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Geopolitics, Resources and Territory MA

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This Geopolitics, Resources and Territory MA is a unique multidisciplinary programme that has a dual focus on the territorial and resource-related aspects of inter-state relations, bringing together the legal side of things in as much detail as the social sciences. It delivers research-led teaching on critical and fundamental questions relating to international boundaries, sovereignty disputes and environmental geopolitics. This is supplemented with teaching and guidance from leading external practitioners in the field of international dispute resolution and environmental management You’ll study a topic that has been taught at King’s for 24 years. This MA programme draws on the wealth of experience of its successful predecessor, the Geopolitics, Territory and Security MA, which has produced alumni in the fields of international civil service and diplomacy, international law, academia, NGOs and specialised political and security risk agencies. You’ll be taught by leading academic specialists with extensive policy networks and experience and practising international lawyers to gain an understanding that goes above and beyond traditional international relations perspectives. You won’t just learn about geopolitics - you’ll study the causes of international strife, the consequences of it, and the solutions. You’ll learn how to apply critical scrutiny of resource and territorial disputes involving - as you might expect in a geography department - a clear focus on their spatial manifestations. You’ll also be exposed to cutting edge debates on border disputes, water diplomacy and major global drivers of geopolitical change. You’ll examine a range of issues, ranging from topical issues such as water conflicts to long-standing themes like the creation and maintenance of international boundaries and borders at different scales. You’ll also study the factors that drive contemporary territorial disputes, and how the scarcity of natural resources impact this. At the end of this Geopolitics, Resources and Territory MA, you’ll become skilled at geopolitical and political geographic analysis and able to contextualise these issues within the wider social sciences, and the relevant aspects of international law. When you graduate, you will join an alumni network that has gone on to work in the FCTO, in international NGOs involved in dispute resolution, international law firms, and departments of the United Nations and the European Union.

Key benefits

  • Deepen your foundational understanding of territory, natural resources and international boundaries.
  • Learn from international legal and technical experts, policy experts and recognised scholars.
  • Master cutting-edge debates and policy solutions on environmental disputes such as water and natural resources.
  • Access the extensive collection of resources researching historical and contemporary aspects of international boundary questions and territorial disputes, including the National Archives and British Library.
  • Explore a range of regional geopolitical issues guided by academic experts
  • Enjoy considerable autonomy in developing the focus of your coursework, including your dissertation, allowing you to specialise.

This Geopolitics, Resources and Territory MA will teach you about how internal boundaries on land and sea are created and maintained, focusing on the legal, technical and practical factors.  You’ll gain insights into how border and territorial disputes are resolved, and how contemporary issues such as water conflict can be tackled.   You’ll also see how academic disciplines have evolved to cover territorial questions and specific analysis such as critical water scholarship, including cutting edge new research and critical lenses. This will give you an appreciation of developing new approaches in critical border studies and critical water scholarship This Geopolitics, Resources and Territory MA focuses on how these processes play out at the regional level, with a concentration on the Middle East and North Africa.  You’ll develop multidisciplinary lenses, applying geopolitical and political geography analysis, elements of international law, other approaches from the social science and humanities and international relations theory.   You’ll also get the chance to specialise in resource geopolitics and associated questions of environmental security, drawing on the politics over water, energy, climate and beyond.

Base campuses

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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.

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face-to-face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

We will teach you through a combination of lectures and seminars, typically 20 hours per module. We also expect you to undertake 130 hours of independent study for each module.

 
Module Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
Per 15-credit taught module 16-30 hours 120-134 hours (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning).
Dissertation module Usually 5 contact hours of one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors.

595 hours of self study and project work.

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Practical Examinations
  • Written Examinations
  • Oral Presentations
  • Lab Work
  • Dissertation

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include essays and other written assignments, oral presentations, lab work and occasionally by examination, depending on the modules selected. All students also undertake a research-based dissertation of 12,000 words.

Structure

Required modules

Programmes are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180-190 credits as outlined below.

You are required to take the following modules:

Dissertation (60 Credits)
Geopolitics of Boundaries, Borderlands and Territory (15 credits)
Practising Social Research (15 credits)
Research Design and Project Management (15 credits)
Security and the Global Natural Environment (15 credits)

Optional modules

Please note that for international students, UK Government guidelines are currently more restrictive for those holding part-time visas than full-time visas. If you hold a student visa for a part-time programme, you will not have the right to undertake any work, paid or unpaid, in the UK. Therefore, the Internship (Environment & Society) module is only available to full-time overseas students but not part-time overseas students, as the UK government considers it unpaid work. The Internship module is also available to full- or part-time home students. In addition, you are required to take 60-70 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

Critical Geographies of Terrorism (15 credits)
Critical Geopolitics (15 credits)
Geopolitics of Natural Resource Disputes (15 credits)
Territorial & Boundary Dispute Resolution (15 credits)
Water Sustainability, Society and Governance (15 credits)

Other Optional Modules Available to Students on this Programme:

  • Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Department of Geography, including those listed above.
  • Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Department of War Studies, subject to availability and permission of the module leader.
  • The Law and Practice of the United Nations: Edging Towards Transnational Constitutionalism? (15 credits) (KCL Dickson Poon School of Law, by arrangement)
  • The UN Collective Security System: When Theory Meets Practice (15 credits) (KCL Dickson Poon School of Law, by arrangement)
  • Up to 20 credits of Level 7 (Master’s) modules from any King’s Departments or Institutes outside of Geography, subject to approvals.

