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The MA in International Relations explores subjects such as globalisation, ethics and human rights, the international political economy, war, political violence and security. These topics are explored in the context of contending discourses in politics and international relations, philosophy, and social theory.
The programme offers the unique opportunity to study International Relations in a multi-disciplinary Department devoted to the study of all aspects of war and conflict and the broad remit of International Relations.
An opportunity to study a wide range of theories and approaches to 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
A chance to 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. The 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 in the discipline through the exciting combination of core modules and optional modules on a variety of wide-ranging topics
A chance to network and connect with visiting academics, government ministers, diplomats and other experts who give regular public lectures and seminars. The Department has an extensive and continually growing network of links with other departments, think-tanks, organisations, policy-making bodies and institutions both in the UK and abroad.
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.
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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 60-85 FT and PT.
Course leaders Dr Ruth Deyermond
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7429fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7429fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Course contact email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent e.g. USA CGPA of 3.3) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject. Successful applicants will generally be achieving grades at first or high 2:1 (or equivalent overseas) level.
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.
The MA in International Relations provides 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 more widely conceived.
The programme provides students with 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. Students develop an appreciation of the historical development of the discipline, from one concerned primarily with war in the international system to one that has a wider remit concerned with the social, economic, and political aspects of international relations in a globalised era.
Students have the opportunity to engage with contemporary thought in the social sciences and humanities and its use in unravelling the dynamics of change in social and political relations. The aim is always to provide students 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.
The programme is structured so that students can both specialise in the field of international relations and its discourses and also concentrate on those aspects of global politics that interest them most. In addition to core courses devoted to a specialisation in international relations, students have a range of optional courses to choose from. These reflect the research interests of staff in the department and provide students with the opportunity to engage with research in their chosen areas.
This programme is designed to have broad ranging appeal to those interested in pursuing postgraduate studies in the field of international relations and conflict studies. Those who may find this programme of particular interest include graduates in political science, history, international relations, economics, those who have experience in the development field and those who 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.
To provide students 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.
Continuous assessment by essay; examinations and a dissertation.
1 compulsory module (40 credits in total): Theories, Concepts and Methods in International Relations.
Optional modules chosen from a range of possibilities (worth 80 credits in total). Please see a list of typical options below. Please note that we CANNOT GUARANTEE TO OFFER ALL OPTIONAL MODULES in any given year.
A dissertation of 15,000 words worth 60 credits.
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.
"As a student who aims to pursue an academic career after this graduate programme, my experience in the department has given me a unique and valuable academic record for my future. Empirically, studying in this world-class department has brought me top level academic training, from lectures and seminars to individual tuition with a series of well-known experts."
"The War Studies department has an excellent relationship with the world of international relations. This means that there are many opportunities to hear influential speakers on a whole variety of issues, whatever the area of focus there's always something applicable. These links to other organisations gave me the opportunity to complete valuable work experience."
"The professors work tirelessly to make you not only more knowledgeable but also better human beings. I cannot count the number of times, I have left a classroom challenged, enticed and inspired. They go above and beyond in organizes special lectures and ensuring you are equipped with skills that employers are looking for."
"What sets a university apart from others, aside from its top-notch facilities, are students and professors of outstanding calibre and King’s College London certainly has that. The academic staff at King’s have shown professionalism and knowledge of their fields and, as a student, they have certainly inspired and enlightened me."
Professor of International Relations
"On graduating our students generally find challenging jobs in diplomatic services (including the intelligence services), the governance of the EU, working in the field for non-governmental organisations, for other international organisations such as the United Nations, or as journalists. Others have found their niches working as consultants."
"The students come from diverse backgrounds and I meet academically bright and exciting people from all around the world here at King’s. Studying at King’s is truly one of the best experiences I have ever had."
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