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War in the Modern World MA

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Overview

Our War in the Modern World MA offers a comprehensive examination of military conflict, international security issues and global geo-political change from 1945 to the present day. By learning remotely, you can access our high standard of teaching and expert staff with minimal disruption to your personal or professional life.


Key benefits

  • An entirely web-delivered programme that is available anytime, anywhere.

  • Innovative and academically rigorous.

  • You will engage regularly and directly with your lecturers, who provide support and guidance throughout the programme.

  • All materials are authored content, video, audio, images, maps and intensively used discussion forums, and you will have full access to the resources of King's College London library's extensive electronic holdings.

  • Maximum flexibility for you to access content and respond to discussion postings in your own time for each study unit.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration Minimum 2 years, maximum 6 years with any breaks taken.

Study mode Distance Learning by eLearning, Part-time

Credit value UK 180 / ECTS 90

Course intake Approximately 45

Course leaders

Dr David Easter, Academic and Programme Director and Admissions Tutor: david.easter@kcl.ac.uk

Dr Rachel Kerr, Senior Tutor and Admissions Tutor: rachel.kerr@kcl.ac.uk (on sabbatical January 2017 to June 2017)

Anne-Lucie Norton, Executive Director: anne-lucie.norton@kcl.ac.uk

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000

 

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 War in the Modern World MA will give you an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the historical evolution of warfare and international security since the end of the Second World War. You will examine contemporary warfare and security issues in the light of the wide-ranging political, technological, economic and social changes since 1945. It will equip you to engage critically with scholarly debate about the conduct and nature of contemporary warfare, and to understand the contexts in which modern conflicts take place.

This is a flexible, modular master's programme, rich in media and reading resources. Despite being taught online, you will be able to interact frequently with an engaging and lively community of fellow graduates, from a wide variety of backgrounds, through our online system. The programme is structured so that you will first develop an understanding of warfare, security issues and geo-political changes. You can then choose optional modules and write your dissertation, giving you the opportunity to concentrate on those aspects of contemporary war and international relations that interest you most.

Our programme is ideal if you are interested in pursuing postgraduate studies in the fields of war studies, international relations and international security. You will find it particularly interesting if you are a graduate of history, political science, international relations, economics, or if you have experience working with NGOs, civil services, NATO, the UN, media and publishing, finance and investment and the military.

Study

Modules are divided into five units, each studied for two weeks. All the units have online authored content for students to read through and links to extensive readings and other resources. For each unit, selected students will give presentations answering the unit's Short Essay question and these presentations form the basis of lively and intensive asynchronous (message-board style) online discussions within the tutor group, continuously moderated by the tutor. Each student gives one presentation per module. At the end of the unit discussions, the presenters submit a Short Essay based upon their presentation and the feedback they have received from the other students and the tutor.

All students also complete an individual Long Essay for each module, due after all units are complete.

After studying the required number of modules, you complete an individual dissertation, which forms the final element of your degree programme.

Delivery and duration

The entire MA Air Power in the Modern World programme is delivered online, via the King's College London Virtual Learning Environment (KEATS); there is no requirement for students to attend King's or even to be resident in the UK.

The programme timetable is based on three semesters per academic year (September-December, January-March and April-June), with students normally completing one taught module per term. Students usually take two years to complete the required taught modules, followed by an additional six months to complete the 15,000-word dissertation. It may be possible for you to complete the programme in a shorter time if circumstances and teaching arrangements allow.

We estimate that you will need to allow 10-15 hours work per week for each 11-week semester to complete the taught modules.

Course purpose

Our programme is designed to offer you an engaging, well designed and flexible online master's degree in war studies.

Further literature

Enquiry form for application queries: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

Further programme information is available on the War Studies Online website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/wso

Course format and assessment

The programme is delivered online, via the King's College London Virtual Learning Environment (KEATS). You will study through lively online seminars, where everyone will participate in their own time, guided by one of our expert staff. We estimate that you will need to allow 10 to 15 hours work per week for each 11-week semester to complete the taught modules.

