Strategic Studies University College Cork
Price: USD 3,703
  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 2 Years

    Course details

    The MA in Strategic Studies is a two year, part-time degree offered in a fully online format by the School of History. It offers a uniquely well-rounded approach to strategic studies that considers pressing global challenges such as terrorism, nuclear proliferation, international peacekeeping, the changing international system, and the rise of non-state actors and new ways of warfare. It will provide students with a deep understanding of how historical developments have affected the evolution of strategy.

    The course equips students with the knowledge and skills to develop a sophisticated understanding of both the history of strategy and warfare and of contemporary security issues. Its flexible, online delivery will mean that it will appeal to busy professionals as well as those with a broad interest in warfare and strategy.

    Course Details

    This 24-month course consists of two parts – a fifteen month online taught component, which overlaps with a twelve month research phase, culminating in a 20,000 word dissertation.

    In part one, students take the following compulsory online modules:

    • Introduction to Strategic Studies (10 credits) (semester one, year one)
    • The Making of Modern War and Strategy, 1450-1945 (semester one, year one)
    • US Grand Strategy (semester two, year one)

    And select three of the following modules

    • Terrorism, Insurgency and Political Violence (10 credits, semester two, year one)
    • Strategic Studies Summer School (10 credits, semester three, year one)
    • Nuclear Strategy and Diplomacy (10 credits, semester one, year two)
    • Small States, Peacekeeping and Peace Support Operations (10 credits, semester one, year two)

    Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Studies

    Candidates who pass 60 credits of taught modules may opt to exit the programme and be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Studies

    Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Studies

    Candidates who pass 30 credits of taught modules may opt to exit the programme and be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Studies

    Detailed Entry Requirements

    Candidates should hold a primary degree with a Second Class Honours Grade 1 (or equivalent) in History, International Relations or a related discipline. Candidates who hold a primary degree with a Second Class Honours Grade 2 will also be considered subject to the approval of the programme selection committee. 

    Some applicants who do not fulfil the usual entry requirements may be invited for online interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme. Strong references and personal statements are an important part of the application, as is relevant working experience. Prior experiential learning, such as military service, can be taken into consideration by the admissions panel.


    Assessment in the taught component of the course consists of essays, policy papers, reports, analysis of texts, participation in group discussions, and collaborative projects. The dissertation, worth one third of the total mark, and undertaken under the supervision of a staff member, reflects the importance of independent research.

    Updated on 08 November, 2015

    About University College Cork

    UCC was established in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges - at Cork, Galway and Belfast. These new colleges theyre established in the reign of Queen Victoria, and named after her.

    Queen's College, Cork (QCC) was established to provide access to higher education in the Irish province of Munster. Cork was chosen for the new college due to its place at the centre of transatlantic trade at the time and the presence of existing educational initiatives such as the Royal Cork Institution and a number of private medical schools.

    The site chosen for the new college was dramatic and picturesque, on the edge of a limestone bluff overlooking the River Lee. It is associated with the educational activities of a local early Christian saint, Finbarr. It is believed that his monastery and school stood nearby, and his legend inspired UCC’s motto: ‘Where Finbarr Taught, let Munster Learn.’

    On 7 November 1849, QCC opened its doors to a small group of students (only 115 students in that first session, 1849-1850) after a glittering inaugural ceremony in the Aula Maxima (Great Hall), which is still the symbolic and ceremonial heart of the University.

    The limestone buildings of the Main Quadrangle (as it is now known) are built in a style inspired by the great universities of the Middle Ages, and theyre designed by the gifted architectural partnership of Thomas Deane and Benjamin Woodward. The iconic image of UCC, it is set in landscaped gardens and surrounds the green lawn known to all as the Quad.

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