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Intelligence and International Security examines the trends that continue to shape intelligence and geo-strategic developments in the 21st century. Students will develop an awareness of the ways in which intelligence issues manifest themselves in security issues in peace and war. Understanding of ethical dilemmas associated with intelligence activity.
Intelligence & International Security is excellent preparation for employment in government service or in commercial risk management and open source intelligence providers.
Students will be taught by visiting academics, serving and former officials and other intelligence experts who give regular public lectures and seminars.
Enables students to examine the nature, processes, roles and case studies of intelligence and their interaction with developments in international security.
Students 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 the Testimonials page.
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 30-45 FT and PT.
Course leaders Professor Joe Maiolo
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7429fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Course contact email https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx
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: Bachelors 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.
An application fee of £40 applies (non-refundable). 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.
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.
Issues of intelligence have assumed increasing prominence in world affairs as analysts and policy makers attempt to assess the nature of new threats in the international system. This programme will enable students 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 this 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.
This programme is for graduates and professionals with an interest in understanding the nature and role of intelligence. The MA programme is designed to have broad ranging appeal to those interested in pursuing graduate studies in the areas of intelligence and security studies. Specifically those who may find this programme to be of interest will include: graduates in politics, history, international relations and strategic studies; those with practical experience in the intelligence community who may wish to reflect on the wider issues and implications of their experience; professionals in the areas of defence, diplomacy and foreign affairs.
Continuous assessment by essay, examinations and a dissertation.
The MA programme is designed as a one year full-time, or two year part-time taught programme. The programme offers a broad based multi-disciplinary curriculum and students have the opportunity to study a wide range of topics.
The MA comprises:
A compulsory module: Intelligence in Peace & War(40 credits). Please see a detailed compulsory module description and reading list by clicking on the Intelligence in Peace & War link below.
Optional modules chosen from a range of possibilities (80 credits in total). Please see a list of typical options below. Please note that NOT ALL MODULES ARE AVAILABLE in any given year
A dissertation of 15,000 words worth 60 credits.
The dissertation is to be written over the summer term. 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.
N.B Option modules are allocated using purpose-designed software which the department has created to maximise student choice while keeping each option class to a reasonable size. The system weighs student 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 MA programmes in the department 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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