submit an up-to-date CV as part of their application.