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Our MA in International Relations explores such subjects 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.
Our programme offers the unique opportunity to study international relations in a multidisciplinary 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. 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 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, 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. You can enjoy excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities. We are also close to the seat of government, the City, Imperial War Museum, National Maritime Museum, Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court.
Read what our students say about this programme here.
Application status Open
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
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form
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.
Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent eg 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.
Applications must be made online using King's online application portal 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.
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 for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.
Our MA 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.
This programme provides you 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. You will 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.
You will 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 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.
Our programme is structured so that you can both specialise in international relations and its discourses and also concentrate on those aspects of global politics that interest you the most. In addition to core courses devoted to a specialisation in international relations, you have a range of optional courses to choose from. These reflect the research interests of staff in the department and provide you with the opportunity to engage with research in your 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 development 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.
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.
Most of the 20-credit modules will be assessed by one 4,000-word essay or two 2000-word essays. However, some 20-credit modules will be assessed on class participation and attendance, oral vivas or exams, or a combination of these.
Most 40-credit modules are assessed through a combination of essays (3,000-6,000 words), class participation and attendance, oral vivas and exams.
The dissertation module assessment will be on the research proposal (10%) and the dissertation (up to 15,000 words) (90%) for some programmes or solely on the dissertation for others.
A compulsory module (40 credits): Theories, Concepts and Methods in International Relations
A dissertation of 15,000 words worth 60 credits
Optional modules are chosen from a range of possibilities (80 credits in total). Please note that we CANNOT GUARANTEE TO OFFER ALL OPTIONAL MODULES in any given year.
To maintain a beneficial student/staff ratio in the classroom and promote effective learning, there are a limited number of places available on each module.
Some of our optional modules are prioritised for students on particular master's programmes. This means that even if a option is offered the year that you are here, you are not guaranteed a place on it.
For a list of POSSIBLE option modules please refer to the MA in War Studies programme page here
You are advised not to base your decision to join the degree programme solely on this list.
NB Option modules are allocated using purpose-designed software which our department has created to maximise your choice while keeping each class to a reasonable size. The system weighs your preferences, and gives priority where necessary to options of particular relevance to each specific MA programme.
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.
"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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*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
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.
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.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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