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Geopolitics, Territory & Security MA

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Overview

Geopolitics, Territory and Security is a unique, multidisciplinary programme taught by renowned academic authorities and leading practitioners. Rooted in geopolitical and political geographic analysis (and contextualised within the wider social sciences) and the relevant aspects of international law, this programme focuses upon the territorial component in inter-state relations. Makes good use of central London’s resources for researching historic and contemporary aspects of international boundary questions and territorial disputes.


Key benefits

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 and British Library.
  • In addition to established academic authorities, visiting lecturers include leading legal practitioners and technicians in international boundary dispute resolution: from Eversheds (Paris), Latham and Watkins, Volterra Fietta and the Law of the Sea Division at the UK Hydrographic Office
  • 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 (richard.schofield@kcl.ac.uk)

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of Geography

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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 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.

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Course detail

Description

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 http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/geography/study/masters/timetablesmodules.aspx. 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.

Further literature

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspxhttp://www.kcl.ac.uk/geography/study/masters/modules.aspx

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.

Structure

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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.

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 31st March 2016, payment is due by 30th April 2016.

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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