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Geopolitics, Territory & Security MA



Geopolitics, Territory and Security is a unique, multidisciplinary programme taught by renowned academic authorities. Rooted in geopolitical analysis but includes aspects of international law and international relations theory. Makes extensive use of London’s resources for researching historic and contemporary aspects of international boundary questions and territorial disputes.

Key benefits

  • Makes extensive use of London's vast collection of resources for researching historic and contemporary aspects of international boundary questions and territorial disputes eg the National Archives, Royal Geographical Society and British Library.

  • In addition to established academic authorities, lecturers include leading legal practitioners and technicians in international boundary dispute resolution from London and Paris such as Rodman Bundy (Eversheds, Paris), Stephen Fietta and Robert Volterra (Latham and Watkins, London).

  • Flexibility for researching a wide range of thematic and regional issues since candidates are encouraged to choose the subjects of their written coursework. 

Key information

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 Approximately 20 FT/PT.

Course leaders Richard Schofield (

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of Geography


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent, e.g. GPA of 3.3 from a US University).

Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have professional or voluntary experience will also be considered. Mature candidates will be considered favourably.

Application procedure

We run a rolling admissions system. We aim to process all complete applications within four weeks; during February and March and over holiday periods, applications may take longer to process. There is no set deadline.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please provide a personal statement that shows how our own interests are linked to the programme. In this statement please describe your academic background, your reasons for applying for this programme and what you hope to gain from it, including any relevant experience, strengths, ambitions or research interests.

Application closing date

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.


Course detail


The MA Geopolitics, Territory and Security programme has established itself as a unique and specialised Masters programme, concentrating on the territorial component in interstate relations. It calls upon leading international (legal and technical) practitioners in its provision of teaching as well as leading internationally recognised scholars in this field, who all contribute to research-led lectures. It provides students with a theoretical and historical grounding in the principal concepts involved in the study of territory and international boundaries. While rooted in geopolitical and political geographical analysis, elements of international law and international relations theory will inevitably feature, given the subject under review. The programme introduces students to legal, technical and practical components of the creation and maintenance of international boundaries on land and sea and familiarises students with the various processes involved in boundary and territorial dispute resolution. The programme reviews selected regional case studies, which illustrate some of the most prominent issues raised by the presence of trans-boundary natural resources and introduces the primary archival sources (documentary and cartographic) for the study of international boundary and territorial disputes.

You must take a minimum of 180 credits and a maximum of 190 credits as outlined below. Details of all modules are at Note that not all options in the “list of prescribed optional modules” or under “other optional modules” are offered every year.

Part-time students: As part of your two-year schedule, plan to take the compulsory modules 7SSG5002 and 7SSG5090 in your first year and 7SSG5007 (Dissertation) in your second year.

Course purpose

For those seeking: an advanced appreciation of territorial geopolitics (from classical to critical); a theoretical and historical grounding in the principal concepts involved in territorial and international boundary studies; a practical application of these views and approaches to developing real-world situations. The programme is particularly suitable for social science students with an international interest, government and foreign service personnel, lawyers, military and strategic researchers.

Course format and assessment

Specialist taught modules assessed by written exam, essay and, occasionally, presentation and practical work. The three-month dissertation is core and can be taken overseas or in the UK.

Extra information

Students on this programme will be granted access to a wide range of options on War Studies programmes subject to availability.


  • Required Modules

    Core module (60 credits):
    • 7SSG5007 Dissertation in Geopolitics, Territory and Security (60 credits) (must Take and Pass)

    Compulsory modules (60 credits):

    • 7SSG5002 Practising Social Research (20 credits, T1)

    • 7SSG5090 Boundaries, Sovereignty and the Territorial State (40 credits, T1&2)

    Boundaries, Sovereignty & The Territorial State

    Optional Modules

    Optional modules (60–70 credits):

    Students must take 60–70 credits optional modules, with at least 20 credits from the “list of prescribed optional modules” given below, and the other credits may come from the “other optional modules” list.

    List of Prescribed Optional Modules Specific to this Programme:

    • 7SSG5091 Territorial and Boundary Dispute Resolution (20 credits, T2)

    • 7SSG5092 Geopolitics of Natural Resource Disputes (20 credits, T2)

    • 7SSG5153 Critical Geographies of Terrorism (20 credits, T1)

    • 7SSG5206 Water, Security and the Environment (20 credits, T1)

    • 7SSG5212 Geopolitics, Power and Place (20 credits, T1)

    Other Optional Modules Available to Students on this Programme:

    • Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Geography Department, including from the list of prescribed optional modules given above.

    • Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the War Studies Department, subject to availability in the War Studies Department and permission of the module leader. For a war studies timetable see: (select ‘Department Timetables’, then ‘War Studies’). For War Studies module descriptions:

    Up to 20 credits of Level 7 modules from any KCL Departments or Institutes outside of Geography. †

    † Students may take up to 20 credits of their programme’s optional modules, in departments or institutes outside of the Geography Department (i.e., non-7SSG modules). Approval will be subject to justification to and written approval of their Programme Director using the Permission to take modules in other KCL Departments/Institutes form (see and subject to availability and signed permission from the appropriate department/institute administrator (in the exterior department/institute) to allow them on the module. The 20 credits can be in addition to War Studies Department optional modules (within the total limit allowed by the Geopolitics, Territory and Security programme for optional modules).


    Critical Geographies Of Terrorism
    Geopolitics Of Natural Resource Disputes
    Responding to Terrorism
    Territorial And Boundary Dispute Resolution

Career prospects

Students on this programme have gone on to occupy senior management positions in government agencies and international consultancies; work with NGOs involved in dispute resolution; international law firms; government ministries; oil companies, departments of the United Nations and the European Union.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£17,550 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£8,775 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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