United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

The world is changing fast. It is clear that the centre of global gravity has shifted - crises and political change within Europe and North America, as well as the rise and reassertion of non-western countries, regions and rising powers - have changed the world we live in in far-reaching ways. But the future is wide open for definition. The MSc Global Affairs examines the politics, society, economics and history of the world's non-western, regional and rising powers and their role within a changing world order. It provides the opportunity to study China, India, Russia, Brazil, the Middle East and Africa; to understand both the larger countries as well as the regions within which they are situated.

Key Benefits:

  • The MSc Global Affairs is a unique course that looks at the world from the perspective of non-western regions, and critically examines the connections between the local and the global.
  • The School of Global Affairs is offering one Master's Award of

Who should take this course

Minimum Upper Second (2.1) in, but not confined to, Politics, IR, Area Studies, History, Geography, Anthropology, Liberal Arts, PPE or Modern Languages.



Course content

Course format and assessment


We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

A typical 20 credit module involves 20 hours of lectures and/or seminars, plus 180 hours of self- study to prepare for classes and assignments. The dissertation module involves 20 hours of research methods teaching (lectures/seminars), five hours of dissertation supervision and approximately 560 hours of self-guided learning while researching and writing the dissertation. The capstone project will involve 30 hours of lectures/ tutorials, 18 hours of project work, and 352 hours of self-guided learning. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected. The primary method of assessment for this course is:

  • Most 20-credit modules are assessed through a combination of essays (2,000-4,000 words), other written and oral exercises such as policy papers, multi-media presentation and writing/ data based exercises. Some may involve exams.
  • The dissertation module will be assessed on the basis of the dissertation (12,000 words) and a research methods assignment (2,000 words).
  • The capstone project will be assessed on the basis of a group research report (c 4,000 words per person), individual policy paper (6,000 words) and an individual action appeal (selection of written and oral formats).


  • Full time overseas fees:

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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