Welcome to New Students

On behalf of all at SSI (academics, professional services and our honorary network) welcome to the fifth MStrat course.  With events on NATO's eastern and southern flanks moving at pace, and with major questions over the future of the EU's security looming large (even before the outcome of the Brexit negotiations) there has seldom been a more pressing need for clear strategic thinking; thinking that can be translated into pragmatic, effective action.

Spectating from the side-lines is easy; you will go beyond mere commentary - using the UK as your 'laboratory' – your MStrat year will offer you the chance to test your own ideas about what 'good enough' security strategy looks like.

We will go through the programme with you when you arrive.  It has been refined, and we have increased the ‘applied’ element to ensure the optimal blend of theoretical and practical but the structure is largely as we originally designed it, not because we lack imagination but because it works! The most significant change has been to add in two reading weeks in Term 1 to enable you to engage fully with the reading lists, the dates are included in the Outline Timetable.  

Expect  to hit the ground running and please participate from the outset: previous students have raised the bar and our speakers have come to expect a professionally challenging encounter when they come to SSI. The Induction is designed to get you straight into the 'applied strategy' experience without any of that 'so when does this course actually start' hanging around that I personally hate. 

I look forward to seeing you and meanwhile if we can help smooth your path to Knightley please do not hesitate to contact Debbie Ironside-Smith, the SSI administrator.  

Have a terrific year at SSI!

Sir Paul Newton
Strategy and Security Institute

Preparing to arrive

For everything you need to know about preparing to arrive please see the University's main website for new students and then please come back to this page to read your subject-specific SSI information for new students.

Please note
If you are studying the MA Applied Security Strategy then you are a postgraduate taught (PGT) student.

If you are studying for an MA by Research, an MPhil, or a PhD then you are a Postgraduate Research (PGR) student; if you are a PGR student, please also see the Graduate Research School website for induction information.