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South Asia & Global Security MA

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Our South Asia & Global Security MA will give you a deep understanding of the interplay between the history, theory, and contemporary practice of security-led issues in South Asia. You will study history, thematic analysis, and case studies taught by world-leading academics from War Studies and the King's India Institute. We will draw on the expertise of policy leaders, military professionals, and experts in the private sector involved in security management to deliver high-quality and up-to-the-minute teaching.

Key benefits

  • The Department of War Studies is unique in the UK and one of very few university departments in the world devoted exclusively to the study of war as a human phenomenon.

  • The Department has an excellent reputation as a graduate training institution and is recognised as such by the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research council.

  • Taught by leading experts who bring an extensive and continually growing network of links with other departments, think-tanks, organisations, policymaking bodies and institutions.

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

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 15-25.

Course leaders

Professor Sunil Khilnani; Professor Anatol Lieven; Dr Srinath Raghavan; Dr Rudra Chaudhuri

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2979 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


Our programme incorporates history, thematic analysis and case studies, and is taught by a cross-section of academics from War Studies and the King's India Institute to give you a broad range of perspectives and experience. It also draws on policy leaders, military professionals, and experts in the private sector involved in 'security management' to examine practical challenges. We aim to provide you with an understanding of the interrelationships between the history, theory, and contemporary practice of security-led issues in South Asia (including Afghanistan) since 1947. 

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Course purpose

Provides a focused understanding of the interrelationships between the history, theory, and contemporary practice of security-led issues in South Asia (including Afghanistan) post 1947. 

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 modules will be assessed through essays (between 3,000 and 6,000 words). However, some modules will be assessed through oral vivas or exams.

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


Year 1

Required Modules

Students on this course take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required modules

  • Afghan and South Asian Security (40 credits)

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

If you are a part-time student, you will take Afghan and South Asian Security 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:

  • Conflict Development and Islam in Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia (40 credits)

  • Current Issues in Science and Security (20 credits)

  • Home grown Radicalisation and Counter-Radicalisation in Western Europe and North America (40 credits)

  • Preventing Violent Radicalisation (20 credits)

  • Propaganda (20 credits)

  • Reporting Wars (40 credits)

  • The Evolution of Insurgency (40 credits)

  • Any other applicable level seven (master’s) optional modules offered by:

    • King’s Global Institutes

    • Department of War Studies

    • King’s India Institute

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:

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). Professional qualifications and experience will be taken into account.

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


Application procedure

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.

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.


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

Graduating students are thus prepared for further research in academia, or for careers in policy, government, and international agencies.


Next steps

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