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Geopolitics, Territory & Security MA

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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. 


Key benefits

  • 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.

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)

Further details

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

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

DepartmentDepartment of Geography

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Description

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.

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.aspx http://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

Year 1

Required Modules

Required Modules

  • Practising Social Research (20 credits)

  • Boundaries, Sovereignty and the Territorial State (40 credits)

  • Dissertation in Geopolitics, Territory and Security (60 credits) 

Optional Modules

Optional Modules:

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.

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

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

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

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  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.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £18,420 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £4,725 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £9,210 p.a. (2017/18)*

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.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit                                                   

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. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

More information coming soon.

Career destinations

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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