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Geopolitics and Grand Strategy MA

Geopolitics and Grand Strategy MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

International Relations International Politics

Course type


Course Summary

The world is undergoing significant strategic and geopolitical redefinition. Several major powers have been developing doctrines aligned with their wider strategic objectives in the 21st century. You will investigate the relationships of the major states within the international system, with a focus on: the historical evolution and current revival of the concept of geopolitics including energy security, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the war on terrorism, and democracy promotion; grand strategies including the foreign policy of the US, the re-emergence of Russia and the rise of China; key regional dynamics including the Middle East, European security, international security in South and East Asia, and geopolitical rivalries in Africa. This MA is ideal for you if you wish to pursue a career in the analysis of current international affairs as policy advisers, journalists, researchers, and global and country risk analysts in the security and private sector. Our graduates have gone on to work in: government foreign, defence and development ministries; international media; journalism; academia; think tanks and research institutes such as IISS and RUSI.

Different course options

Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module provides you with training in social science research methods (generic as well as specific to their dissertation research) as well as with a set of professional skills that prepare you for a professional career. The module is run as a series of half-day workshops from which you select three workshops to match your specific needs, depending on disciplinary orientation, previous training and experience, future employment plans and personal interests. The workshops will cover a wide range of topics. The social research methods workshops will include interviewing, ethnographic methods, participatory research techniques, and questionnaire design. The professional skills workshops will include, for example, stakeholder engagement, sustainable livelihoods analysis, environmental impact assessment, project planning, and private sector consulting. The professional skills will also help to prepare those students planning to take a work placement over summer. As part of the module, you will also receive a workshop on dissertation planning and design.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above; qualification should preferably be in a humanities or social sciences subject, such as political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, or area studies and also be considered for the course if qualification is in a different subject area.