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Postgraduate Study


The Defence Academy of the UK fosters an intellectually stimulating academic environment within a dynamic, international student body, supportive of professional development


In addition to providing Professional Military Education we offer postgraduate education available to the public, including a fully online, innovative and highly successful Masters in International Affairsand a prestigious Doctorate as part of our MPhil/PhD Programme. We aim to empower students with the intellectual tools through critical engagement, personal responsibility, imagination and creativity.

Our distinctive teaching and research programmes draw upon the expertise of a large and multidisciplinary department. Our acknowledged strength in the field of diplomatic and military history is complemented by world-class research into numerous aspects of contemporary and future warfare, such as security and defence policy, strategy, land, air and maritime doctrine and operations, proxy warfare, conflict termination, space power, and the use of artificial intelligence.

In addition, we offer tremendous expertise across a range of non-military subject areas such as regional and area studies, international security organisations, gender, war and violence, domestic and international terrorism, peacebuilding, political economy, and military ethics. Such breadth of research offers our students the intellectual tools to expand and enhance their knowledge and understanding of all aspects of conflict, defence, security and strategy.

International Affairs MA/PG Dip/PG Cert

International Affairs is a ground-breaking course that combines international relations, military history, strategic studies and regional security studies to educate students in the fundamental issues surrounding international security and conflict politics.


PhD Programme

PhD students are a vital element of King’s research community and culture, adding considerably to research productivity whilst providing role models for those undergraduates who are considering studying for a higher degree.


Hacking 4 MoD

H4MoD is an innovative program allowing students to work on real-world government defence problems.


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