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Professional Development Short Courses

KIASS offers open short courses in defence and security aimed at enhancing the performance of you and your organisation. Each provides a demanding curriculum and an applied perspective on today’s global policy challenges. 

The MA-level module in National Security Studies (NSS) is a 20-week and 30 credit module which is also the compulsory module for the MA programme in National Security Studies. The course builds on a long heritage of courses delivered by the Centre for Defence Studies (CDS) in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. It has been designed for students and practitioners – those who work in government or the private sector – who wish to develop knowledge of national security policymaking processes and practices.

Examine the role that diplomacy plays in international society and analyses how diplomatic efforts can be impacted by other levers of state power such as armed forces and intelligence agencies. This module will provide you with an understanding of contemporary and historical diplomatic issues by outlining theoretical aspects of diplomacy and then applying them to case studies.