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Our MA Intelligence & International Security examines the trends that continue to shape intelligence and geo-strategic developments in the 21st century. You will develop an awareness of the ways in which intelligence issues manifest themselves in security issues in peace and war. You will also gain an understanding of ethical dilemmas associated with intelligence activity.
Our MA Intelligence & International Security is excellent preparation for employment in government service or in commercial risk management and open-source intelligence providers.
You will be taught by visiting academics, serving and former officials and other intelligence experts who give regular public lectures and seminars.
Enables you to examine the nature, processes, roles and case studies of intelligence and their interaction with developments in international security.
You have the advantage of attending events run by the Intelligence and International Security Research Group which provides a platform for sharing ideas.
Read about what our students say about this programme on our Testimonials page.
Application status Closed
Duration 1 year FT / 2 years PT, September to September
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180 / ECTS 90
Course intake Circa 60
Course leaders Professor Joe Maiolo
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Course contact email Enquiry form
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.
Minimum requirements: Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject.
Successful applicants will usually be achieving grades at mid 2:1 level (or equivalent overseas level) or higher.
Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £40 applies. All applications are assessed by a committee of academic tutors. This process takes on average eight weeks.
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.
Applications for 2016 entry are now closed.
Issues of intelligence have assumed increasing prominence in world affairs as analysts and policymakers attempt to assess the nature of new threats in the international system. Our programme will enable you to examine the nature, processes, roles and case studies of intelligence and their interaction with developments in international security.
In examining the trends that continue to shape intelligence and geo-strategic developments in the 21st century our programme offers a unique multidisciplinary approach based on the strengths of the department. We aim to provide a framework in which to understand the nature and role of intelligence in its relationship to wider issues in war and international security; an understanding of the processes, practices and institutions that have characterised intelligence in the modern era; an understanding of the problems connected with intelligence collection, assessment and ability to predict events in world affairs; and an appreciation of the particular ethical concerns generated by intelligence-related phenomena.
Our programme is for graduates and professionals with an interest in understanding the nature and role of intelligence. It is designed to have broad-ranging appeal if you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in intelligence and security studies. You will also find this programme of interest if you are a graduate in politics, history, international relations and strategic studies; if you have practical experience in the intelligence community and wish to reflect on the wider issues and implications of your experience; or are a professional in defence, diplomacy and foreign affairs.
Most of the 20-credit modules will be assessed by one 4,000-word essay or two 2,000-word essays. However, some 20-credit modules will be assessed on class participation and attendance, oral vivas or exams, or a combination of these.
Most 40-credit modules are assessed through a combination of essays (3,000-6,000 words), class participation and attendance, oral vivas and exams.
The dissertation module assessment will be on the research proposal (10%) and the dissertation (up to 15,000 words) (90%) for some programmes or solely on the dissertation for others.
Our MA is designed as a one-year full-time, or two-year part-time taught programme. It offers a broad-based multidisciplinary curriculum and you have the opportunity to study a wide range of topics.
The MA comprises:
A compulsory module: Intelligence in Peace & War (40 credits).
Optional modules chosen from a range of possibilities (80 credits in total). Please note that NOT ALL MODULES ARE AVAILABLE in any given year
A dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits).
The dissertation is to be written over the summer semester. You may choose your own topic but it must fall within the remit of your programme of study and must be approved by a member of staff. If you are a part-time student, you are advised to take the compulsory module in your first year of study and write your dissertation in your second year.
To maintain a beneficial student/staff ratio in the classroom and promote effective learning, there are a limited number of places available on each module
Some of the optional modules are prioritised for students on particular master's programmes. This means that even if a option is offered the year that you attend, you are not guaranteed a place on it.
You are advised not to base your decision to join the degree programme solely on this list.
NB Optional modules are allocated using purpose-designed software which the department has created to maximise your choice while keeping each class to a reasonable size. The system weighs your preferences, and gives priority where necessary to options of particular relevance to each specific MA programme.
Whilst this is not a vocational programme, students on our MA programmes 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.
"The War Studies Department at King’s was the ideal platform to pursue my goals. The expertise obtained from this challenging and unique programme has without a doubt been a fundamental asset."
"The teaching arrangements combined with student seminars enable students to get their outmost of education, as well as King's relationship with external organizations such as IISS, Chatham House and RUSI make this experience inclusive."
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£10,500 p.a. (2016/17)*
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*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 31 March 2016, payment is due by 30 April 2016.
If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.
If you receive an offer between 1 and 31 July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.
If you receive an offer on or after 1 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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