Our MA International Conflict Studies combines the intellectual endeavour associated with advanced learning and the practical policy implications emerging from critical approaches to the study of conflict and security at regional, transnational and global levels of interaction. The MA combines cutting-edge developments in the study of conflict and security with skills of rigorous and reflective research.
- Our department is unique in the UK and one of the few university departments in the world devoted exclusively to the study of war as a human phenomenon.
- It is a multidisciplinary institution devoted to the study of all aspects of war and conflict and the broad remit of international relations.
- Our department has an excellent reputation as a graduate training institution and is recognised by the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research council as a training institution for war studies.
- We place great emphasis on recruiting leading experts who bring with them not only a wealth of knowledge and ideas but an extensive and continually growing network of links with other departments, think-tanks, organisations, policymaking bodies and institutions.
- This programme is run by leading scholars in critical approaches to conflict and security.
- Our unrivalled location in the heart of London beside the River Thames brings outstanding advantages. You can enjoy excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities. We are close to the seat of government, the City, Imperial War Museum, National Maritime Museum, Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court.
- You have access to visiting academics, serving officers, government ministers and other experts who give regular public lectures and seminars.
Who should take this course
Undergraduate degree with high 2:1 honours (i.e. overall average of at least 65% across all years of study) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject.
Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 180 credits.
King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant courses of study.
You are required to take the following modules:
- The Global Governance of Conflict & Security: Theories & Methods (40 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)
In addition, you are required to take 80 credits from a wide range of optional modules that may typically include:
- Gender in International Politics & Security (20 credits)
- Human Rights in World of States (20 credits)
- Transdisciplinary approaches to (In)Security (40 credits)
- International Politics of the Middle East (40 credits)
- Propaganda (20 credits)
- Risk & Uncertainty in Global Politics (20 credits)
- Or another of over 50 modules available within the Department of War Studies
If you are taking the part-time course, you are typically required to take the 40-credit taught module and 40 credits of optional modules in Year 1. You will then take a 60-credit dissertation module and 40 credits of optional modules in Year 2.
- 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.
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