Assessment for each taught modules consists of:

  • One short essay (1,500 words) from a choice of essay questions (25% of the module assessment).

  • One long essay (3,000 words) from a choice of essay questions (70% of the module assessment).

  • Student participation in the discussions (5%).

You will also submit a 15,000-word dissertation at the end of the programme.

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

Students on this course take modules totalling 180 credits.

Optional Modules

Optional modules available in a given semester will be selected from this list, depending on tutor availability and student numbers. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to take a particular module in a given semester.

You must normally complete four option modules to complete the programme. If you have ICSC(A), ICSC(L) or ICSC(M) accreditation, you complete three option modules only.

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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions web pages to view our English language entry requirements.

Minimum  academic requirements: 2:1 Undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent eg USA CGPA above 3.3) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject). 
Degrees in other subjects, or candidates with lower awards than those above, may be considered: strong references and personal statements are an important part of the application, as is relevant working experience. An alternative professional or other qualification obtained by a formal examination may be approved. Prior experiential learning can also be taken into consideration by the admissions panel. Where alternative professional or other qualifications are not available, evidence will be required that you can undertake academic study to the level required. If necessary, you will be asked to submit a sample of written work.

Other requirements: You will also require regular access to a high-specification computer with unbroken broadband internet connection, good time management skills and confidence in using computers.

A note on online access: The online learning environment through which all war studies online programmes are delivered is open 24 hours and 365 days a year, excluding notified maintenance downtime.

The structure of our programme of study requires that you have reliable and excellent connectivity and bandwidth to enable you to log in frequently. This is to enable you to participate in the required online seminar discussions, but also to access the learning materials and resources that are provided to you.

If you would like further information regarding the online learning environment, please contact us on supportewar@kcl.ac.uk.

Application procedure

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

See our Applying web pages and the checklist for supporting documents to ensure you have everything for your online application. Please note you must provide a personal statement and should give evidence of your relevant skills, knowledge and experience and you should also give your motivations for choosing this programme.

If there are any anomalies in your academic record, please use the personal statement to explain related extenuating circumstances.

Reduced fees are available for Defence Academy students who have passed ICSC(L), ICSC(M) and ICSC(A) only. You are required to provide evidence. To find out if you are eligible see our web page about accreditation and fees.

Application closing date

For September 2017 entry, the deadline for complete applications is open until 1st July 2017. We do advise you to submit a full application with supporting documents as early as possible to avoid disappointment as May to July we get many late applications and is then subject to availability. 

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

Students pay fees for each of two years. Fees for entrants of 2017/18 enrolment are:

Year 1, 2017/18: £9500

Year 2, 2018/19: £9800

This programme is only available two years’ part-time. There is no full-time option. Fees are the same for home/EU and overseas students.

Students are generally self-funded. We regret that there are currently no forms of student subsidy or scholarship available for this programme. 

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

We regret that there are currently no forms of student subsidy or scholarship available for this programme.

Special fee

If you are serving in the UK military or civil service and meet the eligibility requirements, a special fee for may be applicable for year one only. For further information, please contact menisha.gor@kcl.ac.uk

If you are applying for a reduced fee due to accreditation in ICSC(A), ICSC(L) or ICSC(M) as a self-funded applicant, please contact menisha.gor@kcl.ac.uk 

If taking a break in studies

For the avoidance of doubt, please note that tuition fees are calculated pro-rata for the time period you are taught from the start of term up to the beginning of your break. The timing of your break is confirmed when you submit the online form with the date of the start of the break which we will check with your tutor and online log. You will receive a refund of fees that you have paid for the year on this basis where applicable. Upon return to your studies the fee you pay is the calculated based on the advertised fee for that year, not the year in which you took your break.  

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

Past students from this programme have gone on to build careers in NGOs, civil services, NATO, the UN, media and publishing, finance and investment and teaching, as well as in the armed forces. A number of our students have had articles published in peer-reviewed journals, and undertaken further academic research. Several students have gone on to complete a PhD while one teaches part time at King’s. 

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