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Key information

Award:
MPhil
PhD
Study mode:
Distance Learning
Full time
Part time
Campus:
Strand Campus
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.

Overview

The Defence Studies Department’s unique position as an academic department based at the Defence Academy heavily influences its research. Sitting at the heart of security and defence education in the United Kingdom, it is able to draw on the experiences and knowledge of not only UK military officers, but officers from a wide range of allied nations. The Department’s research is therefore able to benefit from and influence defence thinking and policymaking not just in the UK, but across the world.

Research in the Department 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. This wide range of topics is united by their relation and relevance to contemporary security and defence issues. Researchers from the Department have played an important role in past UK security and defence reviews and continue to influence future reviews. Staff members are regularly consulted by national and international media on contemporary and past events, and they are actively engaged in public engagement with the heritage sector. Research projects in the Department has been supported by a variety of funding bodies, including the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the MacArthur Foundation, the British Council, the European Commission, the US Army War College, the UK Ministry of Defence, and the US Department of Defense.

Since 2011, the Department has run its own postgraduate research programme. We attract studentships from a variety of sources, including the ESRC and the AHRC. We also offer studentships funded directly by the Department. Nearly 120 students are currently undertaking doctoral research. Every year, 40 students join the programme. The Department is especially interested in receiving applications from students planning research projects in fields that enhance the strength of the Department’s research themes and groups, and enriching its broader research culture.

Course Detail

Defence Studies Research MPhil/PhD candidates join a thriving interdisciplinary research community, connecting with world-leading scholars and practitioners. Postgraduate students are allocated a supervisor from within the Defence Studies Department and a second supervisor either from the Department or elsewhere in the College. The Department has a close relationship with War Studies, often working closely in MPhil/PhD supervision. For a full staff list and their research interests please access the War Studies website.

During the first year of study it is College policy that both full and part time students will have their progress reviewed within 3 months of initial registration and again after a period of nine months registration. Thereafter, the progress of all students will be reviewed at every six months. A comprehensive programme of individual research training is offered to ensure that students develop the skills necessary to complete their research programme and fulfil their career goals.

Students receive support from their supervisors in the following areas relating to their research programme:

  • Structure & Planning
  • Direction & Training
  • Monitoring
  • Advice & Guidance
  • Support & Encouragement
  • Pastoral Responsibility
  • Future career guidance

Information is current, but staff members can change.

Head of Group/division

Dr Christian Tripodi

UK Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees:

£6,120 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies)

£6,120 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies via Distance Learning)

Part time tuition fees:

£3,060 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies)

£3,060 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies via Distance Learning)

International Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees:

£21,870 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies)

£21,870 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies via Distance Learning)

Part time tuition fees:

£11,490 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies)

£11,490 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies via Distance Learning)

UK Tuition Fees 2023/24

Full time tuition fees:

£6,540 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies)

£6,540 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies via Distance Learning)

Part time tuition fees:

£3,270 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies)

£3,270 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies via Distance Learning)

International Tuition Fees 2023/24

Full time tuition fees:

£24,360 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies)

£24,360 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies via Distance Learning)

Part time tuition fees:

£12,180 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies)

£12,180 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies via Distance Learning)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King's terms and conditions.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Study Environment

MPhil/PhD students are allocated a primary and secondary supervisor. Students have access to workspaces with computers and printers, either located in the Department of War Studies on the Strand Campus or at the Library at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, subject to security clearance. Students are encouraged to take part in the lively research culture of the Defence Studies Department, attending research seminars, student-organised research workshops, or the regular seminars, visiting lectures, and conferences that are held either in London or at the JSCSC in Shrivenham. They are also expected to participate in one or more of the School of Security Studies’ research themes and groups which organise their own programmes of events. Find out about SoSS research themes.

Postgraduate Training

Students will have their training and development needs assessed and will, with their supervisor, draw up a personalised programme of training that will both allow them to complete their research project and also provide the skills they will need in their subsequent career. Ongoing research training needs are assessed throughout the programme. This training will include courses provided by the Department, the School of Security Studies, the Centre for Doctoral Studies, or the LISS-DTP.

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UK Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees:

£6,120 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies)

£6,120 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies via Distance Learning)

Part time tuition fees:

£3,060 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies)

£3,060 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies via Distance Learning)

International Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees:

£21,870 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies)

£21,870 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies via Distance Learning)

Part time tuition fees:

£11,490 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies)

£11,490 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies via Distance Learning)

UK Tuition Fees 2023/24

Full time tuition fees:

£6,540 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies)

£6,540 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies via Distance Learning)

Part time tuition fees:

£3,270 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies)

£3,270 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies via Distance Learning)

International Tuition Fees 2023/24

Full time tuition fees:

£24,360 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies)

£24,360 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies via Distance Learning)

Part time tuition fees:

£12,180 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies)

£12,180 per year (MPhil/PhD, Defence Studies via Distance Learning)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King's terms and conditions.

Base campus

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Study Environment

MPhil/PhD students are allocated a primary and secondary supervisor. Students have access to workspaces with computers and printers, either located in the Department of War Studies on the Strand Campus or at the Library at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, subject to security clearance. Students are encouraged to take part in the lively research culture of the Defence Studies Department, attending research seminars, student-organised research workshops, or the regular seminars, visiting lectures, and conferences that are held either in London or at the JSCSC in Shrivenham. They are also expected to participate in one or more of the School of Security Studies’ research themes and groups which organise their own programmes of events. Find out about SoSS research themes.

Postgraduate Training

Students will have their training and development needs assessed and will, with their supervisor, draw up a personalised programme of training that will both allow them to complete their research project and also provide the skills they will need in their subsequent career. Ongoing research training needs are assessed throughout the programme. This training will include courses provided by the Department, the School of Security Studies, the Centre for Doctoral Studies, or the LISS-DTP.

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Key information

Award:
MPhil
PhD
Study mode:
Distance Learning
Full time
Part time
Campus:
Strand Campus
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.

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