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Strategic Studies

The postgraduate programme in Strategic Studies offers a deep understanding of today’s strategic issues in their global, regional, and New Zealand contexts.

In Strategic Studies, you’ll be encouraged to think about the big intellectual and policy questions related to the use of force. You’ll take a close look at issues of national, regional, and international security.

Take advantage of our location in the nation’s capital city and our good relationships with the Wellington national security community. Our student body is made up of recent graduates from a range of degree programmes, alongside more experienced graduates who have spent time in relevant public sector positions.

Strategic Studies staff

Find contact details for Strategic Studies staff at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.

Postgraduate Strategic Studies

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.

Strategic Studies prizes and scholarships

Find out about prizes and scholarships available to students of Strategic Studies.

Centre for Strategic Studies

The Centre for Strategic Studies is New Zealand’s leading institution for research and public engagement on strategic, foreign policy, and security issues.

Seminars and events

Upcoming Strategic Studies events are listed on the Faculty’s Events page.

Kippenberger seminars

The Centre for Strategic Studies hosts and organises public seminars and lectures to which students are encouraged to attend. We host leading speakers from overseas, including the annual lecture by the Kippenberger Visiting Professor in Strategic Studies.

COVID-19 webinars

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centre for Strategic Studies has held a number of webinars on subjects such as the impact of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia and the challenges facing the Biden Administration. See videos of the webinars.

Research seminars

PhD students being supervised by Strategic Studies staff can also attend occasional research seminars run by the Political Science and International Relations programme.