The Strategic Studies research theme is a vibrant and diverse multidisciplinary group of scholars interested, broadly speaking, in various dimensions and implications of the political utility of force. Our members conduct cutting-edge, impact-focused research on military strategy, naval strategy, grand strategy, strategic theory, nuclear strategy, astrostrategy, cyberstrategy, strategic history, and the history of strategic thought, as well as the study of politics, history, intelligence, and all aspects of foreign policy and diplomacy.
Our funded research projects include the World Order Study Group, Britain in the World, Mapping Borders , the Diplomatic Stakeholders Project, Interrogating Visions of a Post-Western World, The Origins and Future of World Order, the Engelsberg Programme for Applied History, Grand Strategy and Statecraft, Advancing the Enforcement of Anti-Slavery Legislation in Mauritania, and the King’s Japan Programme.
The Strategic Studies theme is an inclusive and collaborative research community that functions as a network of support for scholars at all career stages. Through a series of regular formal and informal events and seminars, we seek to encourage research collaboration within the research theme and across the School of Security Studies.
Our War Studies MA explores the phenomenon of war and conflict, along with its causes, conduct and consequences, from historical, political, philosophical, military and sociological viewpoints.
Research in the Defence Studies Department (DSD) is reflective of the diverse interests of our staff members and postgraduate students. It covers military, naval, diplomatic and imperial history, international relations, defence and regional security policy studies, strategic studies, and the ethics of conflict.
The Department is proud of its thriving community of research students. A recent HEFCE study found that King's College London is the most successful university in Britain in terms of PhD completion rate.