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The War Studies & Philosophy BA joint honours degree is an interdepartmental programme that addresses key elements of war in a philosophical context by introducing strategic concepts, arguments, texts and techniques from across the philosophical spectrum.
UCAS code LV95
Duration Three years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Joint honours
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Department Department of Philosophy,Department of War Studies
No compulsory subjects
No preferred subjects
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General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.
A Levels: AAA
Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.
Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers
The department may interview shortlisted candidates for the BA programme and is looking for genuinely interested individuals. A good A-level performance (AAA) is expected but no specific A-level subjects are normally required except for joint honours programmes. The department welcomes applicants with relevant life experience.
Applicants with relevant life experience may need to take an Access course to prepare them for their degree. Those applicants not already taking an Access course are strongly advised to consult the Admissions Tutor about their application.
Applicants planning a gap year should either apply for a deferred place in the preceding year or ensure that they are available for interview during February and March (the normal interview period for war studies) during their gap year.
Application deadline: 15 January 2017
35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666
45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit
D3 D3 D3
Further information below
The War Studies & Philosophy BA degree comprises a total of 360 credits studied over three years. You will divide your study time equally between the two subjects and will usually take modules totalling 120 credits each year.
In your first year, you will study a combination of required and optional modules from both areas of study. Although there are no compulsory modules in Year 2, you are required to study either Intelligence in War Studies, War in International Order or World War II in Europe among your module choices. Your final year will involve you writing a 10,000-word dissertation in either subject area.
We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.
Assessment methods will depend on the modules you have selected to study. The primary methods of assessment for this course are assessed essays, written examinations, individual and group presentations and a written dissertation.
We are located at the Strand Campus, in the heart of central London close to the seat of government, the City, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court, the Imperial War Museum and the National Maritime Museum; providing interaction between the study and practice of security and foreign policy.
Other related courses
You will take 60 credits from War Studies and 60 credits from Philosophy.
The Causes of War (30 Credits) The Conduct of War (30 Credits) The Experience of War (30 Credits)
Students are also required to take at least one of the following modules:
In addition, students are required to take at least one of the following modules:
Students then take 15 further credits from the Philosophy modules listed above.
You are required to take at least one of the following modules:
You are required to take 45 credits from at least two of the following lists, which may typically include:
You will choose a further 15 credits from lists A-C (above) or from a range of optional philosophy modules which may typically include:
You will have the opportunity to study abroad for your full second year. Partner institutions currently include:
You are required to complete a 30-credit dissertation in year three in either War Studies or Philosophy. You will then take optional modules to bring you total credits for Philosophy and War Studies to 60 in each subject (including the dissertation).
Our graduates go on to work in a range of fields including government (most commonly in Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs in the UK and abroad), academia, journalism, banking (often in emerging markets or risk analysis), research and policy think-tanks, humanitarian organisations and international organisations.
Recent graduates have found employment as: • Account Executive, IT re-seller • Accounts Assistance, IJS Global • Army Officer, British Army • Consultant, Ernst & Young • Creative Writer, Groupon • Defence Analyst, Vision Gain • Parliamentary Assistant, House of Commons • Special Constable, Metropolitan Police • Trainee Accountant, a legal practice
Welcome from the Head of Department
Professor Theo Farrell talks about research, teaching and life in a department that focuses on promoting understanding of war, conflict and international security.
Full time tuition fees UK:
The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees EU:
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.
This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees International:
£17,050 p.a. (2017/18). This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.
For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.
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