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Conflict, Security and 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 policy-makers address them separately. The MA in Conflict, Security, and Development is a unique globally-recognized 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 students to a variety of complex transnational issues, taking a multidisciplinary approach to some of the key questions facing policy-makers and scholars today. It is designed to enhance students’ analytical, research, and critical thinking skills, to provide them with detailed practical knowledge of conflict, security, and development around the world, and to prepare them to become leaders in the public and private sectors, government, and academia.
Application status Open
Duration One year FT, two 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 7429
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Course contact email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
An application fee of £40 applies (non-refundable). 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.
The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.
Security and development studies remained largely unaffected by each other's perspectives and priorities. The sense that each area of study proceeded from a different set of assumptions and embraced a distinctive agenda was mirrored in the world of policy-making. This began to change in the 1990s and the importance of considering questions of security and development in their mutual interaction have become increasingly recognised by practitioners and scholars alike. The 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 the boundaries of 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 the programme will explore in greater detail.The programme is designed to have broad ranging appeal to those interested in pursuing graduate studies in the areas of security, conflict studies and development. Those who may find this programme to be of particular interest include: graduates in politics, history, international relations, economics and strategic studies; those with practical experience in the development field who may wish to reflect on the wider issues and implications of their experience; those who have worked with international organisations, including the United Nations and its specialised agencies or with NGOs in zones of conflict who may wish to reflect on their experience; professionals in the areas of development, defence, diplomacy and foreign affairs.
This 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 students 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. The programme’s core course introduces students 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.
The dissertation counts for 60 credits (3/9) and the compulsory and optional modules count for 120 credits (6/9) in total. Students may choose their 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 students are unsuccessful in any element of the MA programme there is a opportunity to retake in the following year. Part-time students are advised to take the compulsory module in the first year of study.
Students will also have the opportunity to get involved in the organization of the Annual Conflict, Security, and Development conference. http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/warstudies/research/groups/csd/conference.aspx
N.B Option modules are allocated using purpose-designed software which the department has created to maximise student choice while keeping each option class to a reasonable size. The system weighs student preferences, and gives priority where necessary to options of particular relevance to each specific MA programme.
Students on MA programmes in the department 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.
"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."
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.
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