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MA Applied Security Strategy

Become a confident strategic thinker able to drive and execute policy and strategy, under pressure, at the very highest levels.

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MA Applied Security Strategy

For more information, and to apply for the MA Applied Security Strategy (MStrat), please see our Postgraduate studies website

MA Applied Security Strategy Excellence Scholarship

Excellence Scholarships ranging from £1500 to £5000 are available and will be awarded on merit by the MStrat Scholarships Board to those candidates who demonstrate in their application that they have the academic ability, potential talent and expertise, not only to thrive on the programme but to progress to future leadership roles. Find out more.

The MA Applied Security Strategy (MStrat) is taught in intensive teaching blocks a brief outline of the key components of each teaching block is provided below. As the MStrat is block taught your timetable is not visible through iExeter.

Block teaching datesModules / field trips
Semester one
16 Sept - 20 Sept 2019 Module 1: Pre-reading week - non residential  
23 Sept - 27 Sept 2019 Bespoke Induction
30 Sept - 4 Oct 2019 Module 1: Security Strategy in History and Theory - Week 1
7 - 11 Oct 2019 Module 1: Reading week (optional attendance in Exeter)
14 - 18 Oct 2019 Module 1: Security Strategy in History and Theory - Week 2
TBC Nov 2019 Field Trip Visit to Allied Rapid Reaction Corps
11 - 15 Nov 2019 Module 2: Security Strategy: Planning, Process and Product - Week 1
18 - 22 Nov 2019 Module 2: Reading week (optional attendance in Exeter)
25 - 29 Nov 2019 Module 2: Security Strategy: Planning, Process and Product - Week 2
Semester two
6 - 10 Jan 2020 Module 3: Reading week (optional attendance in Exeter)
13 - 24 Jan 2020 Module 3: Security Strategy and Resources
28 - 30 Jan 2020 Whitehall Immersion , RUSI, London
24 Feb - 20 Mar 2020 Module 4: Security Strategy: Implementation, Adaption and Evolution, Case Study Week and Crisis Management Simulation
23 - 27 Mar 2020 Field Trip to Europe: Brussels/Battlefields of the Somme to visit international institutions
Semester three
27 April - 30 April 2020 Field Trip to Balkans: Bosnia
11 May 2020 Rehearsals for Module 5: Crisis Watch Conference in Exeter
15 May 2020 Module 6: Dissertation Presentations in Exeter
18 - 20 May 2020  Culmination of Module 5: Crisis Watch Conference, RUSI, London
Early Sep 2020  Dissertation Submission deadline

The MA Applied Security Strategy adopts a cohort approach that will require a high degree of collaboration – as in the strategic environment. To set the tone we begin with a short crisis management simulation. The simulation gets you thinking about the key issues involved in applied security strategy; introduces you to the experiential learning techniques which are key to the programme; and helps you to form a strong team dynamic with other students.

The induction provides an excellent opportunity to get to know other students and meet with key members of academic and professional staff. We will introduce you to life at the University of Exeter and some of the resources and facilities you will have sccess to during the course of your degree.

We will provide you with information about teaching and support to make the transition to life as a graduate student as smooth as possible. There will also be a social element, during which we will introduce you to some of our network of honorary professors and fellows: this is an induction not simply to a course, but to a strategic career network.

During induction week you will:

  • Meet the Strategy and Security Institute (SSI) academics and some former students
  • Receive introductory briefings on elements of the MStrat
  • Meet your Tutor and fellow tutees
  • Learn what is meant by crisis watch and take part in a short simulation
  • Be issued with the MStrat course handbook
  • Be given your full course timetable

A drinks party will be held early in the week, and after the keynote lecture from a SSI's Honorary Professor we will hold an buffet supper to welcome you to the SSI and Knightley.

The SSI and its post-graduate students are located in Knightley on the Streatham Campus. The modern building includes a bespoke, fully-equipped teaching space designed for the MA Applied Security Strategy, bespoke syndicate rooms, academic offices as well as the SSI administrative office.

In Knightley and at Exeter your learning will be supported by the latest technology. You will be able to access course materials and lecture notes online; interact and collaborate with other students in our virtual learning environment; and submit and receive feedback on your work electronically. We also use video conferencing so you can benefit from the expertise of a wide range of international academic partners and practitioners during teaching sessions and crisis management simulations.

The Strategy and Security Institute has a close relationship with the London-based leading security and defence think-tank, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). RUSI in Whitehall provides us with our London base and window into the strategic world. It is where we will hold conferences and some seminars, minutes from where policy is made and strategy conceived. The resources of RUSI supports the MA Applied Security Strategy and members of the RUSI team teach key elements of the programme. Contacts made through our link with RUSI will help form the basis of your career security network.

New students

The MA Applied Security Strategy (MStrat) starts in Knightley on Monday 23 September 2019 with its own bespoke induction week followed by the first week of module 1.

Before you arrive please ensure you have activated your IT account and logged in to iExeter to download the MStrat pre-reading suggestions document. Everything else you need to know when preparing to arrive is on the new students website.

Please note: If you are studying the MA Applied Security Strategy you are a postgraduate taught (PGT) student. If you are studying for an MA by Research, an MPhil, or a PhD you are a Postgraduate Research (PGR) student; if you are a PGR student, please also see the Doctoral College website for induction information.