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Strategy, Intelligence and Security

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Key Facts

Code L252
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in any subject

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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In an increasingly interconnected, contested and complex world, international actors face a range of security challenges. These include inter-and intra-state conflict, international terrorism, cyber threats, nuclear proliferation , global health pandemics, transnational crime, population displacement, natural disasters, and climate change. The BSc in Strategy, Intelligence and Security Studies at Aberystwyth University will draw on ideas from strategic, intelligence and security studies to understand and analyse these challenges from different perspectives, and explore innovative and holistic responses to them. 

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Politics (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Department of International Politics: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

94% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months after graduating. (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Studying Strategy, Intelligence and Security studies at Aberystwyth University will enable you to discover the following: 

  • analyse a multitude of threats, risks and challenges affecting the global, regional, national, societal and individual levels; 
  • explore the multi-faceted nature of global challenges by adopting strategic, intelligence and security perspectives; 
  • apply historical and theoretical insights to real-life case studies in order to understand the nature of contemporary strategic, intelligence and security challenges in international politics. 

You will become a student in a department that is first of its kind in the world, and was established shortly after the first world war to strive for a safer and more just world order. 

The department is ranked top 10 in the UK for the subject area of politics (The Complete University Guide 2018). 

Students who study our degrees are highly employable, this was demonstrated in the recent Destination Leavers of Higher Education survey where 95% of our graduates from 2016 entered employment or further study six months after graduating (HESA 2017). 

During the duration of your course, will have the opportunity to participate in our renowned ‘Crisis Games’; a three day role playing exercise in political, economic and diplomatic manoeuvre, developing negotiation and communication, critical thinking, team work, and problem-solving skills.

The Department operates a prestigious Parliamentary Placement Scheme, enabling you to gain valuable experience working alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff) for a period of 4-6 weeks during the summer. During this time you will write reports and speeches, undertake research projects, and respond to constituency issues. There may be further opportunities for you to get involved in elections and various international issues.

The Department also has an International Student Exchange Programme based on close links with carefully selected universities in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, offering you an excellent opportunity to expand your academic and social horizons by spending a part of your university experience abroad.

The Department is also home to Interstate, the oldest student-run international politics journal in the United Kingdom, providing a unique opportunity for you to publish your work (particularly advantageous if you wish to progress to postgraduate study) or gain valuable experience working as part of the editorial team.Stimulating student societies foster a strong sense of community within the department, offering a programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops, alongside numerous social activities such as an annual ball.

Last, but not least, the Department also offers a number of degree schemes and modules taught entirely or partially through the medium of Welsh. 

Our Staff

Lecturers in the Department of International Politics are all research active and qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Exploring the International 1: Central Concepts and Core Skills * IP12420 20
Exploring the International 2: Global Challenges * IP12520 20
War, Strategy and Intelligence * IP10320 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Behind the Headlines * IP12620 20
The Making of the Modern World: War Peace and Revolution since 1789 * IP12820 20
Politics in the 21st Century * IP12920 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
America at War: A Military History of the United States IP26920 20
Capitalism and International Politics IQ22820 20
Contemporary Debates in the Social Sciences SA20120 20
Contemporary Latin America IP28720 20
Intelligence and International Security IP25620 20
International Politics and Global Development IP29220 20
Multiculturalism in Policy and Practice * IQ23720 20
NATO: From Cold War to Hybrid War IP23320 20
People and Power: Understanding Comparative Politics Today IQ23920 20
Political Theory * IP22220 20
Religion and Politics in the Middle East IP29720 20
Russia in World Politics: propaganda, strategic narrative and soft power IQ24820 20
The BRICS in World Politics * IQ20320 20
The Dream of Internationalism: The League of Nations and its Legacies IQ22420 20
War, Politics and Strategy IP20320 20
Warfare after Waterloo: Military History 1815-1918 IP25320 20
Y Meddwl Cymreig mewn Syniadaeth Ryngwladol GQ20920 20
A War on the Mind: Propaganda and Secret Intelligence from the Great War to the 21st Century IP28320 20
Britain And the Islamic World: from 1857 to the Iraq War IQ24020 20
By the People: US Politics. Past and Present IP24420 20
Gender and Sexuality in the Americas IQ22320 20
Global Inequality and World Politics IQ24120 20
International Relations: Perspectives and Debates * IP20120 20
Intervention and Statebuilding IQ20220 20
Justice, Order, Human Rights IQ21720 20
Questions of International Politics and Global Development IP26820 20
Russian intelligence from Lenin to Putin IQ24920 20
Terrorism & Counter Terrorism in the Modern World: Policing, Intelligence & War IP24520 20
The Long Shadow of the Second World War IP22720 20
The Making of National Security Policy IP23720 20
Total War, Total Peace * IQ23420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Dissertation * IP30040 40

