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The Geopolitics, Territory and Security MA is a unique multidisciplinary course that focuses on the territorial aspect of inter-state relations. You will explore geopolitical and political geographic analysis – contextualised within the wider social sciences – and the relevant aspects of international law to understand the creation and maintenance of international boundaries.
Makes extensive use of London's vast collection of resources for researching historical and contemporary aspects of international boundary questions and territorial disputes.
Excellent access to 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 an extensive range of regional issues.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000fax: +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
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.
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.
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.
The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.
The Geopolitics, Territory and Security MA programme is a specialised master’s programme, concentrating on the territorial element of inter-state relations. International (legal and technical) experts as well as recognised scholars will provide you with a clear theoretical and historical foundation in the principal study concepts relating to territory and international boundaries. The programme will introduce you to legal, technical and practical factors of the creation and maintenance of international boundaries on land and sea, as well as offering valuable insights into the processes involved in resolving border and territorial disputes. The study programme is made up of optional and required modules. You must take modules with a value of between 180 and 190 credits to complete the programme, 60 of which will come from a dissertation of around 15,000 words.
If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your programme will take two years to complete, you will take the required modules in the first year, and the dissertation in your second year.
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.
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.
Practising Social Research (20 credits)
Boundaries, Sovereignty and the Territorial State (40 credits)
Dissertation in Geopolitics, Territory and Security (60 credits)
You are also required to take 20 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:
Territorial and Boundary Dispute Resolution (20 credits)
Geopolitics of Natural Resource Disputes (20 credits)
Critical Geographies of Terrorism (20 credits)
Water, Security and the Environment (20 credits)
Geopolitics, Power and Place (20 credits)
You will also study modules totalling 40-50 credits from:
Any of the modules listed above
Any Level 7 (master’s) modules offered in the Department of Geography
Any Level 7 (master’s) modules offered in the Department of War Studies, subject to approval.
Up to 20 credits from Level 7 modules offered by other departments or institutes outside of Geography, subject to approval.
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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*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
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 UK/EU deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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