Strategic and Arms Control Studies

41.04.05In english

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Programme description

The master's programme focuses on the study of issues associated with the use of military force in international relations: the military strategy of countries; armed conflicts; and the impact of scientific and technological progress on the development of military strategy. Special attention is paid to the analysis of international issues in arms control, such as: the functioning of international regimes; limitation, reduction, prohibition and non-proliferation of arms; and the activities of international organisations in this field.

Main Courses
  • Strategy and Politics in the 19th–21st Centuries
  • General Principles and Methods of Strategic Analysis
  • Nuclear Strategy and Arms Control
  • Arms Control, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament
  • Military Innovations and Strategy

Among the topics covered by the programme are all issues somehow related to national military strategies; international arms control regimes; and humanitarian and international legal aspects of regulating the use of military force. It is the first and the only programme on strategic and arms control studies in the Russian Federation at the moment. The programme is unique in that it provides an in-depth study of current military-political issues.

The aim of the programme

The academic programme is aimed at training non-military experts with the necessary knowledge to work in government agencies, international organisations, research centres and the media that are somehow related to the solution, study or coverage of military-political issues in present-day international relations. The scope of application of the acquired knowledge and skills is quite diverse: government agencies, the media, and research centres. The growing demand for such experts is currently determined by the fact that the reform of the armed forces in many countries at present presupposes a significant increase in civil-military cooperation. Graduates of the master's programme will also be in demand in various international organisations and research centres, including: the United Nations; the International Atomic Energy Agency; the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; and Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Key skills

The programme is unique in that it provides an in-depth study of current military-political issues. During training, master’s students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for analytical and practical work in national and international organisations which work to find solutions to various military-political issues, namely:

  • possession of the categorical apparatus necessary for research in the fields of military strategy, defence policy and international security policy;
  • basic project planning and implementation skills;  
  • principles of strategic analysis;
  • strategic forecasting skills;
  • skills in information and analytical activities in the field of defence policy;
  • knowledge of the key issues in the spheres of defence and security policy;
  • basic knowledge of the technical aspects of modern weapon and military equipment development;
  • knowledge of basic national and international legislation in the sphere of non-proliferation, disarmament and arms control;
  • a sophisticated understanding of research and analyses in the field of military strategy;
  • knowledge of industry-specific terminology and minimum essential technical aspects of military-political issues;
  • the ability to apply acquired specific knowledge in different practical environments.
Prospects for a future career in research and business

Students take an active part in: Moscow Nonproliferation Conference; and various guest lectures and workshops that are regularly organised as part of the programme.

Students enrolled in this master’s programme have an opportunity to do internships in Russian and international institutions, including:

  • PIR Center (Moscow) and
  • Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP).

Organisations where our graduates work:

  • State Corporation Rosatom
  • The Center for Strategic Research (CSR)
  • ‘New Defence Order. Strategy’ journal
  • Media group Mil.Press.
Uniqueness of the programme

The programme consists of a number of uniquely designed courses by lecturers who are experts in various fields: military policy of states in the past and present; arms control; and strategic decision making. Each of the courses focuses primarily on developing a specific skills set for independent research work, with priority given to active learning tools. Numerous case studies are used for analysis. Master’s students have therefore an opportunity to receive a fairly full understanding of: the current strategic situation in the world; and the essential processes and trends in the development of this important aspect of international relations.

Teaching Staff
  • Anton Khlopkov, Chair, Director of the Center for Energy and Security Studies (Moscow)
  • Sergey Batsanov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (retired), Director of the Geneva Pugwash Office