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International Relations MA

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Our International Relations MA Is an opportunity to explore in depth the topics of globalisation, ethics and human rights, the international political economy, war, political violence and security through the contending perspectives of politics and international relations, philosophy and social theory. You will be taught by world leading experts, who will help you to develop the skills to undertake an extended research project on a topic of your choice.


Key benefits

  • Unique opportunity to study in a multidisciplinary department devoted to the study of all aspects of war and conflict and the broad remit of international relations.

  • Develop skills of in-depth and critical analysis of international politics, and become familiar with the latest, cutting-edge research in the discipline.

  • Be part of a vibrant research community, world-renowned staff and an international student body who are drawn from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds.

  • You will be taught by some of the very best academics in the field. Our Department staff publish world-leading research and are committed to offering outstanding research-led teaching and training.

  • A focus on conceptual, methodological and analytical issues.

  • A chance to network and connect with visiting academics, government ministers, diplomats and other experts who give regular public lectures and seminars.

  • We have an extensive and continually growing network of links with other departments, think-tanks, organisations, policymaking bodies and institutions both in the UK and abroad.

  • Our unrivalled location in the heart of London beside the River Thames brings outstanding advantages. 

Key information

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 60-85 FT and PT

Course leaders Prof Mervyn Frost

Further details

Course contact for further information

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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 War Studies

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Course detail

Description

Our International Relations MA will provide you with an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the forces shaping the world and of the challenges that these pose both to individual states and to the international community. The movement of monies and peoples, the emergence of network organisations that transcend state boundaries, the impact of a global media and information technology, the rise of identity politics, regional integration, as well as warfare on a global scale, have all had a transformative impact on the state, inter-state relations and global politics. 

We will give you advanced training in the conceptual and theoretical debates within international relations and an awareness of a comprehensive range of approaches relevant to the study of global politics. You will develop an appreciation of the historical evolution of the discipline, from a focus on war in the international system to a broader view of the social, economic and political aspects of international relations in a globalised era. 

You will engage with contemporary thought in the social sciences and humanities and consider how we may use these disciplines to understand the dynamics of change in social and political relations. We aim to develop your capacity to engage critically with the literature in the field and the ways in which this literature interprets the actual world of global politics.

Our programme is structured so that you can both specialise in international relations and concentrate on the aspects of global politics that interest you the most. You will study a module specifically devoted to international relations, and then you may choose from a range of optional courses to pursue your own interests. These modules reflect the research interests of our staff, allowing you to engage with the very latest research.

This programme is ideal if you are interested in pursuing postgraduate studies in the field of international relations and conflict studies. You will find this programme particularly interesting if you have a degree in political science, history, international relations, economics, if you have experience in development or if you have worked with international organisations.

The international relations programme director is the principal researcher in the field of ethics and human rights at the Centre for International Relations (CIR), one of the research centres in the Department of War Studies. 

Further literature:

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx.

Course purpose

The aim of this programme is to provide you with the capacity to engage critically with the literature in the field of international relations and the ways in which this literature interprets the empirical world of global politics.

Further literature

Course format and assessment

We will provide you with teaching and close contact with our academics, who are experts and international leaders in their fields. We will expect you to complement this with your own study and research.

Most of our modules will be assessed through essays, class participation and attendance, oral vivas or exams, or a combination of these.

The dissertation module will be assessed through your dissertation, or your research proposal (10%) and the dissertation (up to 15,000 words) (90%) together.

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

Students on the course take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required modules

  • Theories, Concepts and Methods in International Relations (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

If you are a part-time student, you will take Theories, Concepts and Methods in International Relations in your first year, along with 40 credits of optional modules. In your second year you will undertake your dissertation and 40 further credits of optional modules.

Optional Modules

Optional modules

Choose two to four modules (totalling 80 credits) from a range which typically includes:

  • The War on Terror: Anglo-American Foreign and Security Policy since 9/11 (20 credits)
  • War and Insurgency in the Middle East since 195 (40 credits)
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to (In)Security (20 credits)
  • Complex Political Emergencies, Health and Security (40 credits)
  • Risk and Uncertainty in Global Politics (20 credits)
  • Or any of the other 50 options offered by the department of War Studies

We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/index.aspx.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General entry advice

1st class or good 2:1 undergraduate degree (65% or above in the UK marking system) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject.

As a guideline for those with USA undergraduate qualifications, we are usually looking for a CGPA of above 3.5. Applicants with qualifications from other countries are welcomed, with further guidance available at www.kcl.ac.uk/study/international/yourcountry/index.aspx.

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. All applications are assessed by a committee of academic tutors. This process takes on average eight weeks.

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

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 31st March 2018.  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 2018 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2018.

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: £10,950 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £19,650 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £5,475 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £9,825 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.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

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

Further information coming soon.

Career destinations

Although 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.

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