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International Conflict Studies MA



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.

Key benefits

  • 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.

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 30-45 FT and PT.

Course leaders Professor Vivienne Jabri

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
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fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200 

Course contact email

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of War Studies


Entry requirements & how to apply

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.

Application procedure

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.

Personal statement and supporting information

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.

Application closing date

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.


Course detail


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.

Course purpose

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.

Further literature

Department of War Studies graduate brochure.

Course format and assessment

Continuous assessment by essay; examinations and a dissertation.



Career prospects

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.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£10,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£18,750 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£5,250 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£9,375 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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


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