MPhil/PhD Strategy and Security
MPhil: Full time 2-3 years; Part time 4-5 years|
PhD: Full time 3-4 years; Part time 6-7 years
|Start date||September or January|
Our research degrees provide opportunities to study with leading academics and practitioners who are specialists in strategy and security. We particularly welcome enquiries from students seeking to undertake research in our key impact areas.
In addition to a supervisor, students will also have access to a professional mentor from our group of prestigious honorary appointments and Advisory Board. Training in research methods is a core component in the early stages of the PhD. We strongly encourage students to give papers at major conferences and help them to publish their work.
Research students participate in the lively seminar series organised by our research groups with past speakers including leading academics from around the world and senior practitioners such as the Director General of MI5. There are also opportunities to teach.
In addition to MPhil/PhD study, we offer a one-year Masters by Research degree, which involves carrying out a research project under the supervision of one of our academic staff.
Our research agenda is broad and inclusive, incorporating people working across the whole spectrum of contemporary security issues. We have a vibrant, collaborative and interdisciplinary research culture and our international community of researchers and practitioners has an excellent record of winning external funding and promoting collaboration and impact.
We offer research supervision on a range of topics. These include:
- Integrated approaches to conflict prevention and management
- The changing character of contemporary conflict including counter-insurgency and cyber security
- Current challenges in the strategic and security world
- International efforts to stabilise failed, failing or fragile states
- Middle East and North African security
- Decision-making and leadership in strategy
- Strategy and security in the contemporary world
- Strategic understanding
- Defence reform and strategy in the context of wider public policy with particular reference to the UK, US, NATO and the Middle East
- Science, technology and security policy
- Strategy in application
- Humanitarian intervention and the laws of armed conflict
- Civil-military relations, strategic culture and security sector governance
- Arms control and non-proliferation including sensitive technology and arms export controls
- US-European security and defence relations and the role and future of NATO
- Domestic security, public resilience and counter-terrorism
- The politics of defence industrial consolidation in Europe and the US
- Ethics of the use of armed force
Visit our staff profiles to find out more about our particular research interests.
The Strategy and Security Institute is an interdisciplinary research centre established by the University of Exeter to directly address the strategic deficit of a world beset by instability and insecurity.
Building on a critical mass of expertise within the University and a cohort of strategic partners from other organisations, the Institute carries out research, consultancy and teaching in the field of global security and strategy, particularly relating to how individuals and organisations of all kinds deal with conflict, unrest, and crisis under intense pressure.
Entry requirements 2018
Our online learning resource 'Considering a UK PhD?' provides lots of helpful advice and information from staff and students about the PhD experience at Exeter.
You may wish to read our general advice for PhD applicants webpages, which give tips on how to put together a successful research degree application.
Applicants for research programmes are also advised to visit the College's webpages to check for specific advice (see further information link). Here you will be able to find out about staff research interests and make preliminary enquiries about supervision. We advise that you do this before applying.
Requirements for international students
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
English language requirements
Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.
Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.
Other accepted tests
Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.
Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.
Finance: fees and funding
Tuition fees per year 2018/19
- UK/EU: £4,400 full-time; £2,200 part-time
- International: £16,400 full-time
Our Postgraduate Funding webpage provides links to further information. If you are considering a PhD in the future, in addition to University of Exeter funding, we have been successful at securing postgraduate funding for PhD research through our Funded centres.
Find out about current funding opportunities for our Politics research programmes.
Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.
The College of Social Sciences & International Studies has a dedicated Graduate Research School which is committed to supporting its vibrant postgraduate research student community.
The Graduate Research School helps to support both intellectual and social contact between graduates of different disciplines and from different backgrounds and countries. Our team supports both prospective and current postgraduate research students.
Phone: +44(0) 1392 724490
Web: Enquire online
For general enquiries about the Strategy and Security Institute please contact:
Roo Haywood Smith
Phone: +44 (0) 1392 72 6508