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.
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.
Per 20 credit module you will typically have 4 hours per week of 'seminars', for 10 weeks.
For the Dissertation you will typically have 2 hours per week online discussion time for four weeks.
All 20-credit modules will be assessed by one 1,500-word short essay (25%), one 3,000-word long essay (70%) and student participation in the seminar discussions (5%). The dissertation module assessment will be on the 15,000-word dissertation.