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Our MA Conflict, Security & Development explores the conceptual, historical and policy issues surrounding security and development and how these manifest themselves in the wider context of contemporary warfare and international security.
Development and security are inextricably linked, yet all too often both academics and policymakers address them separately. Our MA in Conflict, Security & Development is a unique globally recognised programme that brings together these interrelated areas of study, acknowledging that conflict, insecurity and underdevelopment interact in dynamic ways and that a full understanding of them requires a holistic approach. The programme exposes you to a variety of complex transnational issues, taking a multidisciplinary approach to some of the key questions facing policymakers and scholars today. It is designed to enhance your analytical, research and critical thinking skills, to provide you with detailed practical knowledge of conflict, security and development around the world, and to prepare you to become a leader in the public and private sectors, government or academia.
Application status Closed
Duration 1 year FT / 2 years PT, September to September
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180 / ECTS 90
Course intake 30-45 FT and PT
Course leaders Dr Christine Cheng
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Course contact email https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Department Department of War Studies
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
General entry advice
Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject.As a guideline for those with USA undergraduate qualifications, we are usually looking for a CGPA of above 3.3. Applicants with qualifications from other countries are welcomed, with further guidance available at www.kcl.ac.uk/study/international/yourcountry/index.aspx
Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £40 applies. All applications are assessed by a committee of academic tutors. We aim to process all complete applications within four weeks; during February and March and over holiday periods, applications may take longer to process.
Please provide a personal statement explaining why you are interested in this particular programme, and outlining any relevant experience you have. If there are any anomalies in your academic record, please use the personal statement to explain related extenuating circumstances.
Applications for 2016 entry are now closed.
Security and development studies have remained largely unaffected by other's perspectives and priorities, and the sense that each area of study stems from a different set of assumptions and embraced a distinctive agenda has also been mirrored in the world of policymaking. This began to change in the 1990s when the importance of considering questions of security and development in their mutual interaction became increasingly recognised by practitioners and scholars alike. Our programme reflects this important trend and provides a unique course of study drawing upon the insights offered by a range of different disciplines, including international relations, history, development studies and anthropology. The growing interest in the relationship between conflict, security and development stems, in part, from the fact that the international community has become steadily more involved in efforts to mitigate, contain and resolve violent conflicts, especially those occurring within states and within the context of so-called 'failed' or 'collapsing' states. Although such involvement has been selective, the general trend is clear. The number of peace support operations, transitional administrations and 'peacebuilding' initiatives have increased dramatically over the past 15 years. This heightened degree of involvement has brought into sharp relief the interdependence of security and development concerns and has also raised a series of conceptual and policy challenges which our programme will explore in greater detail.Our programme is designed to have broad-ranging appeal to those interested in pursuing graduate studies in security, conflict studies and development. You may find this programme to be of particular interest if you are a graduate in politics, history, international relations, economics and strategic studies; if you have practical experience in development and wish to reflect on the wider issues and implications of your experience; if you have worked with international organisations, including the UN and its specialised agencies or with NGOs in zones of conflict, and wish to reflect on your experience; or if you are a professional in development, defence, diplomacy and foreign affairs.
Our programme is designed to provide students with an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the complex linkages between issues of security and development in contemporary international relations. The programme encourages you to explore the conceptual, historical and policy issues surrounding security and development and how these manifest themselves in the wider context of contemporary warfare and international security. Our programme’s core course introduces you to the major debates in the fields of security and international relations, regarding the interaction between processes of political and economic development, conflict, and violent social change.
Most 20-credit modules will be assessed by one 4,000-word essay or two 2,000-word essays. However, some 20-credit modules will be assessed on class participation and attendance, oral vivas or exams, or a combination of these.
Most 40-credit modules are assessed through a combination of essays (3,000-6,000 words), class participation and attendance, oral vivas and exams.
The dissertation module assessment will be on the research proposal (10%) and the dissertation (up to 15,000 words) (90%) for some programmes or solely on the dissertation for others.
The dissertation counts for 60 credits and the compulsory and optional modules count for 120 credits in total. You may choose your own topic but it must fall within the remit of the study of conflict, security and development and must be approved by the department. If you are unsuccessful in any element of our MA programme there is an opportunity to retake the following year. Part-time students are advised to take the compulsory module in the first year of study.
You will also have the opportunity to get involved in the organisation of the Annual Conflict, Security, and Development conference.
To maintain a beneficial student/staff ratio in the classroom and promote effective learning, there are a limited number of student places available on each module
Some of the optional modules are prioritised for students on particular master's programmes. This means that even if a option is offered the year that you are here, you are not guaranteed a place on it.
You are advised not to base your decision to join the degree programme solely on this list
NB Optional modules are allocated using purpose-designed software which the department has created to maximise your choice while keeping each option class to a reasonable size. The system weighs your preferences, and gives priority where necessary to options of particular relevance to each specific MA programme.
Students on our MA programmes have gone on to build careers in further academic research, NGOs, civil service, NATO, UN, media and publishing, finance and investment, teaching, and the armed forces. For more information about career prospects and graduate destinations see: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/warstudies/employability.aspx
"It was the unique nature of the programmes at King's which initially inspired me to apply, but it was the friendly, professional atmosphere that compelled me to stay on as a member of staff following my graduation."
Moving across the world to continue my studies at graduate level wasn’t an easy decision for me. However, once I arrived at King’s I knew that I had made the right choice. Studying under some of the top academics in the field of War Studies has been a very exciting opportunity, one that has opened my mind and expanded my knowledge in a subject of great interest to me.
The strong empirical focus within the school, whether through course work focus or constant rotation of high-profile presenters and world leaders, helps ensure you are studying in an environment that understands and addresses real world issues as they arise.
"My advice to prospective students is that they are looking in the right direction to be seeking King's. Once you are a student here the future is at your disposal and you have nothing to be afraid of after your studies."
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When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.
The deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 – Overseas (2016/17)
If you receive an offer on or before 31 March 2016, payment is due by 30 April 2016.
If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.
If you receive an offer between 1 and 31 July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.
If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.
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