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Global Affairs MSc

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The MSc Global Affairs examines the politics, society, economics and history of the world’s non-western, regional and rising powers and their role within a changing world order. Visit our Subject Area pages for content, news and events about the Global Affairs MSc.

Key benefits

  • The MSc Global Affairs is a unique course that looks at the world from the perspective of non-western regions, and critically examines the connections between the local and the global.
  • You will develop an in-depth and multi-disciplinary understanding of the politics, society, economics and history of at least two of the following countries and/or world regions: Brazil, China, India, Russia, Africa and the Middle East.
  • You will gain hands-on experience of designing and executing an independent research project on a global subject; either a dissertation with research methods training or capstone project alongside specialised policy-oriented micromodules.
  • With a flexible curriculum, the course allows you to develop the kinds of specialist regional knowledge (including the possibility of learning a language), research skills and awareness of yourself as a global citizen that are valued by employers, policymakers and scholars in a fast-changing world.

Our course is designed to enable you to develop an advanced understanding of the politics, society, economy and history of non-western countries, regions and rising powers, including via comparative analysis. The course allows you to build regional specialisation, alongside a consideration of cross-cutting and transnational issues in global affairs. With a firm focus on regions beyond Western Europe and North America, this course offers a truly global perspective on the changing world.

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.

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 use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

A typical 15 credit module involves 15-20 hours of lectures and/or seminars, plus 130-135 hours of self-study to prepare for classes and assignments. A typical 30 credit module involves 20-30 hours of lectures/seminars plus 270 hours of self-guided or group-based learning/project work. The dissertation module involves five hours of dissertation supervision and approximately 595 hours of self-guided learning while researching and writing the dissertation. The capstone project will involve 30 hours of lectures/ tutorials, 18 hours of project work, and 552 hours of self-guided or group-based learning.

As part of their two-year schedule, part-time students typically take the Introduction to Global Affairs module and 45 credits of optional modules in Year 1, and the Dissertation/Capstone modules and 45 credits of optional modules in Year 2.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Oral Presentations
  • Written Examinations
  • Dissertation
  • Group research report
  • Individual policy paper
  • Individual action appeal
  • Multi-media presentation

Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected. The primary methods of assessment for this course are:

  • Most 15-credit modules are assessed through a combination of essays and other written and oral exercises such as policy papers, multi-media presentation and writing/data based exercises. Some may involve exams.
  • The dissertation module will be assessed on the basis of the dissertation (12,000 words).
  • One assessment for the Global Institutes Research Methods module will involve writing a dissertation proposal.
  • The capstone project will be assessed on the basis of a group research report individual policy paper and an individual action appeal.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following module:

Introduction to Global Affairs (30 credits)

You are also required to take either:

Dissertation (60 Credits)
Global Institutes Research Methods (15 credits)

or

Global Affairs Capstone Project (60 credits)

plus 3 x 5 credit online modules offered by the International School for Government – these may typically include Approaches to Policy Making; Communications, Media and Public Policy and The Economic Analysis of Public Policy (total: capstone project plus three online modules = 75 credits).

You are also required to take 30 credits from a range of regional introductory modules that may typically include the following:

Contemporary Brazil (15 credits) [King’s Brazil Institute]
Contemporary India (15 credits)
China and the Age of Globalisation (15 credits)
Russia and the European Union (15 credits)
African Issues in Global Affairs (15 credits)
The Politics of the Contemporary Middle East (15 credits)

If you are a part-time student, you will take Introduction to Global Affairs in your first year, and the Dissertation and Research Methods or Capstone and International School for Government modules in your second. You must choose three more modules in year 1 and two more modules in year 2, from both the list above and the list below.

Optional modules

In addition, students take 45 credits from a range of optional modules (subject to availability) that may typically include:

India in Global Politics (15 credits)
China and Global Governance (15 credits)
Contemporary Chinese Society: Change and Transformation (15 credits)
Politics of Energy Security in Eurasia (15 credits)
Political Economy of Latin America: Development Trajectories and Contemporary Challenges (15 credits)
Political Economy of Authoritarianism in the Middle East (15 credits)
The State and Development in Africa and Asia (15 credits)
Emerging Powers in Global Leadership (15 credits)
Natural Resource Governance (15 credits)
Governing Complex Societies: Federalism, Decentralisation and Development (15 credits)

You can also take: - Many other modules offered by the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy - Language modules offered by the Modern Language Centre (which may include Arabic, Hindi, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian). Language modules can also be taken for additional credit (15 credits)

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

MSc Global Affairs graduates will have a wide range of career options including in further academic research, consultancy, NGOs, government and international organisations, media and publishing, business, finance and investment.

