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Victoria University of Wellington Master of Strategic Studies – MSS
Victoria University of Wellington

Master of Strategic Studies – MSS

Wellington, New Zealand

1 Years


Full time, Part time

Request application deadline

08 Jul 2024

NZD 14,563 / per course



Build a career with global reach. Develop in-depth insights into the world’s strategic and security issues with an internationally recognised one-year degree.

International Insights and Opportunities

Develop a deep practical and theoretical understanding of the ways power is exercised. Explore how conflict is managed and security maintained across the globe.

You will get insights into the pressing geopolitical issues of our age, such as the relationship between the US and China, cybersecurity, the South China Sea, and strategic responses to the problems of terrorism and civil conflict.

Enhance your policy, analytical and research skills and accelerate your career with a globally connected Strategic Studies programme.

Studying with the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, you will join a fully integrated Political Science and International Relations programme, giving you access to a broad range of relevant courses and expertise.

Capital Connections

Take advantage of the programme’s location in the nation’s capital and close relationship with the policy, diplomatic and security communities. You will develop connections and get practical expertise through seminars, roundtables and guest lectures.

International Recognition

Work with internationally recognised staff who are prominent researchers, teachers and commentators on strategic and security issues.


If you are studying full time you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester must do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.

You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you will be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours work.


The MSS will usually take 12 months for full-time students and 24 months for part-time students. The PGDipSS generally takes two trimesters full-time or four trimesters part-time.


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