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Postgraduate Courses


Our teaching programmes equip students with the intellectual tools to enhance their knowledge, capability and understanding of all aspects of conflict, defence, and security.

As well as providing education to the UK Military, the Defence Studies Department offers postgraduate courses (MA and PhDs) open to civilians. The courses open to civilians are listed below.

Duration MPhil two years full-time (four years part-time); PhD three years full-time (six years part-time) with an additional writing-up year if necessary.

MPhil/PhD Defence Studies Research in Defence Studies Department at King's College London

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Duration MA -minimum 2 years, maximum 6 years; PG Dip - minimum 16 months, maximum 4 years; PG Cert- minimum 8 months, maximum 3 years

Engage with global defence and security issues with our International Affairs MSc/PG online course. Enrol today to access our world-class education.

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For a list of our military programmes for students at the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) and Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS), please visit the Military Education page.



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