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.
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.
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.