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Global Leadership and Peacebuilding MSc

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Our Global Leadership and Peacebuiding MSc looks at the mutually reinforcing links between global leadership, peace and society, especially in developing nations. Through this blended learning programme, which offers both face-to-face and online modules, you will learn to understand the huge significance of global leadership processes and outcomes in peacebuilding efforts in the developing world and the impacts they have on society.

Key benefits

  • Innovative approach to the interdisciplinary study of global leadership and peacebuilding: only MSc programme in the UK where Global Leadership is studied in relation to peace and security, peacebuilding and societal development.
  • Blended learning format allows for a range of learning experiences and options: core modules are a mix of online learning and intensive face to face classroom experiences; with flexible learning optional modules.
  • Interrogate key leadership concepts and challenge mainstream assumptions, to understand how global leadership has unique, intense and far-reaching complexities that defy standard narratives around: what leadership is; how assertions of influence occur and why certain (effective and ineffective) leaders emerge; and the relationship between institutions and leadership.
  • Students can transform their perspectives on global leadership and undergo personal development to translate their ideas into change-making opportunities within in their own contexts
  • Opportunity to network with the ALC's global network of renowned academics, practitioners, activists and institutional partners that include universities, international organizations, and research and policy institutions from across the world, with teaching by key intellectuals and experts on global leadership and peacebuilding from both the global north and south.
  • Access to a broad selection of optional courses across King's, with emphasis on Faculty of Social Sciences & Public Policy.
  • Scholarships available

Next generation leaders must be able to thrive across different socio-cultural contexts while achieving success in organisations. In a dynamic global context with a wide array of diverse actors and stakeholders, global leaders need a unique set of skills and must be uniquely prepared. The Global Leadership and Peacebuilding programme seeks: (i) To deepen students' understanding of the different patterns of global leadership that have underlined social, political, economic and peace processes and outcomes in developing societies and across the world; (ii) To advance peacebuilding knowledge - conceptually and operationally - on the process of leadership and global problem-solving in developing societies and across the world; (iii) To develop in students deep analytical skills on responses to global challenges in the 21st century Students learn to understand how the enormous complexity of global leadership – the multiple cultures, multiple actors operating across different levels and the interconnections among all of this. What will this mean for those trying to respond across all of these levels to build peace in multiple ways? What are the situations, contexts and cases that best reflect this complexity? Who are the actors that demonstrate capacity to manage this complexity? What are the tools for achieving this?

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 assessments. 

The face to face components of this course are primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus. The online components can be studied from anywhere in the world. Our location in the heart of London, one of the world’s most vibrant and internationally connected cities, offers you unrivalled opportunities. You will benefit from access to our own resources and archives, as well as the cultural and academic offerings of the capital.

For every 15-credit module, we will provide 15 hours of synchronous or asynchronous learning, through either lectures, seminars or online material, and we will expect you to undertake 150 hours of independent study. For your dissertation, we will provide 10 hours of discussion time with your supervisor, 15 hours of synchronous or asynchronous learning, and we will expect you to undertake 575 hours of independent study and project work. Students should note that the self-study aspect of every module is extremely important: the readings given to students are a compulsory and key component on the learning experience.

 
Module Lectures, seminars Self-study
Per 15-credit taught module Typically 15 hours 135 hours (including engaging with specially prepared course materials and self-guided learning).
Dissertation module 10 hours discussion time with supervisor 590 hours

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Group presentation
  • Research and reflection project
  • Online problem-solving exam
  • Attendance
  • Seminar participation
  • Dissertation

We assess our Global Leadership, Peace & Society module through one group presentation, one research and reflection project, one online problem-solving exam, and on attendance and participation.

We assess our 15-credit modules in different ways according to the modules. They typically contain one piece of written work and an additional component. This additional component may typically include another written assignment, a presentation, or group work activity. This format may be different for modules from other departments.

Your dissertation will be a 1,000-word dissertation outline and a 14,000-word piece of writing.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Global Leadership, Peace & Society (30 credits)
Practising Leadership (15 credits)
Natural Resource Governance (15 credits)
The Governance of Security (15 credits)
Leadership Research Methods (15 credits)
Global Leadership Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take two modules (totalling 30 credits) from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

Gender, Leadership and Society (15 credits)
Youth and Society in the Development World (15 credits)
African Issues in Global Affairs (15 credits)
Applied Global Leadership (15 credits)
Principal’s Global Leadership Award (15 credits)
The State and Development in Africa and Asia (15 credits)
Emerging Powers in Global Leadership (15 credits)
China & Global Governance – offered by China Institute (15 credits)
Inter-American Politics in the 20th and 21st century – offered by Brazil Institute (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

Graduates of our MSc course use the skills and knowledge that they develop to build careers in further academic research, teaching, the public and private sectors, transnational corporations, international organisations (UN, EU, AU and worldwide regional organisations), international business and non-governmental organisations.

