DCSS courses

Plymouth University, through the Dartmouth Centre for Sea Power and Strategy (DCSS) secured in 2009 a prestigious contract to deliver an MA in Applied Strategy and International Security (MAAS) to the Greek Military and Senior Civil Servants. The degree which includes modules such as Research Methodology, Critical Thinking in Strategic Studies, National Strategy, Policy of National Defence, Crisis Management, and Countering Terrorism is delivered through the famous Hellenic National Defence College (HNDC) in Athens, which is the equivalent of the UK’s Royal College of Defence Studies. Dr Fotios Moustakis, Director of DCSS and Professor Simon Payne were responsible for securing the contract.

The partnership which was extended in 2015, builds on the University’s established international reputation in military education as the academic provider of initial officer training at the Britannia Royal Naval College. The educational philosophy adopted by the HNDC is based on spiritual and academic freedom in the context of military ethics and aims at providing the necessary and required knowledge that will attract the interest and desire for further study and research.

Distinctiveness of the programmes:

  • MAAS is open to HNDC students, graduates as well as graduates of the NATO Defence College in Rome and has been developed with the needs of working professionals in mind, with teaching concentrated into week-long blocks supported internet learning.
  • MAAS reflects priorities in current defence thinking, placing a particular emphasis of ‘cognitive capability’ and critical thinking. Plymouth University staff focusing their teaching on enhancing cognitive capability and critical thinking, impart learning, thinking, and communications skills that apply across the programme.
  • The programmes emphasises interactive learning, with team-based role playing games and designs simulations forming an important part of the student experience.
  • Much of the content is contemporary and policy focused, the programme draws upon the academic modules and expertise of academic professors from Greek Universities who they convene modules, deliver lectures and seminars on strategy, international security, international negotiations and conflict resolution.