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
America At War: a Military History of the United States IP36920 20
Capitalism and International Politics IQ32820 20
Contemporary Latin America IP38720 20
Multiculturalism in Policy and Practice * IQ33720 20
NATO: From Cold War to Hybrid War IP33320 20
People and Power: Understanding Comparative Politics Today IQ33920 20
Religion and Politics in the Middle East IP39720 20
Russia in World Politics: propaganda, strategic narrative and soft power IQ34820 20
The BRICS in World Politics IQ30320 20
The Dream of Internationalism: The League of Nations and its Legacies IQ32420 20
A War on the Mind: Propaganda and Secret Intelligence from the Great War to the 21st Century IP38320 20
Britain And the Islamic World: from 1857 to the Iraq War IQ34020 20
By the People: US Politics. Past and Present IP34420 20
Gender and Sexuality in Latin America IQ32320 20
Global Inequality and World Politics IQ34120 20
Intervention and Statebuilding IQ30220 20
Justice, Order, Human Rights IQ31720 20
Questions of International Politics and Global Development IP36820 20
Russian Intelligence from Lenin to Putin IQ34920 20
Terrorism & Counter Terrorism in the Modern World: Policing, Intelligence & War IP34520 20
The Long Shadow of the Second World War IP32720 20
The Making of National Security Policy IP33720 20
Total War, Total Peace * IQ33420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

Employability is embedded within all courses provided by us. Our degrees provide a solid foundation for a vast array of careers across a range of sectors. In a rapidly shifting global economy, our graduates are adaptable and able to draw on a range of transferable skills, ensuring that they are always in demand.

The skill sets include:

  • Effective problem solving and creative thinking skills;
  • Information technology skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Time-management, organisational skills;
  • Communication skills both written and oral;
  • Self-motivation and self-reliance.

What opportunities are there for me after I complete my degree?

Here is an example of what some of our graduates are doing:

Roles in the development sector, local and national politics, the Civil Service, Government research, Social researcher, roles in the third sector such as with NGOs, work with international organisations, journalism.

What opportunities are there for me whilst studying at University? 

Employability is embedded across our teaching. We teach our students to aim for the career they want, not the job that they can get.

  • The Department operates a prestigious Parliamentary Placement scheme, enabling you to gain valuable experience working alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff) for a period of 4-6 weeks during the summer. During this time, you will write reports and speeches, undertake research projects, and respond to constituency issues. There may be further opportunities for you to get involved in elections and various international issues.
  • The Department is also home to Interstate, the oldest student-run international politics journal in the United Kingdom, providing a unique opportunity for you to publish your work (particularly advantageous if you wish to progress to postgraduate study) or gain valuable experience working as part of the editorial team. Stimulating student societies foster a strong sense of community within the department, offering a programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops, alongside numerous social activities such as an annual ball.

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

Intelligence Studies

Modules on intelligence studies explore the complexities of how intelligence is gathered and assessed before it is disseminated to decision-makers, and you will examine how this process and its products influence responses to security threats. You will also get an opportunity to evaluate the importance of information, secrecy, and surveillance while considering the ethical, moral and legal implications that arise from engaging in intelligence activities through historical case studies.

Strategic Studies

Modules on strategic studies will enable you to situate intelligence dilemmas within the framework of the key strategic concepts that shape our understanding of war and peace. Through an examination of the nature and character of war, you will learn how various actors, technology, geography, and ideology bring about change or create continuity within the international system. 

Security Studies 

Modules on security studies will enable you to identify and understand the range of threats, risks and challenges to international, national and individual security. A key feature of this scheme is the emphasis on innovative teaching approaches such as strategic gaming and role-plays. These innovative activities explore the process of decision-making and develop your analytical and problem-solving abilities. 

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in any subject

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% overall

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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