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.

The African Leadership Centre is offering several master’s awards for 2022/23 full-time entry on the MSc Global Leadership and Peacebuilding. Further details are available on the School of Global Affairs Scholarships page.

Additional Costs

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

  • Leadership Weekend Workshop: this is a compulsory component of the programme and will cost an additional £400
  • 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
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

Funding

Next generation leaders must be able to thrive across different socio-cultural contexts while achieving success in organisations. In a dynamic global context with a wide array of diverse actors and stakeholders, global leaders need a unique set of skills and must be uniquely prepared. The Global Leadership and Peacebuilding programme seeks: (i) To deepen students' understanding of the different patterns of global leadership that have underlined social, political, economic and peace processes and outcomes in developing societies and across the world; (ii) To advance peacebuilding knowledge - conceptually and operationally - on the process of leadership and global problem-solving in developing societies and across the world; (iii) To develop in students deep analytical skills on responses to global challenges in the 21st century Students learn to understand how the enormous complexity of global leadership – the multiple cultures, multiple actors operating across different levels and the interconnections among all of this. What will this mean for those trying to respond across all of these levels to build peace in multiple ways? What are the situations, contexts and cases that best reflect this complexity? Who are the actors that demonstrate capacity to manage this complexity? What are the tools for achieving this?

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 assessments. 

The face to face components of this course are primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus. The online components can be studied from anywhere in the world. Our location in the heart of London, one of the world’s most vibrant and internationally connected cities, offers you unrivalled opportunities. You will benefit from access to our own resources and archives, as well as the cultural and academic offerings of the capital.

For every 15-credit module, we will provide 15 hours of synchronous or asynchronous learning, through either lectures, seminars or online material, and we will expect you to undertake 150 hours of independent study. For your dissertation, we will provide 10 hours of discussion time with your supervisor, 15 hours of synchronous or asynchronous learning, and we will expect you to undertake 575 hours of independent study and project work. Students should note that the self-study aspect of every module is extremely important: the readings given to students are a compulsory and key component on the learning experience.

 
Module Lectures, seminars Self-study
Per 15-credit taught module Typically 15 hours 135 hours (including engaging with specially prepared course materials and self-guided learning).
Dissertation module 10 hours discussion time with supervisor 590 hours

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Group presentation
  • Research and reflection project
  • Online problem-solving exam
  • Attendance
  • Seminar participation
  • Dissertation

We assess our Global Leadership, Peace & Society module through one group presentation, one research and reflection project, one online problem-solving exam, and on attendance and participation.

We assess our 15-credit modules in different ways according to the modules. They typically contain one piece of written work and an additional component. This additional component may typically include another written assignment, a presentation, or group work activity. This format may be different for modules from other departments.

Your dissertation will be a 1,000-word dissertation outline and a 14,000-word piece of writing.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Global Leadership, Peace & Society (30 credits)
Practising Leadership (15 credits)
Natural Resource Governance (15 credits)
The Governance of Security (15 credits)
Leadership Research Methods (15 credits)
Global Leadership Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take two modules (totalling 30 credits) from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

Gender, Leadership and Society (15 credits)
Youth and Society in the Development World (15 credits)
African Issues in Global Affairs (15 credits)
Applied Global Leadership (15 credits)
Principal’s Global Leadership Award (15 credits)
The State and Development in Africa and Asia (15 credits)
Emerging Powers in Global Leadership (15 credits)
China & Global Governance – offered by China Institute (15 credits)
Inter-American Politics in the 20th and 21st century – offered by Brazil Institute (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

Graduates of our MSc course use the skills and knowledge that they develop to build careers in further academic research, teaching, the public and private sectors, transnational corporations, international organisations (UN, EU, AU and worldwide regional organisations), international business and non-governmental organisations.

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.

The African Leadership Centre is offering several master’s awards for 2022/23 full-time entry on the MSc Global Leadership and Peacebuilding. Further details are available on the School of Global Affairs Scholarships page.

Additional Costs

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

  • Leadership Weekend Workshop: this is a compulsory component of the programme and will cost an additional £400
  • 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
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

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