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MSc (Strategic Studies)




What will I learn?


The study of the preparation, threat, use and control of organized 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, defense and security practitioners as well as defense 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 defense strategies, as well as private sector security policies.


It is vital for professionals in the fields of defence and security management to be conversant with the new security concepts and strategic theories, as well as be well-acquainted with the intricacies of strategic planning, design and policy analysis. Such knowledge is also useful for corporate planners grappling with the complexities of the current security paradigms.


The MSc (Strategic Studies) programme has been specially designed to cover a broad spectrum of issues, including:

  • The key concepts and issues underpinning defence polices and strategies
  • Core security issues in the Indo-Pacific region
  • The nexus between non-traditional security issues and the use of force
  • The challenge that terrorism poses to regional and national security

Degree Requirements

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

  • Two core courses
  • Minimum four / maximum five Primary courses
  • Minimum two / maximum three Elective courses

Career Advancement

MSc (Strategic Studies) graduates may pursue careers in the public sector (security, civil defence, policymaking, foreign affairs or the military) and in the defence industry.

Other options include journalism, research, academia and positions with international organisations focusing on security.

Which department am I in?

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Study options

Full Time (27 academic units)

Tuition fees
SG$14,250.00 (8,77,463) per year
Start date

Expected March, July, November 2023


S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Nanyang Technological University,

Block S4, Level B3, 50 Nanyang Avenue,

639798, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An applicant must have completed at least a Bachelor Degree (Honors) or European/German FH Diploma or its equivalent in areas of Science/Electrical/Electronics Engineering from a university with recognized standing with at least a 2nd Class Honors or equivalent. As the Programme instruction medium is English, applicant must be able to demonstrate a satisfactory level of the language. Applicant whose native tongue or medium of instruction from previous studies (Bachelor / FH Diploma) is not English must submit at least one of the following: TOEFL score indicating a minimum of 600 for Paper based test or 100 for internet based test; IELTS: With academic IELTS result of at least 6.5.

For international students

A Bachelor’s degree with honours from a Singapore university or overseas equivalent

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.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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