Part-Time Students

Part time students are advised to take 75-90 credits of taught modules in their first year, including the compulsory modules Geopolitics of Boundaries, Borderlands and Territory and Security and the Global Natural Environment, thereby allowing enough time to focus on the dissertation in their second year. Students are normally advised to take the compulsory research methods module Practising Social Research in their second year, but that can be taken in the first year, should students have strong reasons to do so and have the agreement of their Programme Director. Research Design and Project Management should be taken in the second year.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Geopolitics, Resources and Territory MA graduates have gone on to occupy senior management positions in government agencies and international consultancies. Many have also gained employment with international NGOs involved in dispute resolution and advocacy, international law firms, government ministries, oil companies, departments of the United Nations and the European Union.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

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

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Some modules include the option to undertake other short day-trip fieldwork. These fieldwork options will enhance the modules, but they are not assessed as part of the module. The additional costs for short day-trip fieldwork would typically not exceed £50 per year.
  • Costs may be incurred for your dissertation work if fieldwork and/or laboratory materials are needed for the chosen study topic, but such work is not mandatory and would not impact academic success if an alternative approach to dissertation research is taken.

Funding

This Geopolitics, Resources and Territory MA will teach you about how internal boundaries on land and sea are created and maintained, focusing on the legal, technical and practical factors.  You’ll gain insights into how border and territorial disputes are resolved, and how contemporary issues such as water conflict can be tackled.   You’ll also see how academic disciplines have evolved to cover territorial questions and specific analysis such as critical water scholarship, including cutting edge new research and critical lenses. This will give you an appreciation of developing new approaches in critical border studies and critical water scholarship This Geopolitics, Resources and Territory MA focuses on how these processes play out at the regional level, with a concentration on the Middle East and North Africa.  You’ll develop multidisciplinary lenses, applying geopolitical and political geography analysis, elements of international law, other approaches from the social science and humanities and international relations theory.   You’ll also get the chance to specialise in resource geopolitics and associated questions of environmental security, drawing on the politics over water, energy, climate and beyond.

Base campuses

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.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face-to-face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

We will teach you through a combination of lectures and seminars, typically 20 hours per module. We also expect you to undertake 130 hours of independent study for each module.

 
Module Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
Per 15-credit taught module 16-30 hours 120-134 hours (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning).
Dissertation module Usually 5 contact hours of one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors.

595 hours of self study and project work.

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Practical Examinations
  • Written Examinations
  • Oral Presentations
  • Lab Work
  • Dissertation

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include essays and other written assignments, oral presentations, lab work and occasionally by examination, depending on the modules selected. All students also undertake a research-based dissertation of 12,000 words.

Structure

Required modules

Programmes are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180-190 credits as outlined below.

You are required to take the following modules:

Dissertation (60 Credits)
Geopolitics of Boundaries, Borderlands and Territory (15 credits)
Practising Social Research (15 credits)
Research Design and Project Management (15 credits)
Security and the Global Natural Environment (15 credits)

Optional modules

Please note that for international students, UK Government guidelines are currently more restrictive for those holding part-time visas than full-time visas. If you hold a student visa for a part-time programme, you will not have the right to undertake any work, paid or unpaid, in the UK. Therefore, the Internship (Environment & Society) module is only available to full-time overseas students but not part-time overseas students, as the UK government considers it unpaid work. The Internship module is also available to full- or part-time home students. In addition, you are required to take 60-70 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

Critical Geographies of Terrorism (15 credits)
Critical Geopolitics (15 credits)
Geopolitics of Natural Resource Disputes (15 credits)
Territorial & Boundary Dispute Resolution (15 credits)
Water Sustainability, Society and Governance (15 credits)

Other Optional Modules Available to Students on this Programme:

  • Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Department of Geography, including those listed above.
  • Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Department of War Studies, subject to availability and permission of the module leader.
  • The Law and Practice of the United Nations: Edging Towards Transnational Constitutionalism? (15 credits) (KCL Dickson Poon School of Law, by arrangement)
  • The UN Collective Security System: When Theory Meets Practice (15 credits) (KCL Dickson Poon School of Law, by arrangement)
  • Up to 20 credits of Level 7 (Master’s) modules from any King’s Departments or Institutes outside of Geography, subject to approvals.

Part-Time Students

Part time students are advised to take 75-90 credits of taught modules in their first year, including the compulsory modules Geopolitics of Boundaries, Borderlands and Territory and Security and the Global Natural Environment, thereby allowing enough time to focus on the dissertation in their second year. Students are normally advised to take the compulsory research methods module Practising Social Research in their second year, but that can be taken in the first year, should students have strong reasons to do so and have the agreement of their Programme Director. Research Design and Project Management should be taken in the second year.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Geopolitics, Resources and Territory MA graduates have gone on to occupy senior management positions in government agencies and international consultancies. Many have also gained employment with international NGOs involved in dispute resolution and advocacy, international law firms, government ministries, oil companies, departments of the United Nations and the European Union.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

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

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Some modules include the option to undertake other short day-trip fieldwork. These fieldwork options will enhance the modules, but they are not assessed as part of the module. The additional costs for short day-trip fieldwork would typically not exceed £50 per year.
  • Costs may be incurred for your dissertation work if fieldwork and/or laboratory materials are needed for the chosen study topic, but such work is not mandatory and would not impact academic success if an alternative approach to dissertation research is taken.

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