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.

Additional Costs

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

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Funding

Our course is designed to enable you to develop an advanced understanding of the politics, society, economy and history of non-western countries, regions and rising powers, including via comparative analysis. The course allows you to build regional specialisation, alongside a consideration of cross-cutting and transnational issues in global affairs. With a firm focus on regions beyond Western Europe and North America, this course offers a truly global perspective on the changing world.

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.

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 use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

A typical 15 credit module involves 15-20 hours of lectures and/or seminars, plus 130-135 hours of self-study to prepare for classes and assignments. A typical 30 credit module involves 20-30 hours of lectures/seminars plus 270 hours of self-guided or group-based learning/project work. The dissertation module involves five hours of dissertation supervision and approximately 595 hours of self-guided learning while researching and writing the dissertation. The capstone project will involve 30 hours of lectures/ tutorials, 18 hours of project work, and 552 hours of self-guided or group-based learning.

As part of their two-year schedule, part-time students typically take the Introduction to Global Affairs module and 45 credits of optional modules in Year 1, and the Dissertation/Capstone modules and 45 credits of optional modules in Year 2.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Oral Presentations
  • Written Examinations
  • Dissertation
  • Group research report
  • Individual policy paper
  • Individual action appeal
  • Multi-media presentation

Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected. The primary methods of assessment for this course are:

  • Most 15-credit modules are assessed through a combination of essays and other written and oral exercises such as policy papers, multi-media presentation and writing/data based exercises. Some may involve exams.
  • The dissertation module will be assessed on the basis of the dissertation (12,000 words).
  • One assessment for the Global Institutes Research Methods module will involve writing a dissertation proposal.
  • The capstone project will be assessed on the basis of a group research report individual policy paper and an individual action appeal.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following module:

Introduction to Global Affairs (30 credits)

You are also required to take either:

Dissertation (60 Credits)
Global Institutes Research Methods (15 credits)

or

Global Affairs Capstone Project (60 credits)

plus 3 x 5 credit online modules offered by the International School for Government – these may typically include Approaches to Policy Making; Communications, Media and Public Policy and The Economic Analysis of Public Policy (total: capstone project plus three online modules = 75 credits).

You are also required to take 30 credits from a range of regional introductory modules that may typically include the following:

Contemporary Brazil (15 credits) [King’s Brazil Institute]
Contemporary India (15 credits)
China and the Age of Globalisation (15 credits)
Russia and the European Union (15 credits)
African Issues in Global Affairs (15 credits)
The Politics of the Contemporary Middle East (15 credits)

If you are a part-time student, you will take Introduction to Global Affairs in your first year, and the Dissertation and Research Methods or Capstone and International School for Government modules in your second. You must choose three more modules in year 1 and two more modules in year 2, from both the list above and the list below.

Optional modules

In addition, students take 45 credits from a range of optional modules (subject to availability) that may typically include:

India in Global Politics (15 credits)
China and Global Governance (15 credits)
Contemporary Chinese Society: Change and Transformation (15 credits)
Politics of Energy Security in Eurasia (15 credits)
Political Economy of Latin America: Development Trajectories and Contemporary Challenges (15 credits)
Political Economy of Authoritarianism in the Middle East (15 credits)
The State and Development in Africa and Asia (15 credits)
Emerging Powers in Global Leadership (15 credits)
Natural Resource Governance (15 credits)
Governing Complex Societies: Federalism, Decentralisation and Development (15 credits)

You can also take: - Many other modules offered by the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy - Language modules offered by the Modern Language Centre (which may include Arabic, Hindi, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian). Language modules can also be taken for additional credit (15 credits)

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

MSc Global Affairs graduates will have a wide range of career options including in further academic research, consultancy, NGOs, government and international organisations, media and publishing, business, finance and investment.

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.

Additional Costs

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

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

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