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International Conflict Studies combines the intellectual endeavour associated with advanced learning and the practical policy implications emerging from particular approaches used in the study of conflict at regional, transnational, and global levels of interaction.
The Department is unique in the UK and one of the few university departments in the world devoted exclusively to the study of war as a human phenomenon.
The Department is a multidisciplinary institution devoted to the study of all aspects of war and conflict and the broad remit of international relations.
The Department has an excellent reputation as a graduate training institution and is recognised by the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research council as a training institution for War Studies.
The Department places great emphasis on recruiting leading experts who bring with them not only a wealth of knowledge and ideas but an extensive and continually growing network of links with other departments, think-tanks, organisations, policy-making bodies and institutions.
The unrivalled location in the heart of London beside the River Thames brings outstanding advantages. Students enjoy excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities. The department is close to the seat of Government, the City, the Imperial War Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court.
Students have access to visiting academics, serving officers, government ministers and other experts who give regular public lectures and seminars.
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 Vivienne Jabri
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7429fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200 https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7429fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200 https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx
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. We aim to process all complete applications within four weeks; during February and March and over holiday periods, applications may take longer to process.
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.
The MA programme provides students with a comprehensive understanding of international conflict. It aims to melt together theory and practice, providing advanced engagement with the theoretical and philosophical aspects of the subject as well as training in the investigation and analysis of specific cases of conflict. It enables students to engage critically with the application of social and political theory in developing an understanding of the origins, dynamics, and resolution of international and transnational conflict and political violence.
Students on this programme will examine the impact of globalisation on the complexities of present-day conflict; the politics of identity and how it relates to the emergence of violent conflict; the relationship between security, insecurity and the politics of violence at international level; the politics of security and how this relates to human rights and policies surrounding migration; the relationship between language and violent conflict; the place of cultural and gender difference in relation to conflict and peace, as well as the political and ethical implications of the diverse theoretical and methodological approaches in the study of conflict, violence, and peace.
Students specialising in this field emerge with advanced knowledge of the intellectual tools necessary for the understanding of late modern conflict and political violence and the capacity to utilise these in innovative thinking relating to the specific issue areas confronting global society in the present era.
The International Conflict Studies Programme Director is the head of the Centre for International Relations, one of the research centres in the Department of War Studies.
The programme provides students with a comprehensive understanding of international conflict. It combines the intellectual endeavour associated with advanced learning and the practical policy implications emerging from particular approaches used in the study of conflict at regional, transnational, and global levels of interaction.
This programme is designed to have broad ranging appeal to those interested in pursuing graduate studies in the field of international relations and conflict studies. Those who may find this programme to be of particular interest include: graduates in political science, history, international relations and economics, those who have experience in the development field and those who have worked with international organisations.
Continuous assessment by essay; examinations and a dissertation.
The MA in International Conflict Studies provides students with advanced knowledge of the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological perspectives and debates relating to the study of international conflict.
The MA programme contains the following elements:
A compulsory core Module: The Global Governance of Conflict and Security: Theories and Methods - 40 credits (Terms 1 and 2). The module develops an interdisciplinary to the study of conflict combined with a strong grounding in International relations debates. It is based on analytical and methods training specifically for the study of conflict, security and their global governance.
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 counts for 60 credits (3/9) and the compulsory and optional modules count for 120 credits (6/9) in total. The dissertation is to be written in 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. Part-time students are advised to take the compulsory module in the first year of study. If students are unsuccessful in any element of the MA programme there is an opportunity to retake it in the following year.
NB 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.
"During my time at King's, I felt intellectually challenged in ways I hadn’t experienced before, and really developed my ability to think critically about any issue. This stood me in good stead for my subsequent career in strategic communications."
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