The study of the preparation, threat, use and control of organised force, by both states and non-state actors, for political purposes is the focus of the MSc (Strategic Studies) programme.

The programme has a sharp focus—the role of military power—but to understand the dimensions of strategy, it is necessary to know something about politics, international relations, history, economics, psychology, sociology and geography, as well as technology, logistics, force structure and tactics.

This programme is designed to help students better comprehend the application of military power, as well as the coordination and direction of different resources to achieve political outcomes. It aims to develop broadly educated, politically sensitive, defence and security practitioners as well as defence and security sensitive civilians who have the following skill sets:

  • A nuanced understanding of the pressing national, transnational and regional strategic challenges and issues in the Indo-Pacific;
  • A systematic understanding of the security interactions between states and non-state actors in an increasingly globalised world; and
  • The critical thinking skills essential for the crafting of the national security policies and defence strategies, as well as private sector security policies.
Programme Structure

The programme leading to the degree MSc (Strategic Studies) comprises:

Coursework Track
2 Core + Min 4 / Max 5 Primary + Min 2 / Max 3 Electives
Dissertation Track
2 Core + Min 3 / Max 4 Primary + Min 1 / Max 2 Electives + Dissertation

Only students with a ‘A-‘ average TGPA (Term Grade Point Average) at the end of the first trimester (for full-time students) and ‘A-‘ average CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) at the end of second trimester (for part-time student) will be allowed to write a dissertation. Others will automatically be expected to take two extra courses.

Admission Requirements
  • A Bachelor’s degree with honours from a Singapore university or overseas equivalent
  • Standardised Test Scores: test scores for TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) must be submitted by all applicants except those with undergraduate degrees from universities where English was the medium of instruction. A TOEFL Test Score of minimum 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based) or a IELTS score of minimum 7.0. are required. Test dates must be within two years or less from the date of your application.
  • A university letter stating that English was the medium of instruction must be provided by all candidates whose undergraduate degrees were taught entirely in English but in a non-English speaking country
  • A provisional degree certificate or a university letter stating the expected graduation date is required for applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate studies. The original degree certificate must be provided for verification at the point of matriculation, otherwise candidates will not be admitted to the masters programme
  • A 2:1 UK degree (or overseas equivalent) in Political Science or a related subject for applicants to the NTU-Warwick Double Masters Programme

The Selection Committee will evaluate candidates’ past academic performance, TOEFL/IELTS scores, statement of purpose, essay on an issue of national/international importance, referee reports and work experience when making their decision.

Dates & Fees

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Contact Details

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Nanyang Technological University
50 Nanyang Ave
Block S4, Level B3
Singapore 639798

Tel: +65 6790 6982