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Global Security MA, PG Dip, PG Cert - Online course PG Cert

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The need for understanding the global security landscape has never been more urgent. During the 21st Century, security threats have multiplied exponentially across the world. They range from the traditional, such as strategic competition, nuclear proliferation and global responses to terrorism, to the more contemporary, such as loss of biodiversity, climate change and threats to human security. We’ll also cover global power balances and inequalities between the Global North and the Global South in a post-colonial world. This online Global Security Master’s will equip you with the skills to think about these security issues holistically and allow you to find practical solutions to the dilemmas they pose. Through close engagement with world-class research and teaching conducted by the largest and most diverse collection of security studies scholars on the planet, you’ll expand your conceptual understanding when thinking about security issues and threats. Utilising real-world case studies and scenarios, you’ll build the skills needed to effectively negotiate the often-competing demands of securing people, states and the natural environment in a complex global context.

Key benefits

  • Expand your conceptual toolbox for thinking about contrasting and sometimes conflicting perspectives of security and the challenges of providing security sustainably.
  • Highly relatable to the world today, you’ll discover security in relation to contemporary issues, such as pandemics, immigration and threats to biodiversity, as well as deterrence and new forms of war.
  • Build practical skills using case studies and real-world scenarios, including mock policy papers, podcasts and debates.
  • Discover different ways of thinking about security with our foundational modules.
  • Undertake a range of optional modules to suit your interests and career ambitions.

This unique Global Security MA is underpinned by the theoretical and conceptual understanding needed to situate and rationalise these security issues and threats. Covering a diverse range of topics, you can expect to learn about strategic competition, nuclear proliferation, global responses to terrorism, climate change and pandemics. You’ll also explore the human impact of security challenges, such as inequalities, human rights and global justice. You’ll look at security from both an individual and state-level perspective, digging into the threats faced by humanity. As you discuss theoretical concepts, such as realism and critical approaches to security studies, you’ll also build a diverse range of practical skills ready to apply to real-world scenarios. There are six intake dates for this programme: January, March, May, June, September, and October

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

The programme is delivered entirely online. There are video lectures, coursework, including critical appraisal of published work, essays and abstracts, and self-directed learning activities. To build practical experience, we’ll use a diverse range of exercises and assessments, such as writing mock policy papers, analytical reports, debates and podcasts. The teaching features interactive elements including gameplay exploring the winners and losers in applying different approaches to making security choices.

The programme is flexible, and three levels of postgraduate qualification are offered:

  • Achieve a postgraduate certificate after completing 60 credits, a postgraduate diploma after 120 credits and a master’s degree after completing all 180 credits.
  • Complete the four foundation modules to earn your PG Cert.
  • Complete the four foundation modules and four of the optional modules to earn your PG Dip.
  • Complete four foundation modules, four optional modules, the two research modules and your dissertation to earn your MA. 

There are six intake dates for this programme: September 2022, October 2022, January 2023, March 2023, May 2023, and June 2023.

Why study with King’s?

  • Learn from high-profile academics in the field of security.
  • Harness expertise from a unique course collaboration across different departments in the School of Security Studies, including the Department of War Studies & the Defence Studies Department.
  • The course is delivered by the Faculty of Social Sciences & Public Policy, ranked 9th in the UK for social sciences (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2021).
  • Follow in the footsteps of fellow graduates from the School of Security Studies who’ve gone onto a range of careers, including being appointed to US President Joe Biden’s government.

Benefits of online learning

  • Discuss and collaborate with fellow students from across the world, all with varied professional backgrounds and experience.
  • Six annual entry points mean you can begin study when it’s convenient for you.
  • You’ll benefit from outstanding support and teaching from the comfort of your home.
  • Benefit from a teaching environment where you'll experience close instructor interaction and collaboration with a global network of like-minded students and professionals. 

Assessment

    You’ll be assessed using both formative and summative methods. Formative assessments are provided informally, through verbal feedback from tutors on your contributions in online seminars and unassessed presentations.

    Summative assessments are designed to evaluate and provide feedback on coursework assignments submitted formally as a requirement for completing each module. Coursework varies from module to module and may include written coursework essays, oral presentations, annotated bibliographies, creative responses, consultancy pieces, research proposals, dissertations, and research projects. These are designed to provide you with opportunities to develop and demonstrate the extent of your in-depth knowledge and understanding of specific topics related to global security.

    Structure

    Required modules

    You’re required to take the following four modules for the PG Cert, PG Dip and MA programmes: Security Studies Theories & Approaches (15 credits) Security Structures & Processes (15 credits) Human Security: Intersections & Inequalities (15 credits) Science & Security (15 credits) MA students are also required to take the following three modules: Introduction to Critical Methodologies (15 credits) Critical Engagement with Literature (15 credits) Dissertation (30 credits)

    Optional modules

    PG Dip students can choose to take four of the following modules (there’s an opportunity to switch some modules for our International Affairs modules* if that suits your interests): Global Challenges: Ecology, Health and Migration (15 credits) Geopolitics & Rising Powers (15 credits) Conflict, Security & Justice (15 credits) Law, Ethics & Human Rights (15 credits) Introduction to Critical Methodologies (15 credits) Critical Engagement with Literature (15 credits) MA students can choose to take the following four modules (there’s an opportunity to switch some modules for our International Affairs modules* if that suits your interests): Global Challenges: Ecology, Health and Migration(15 credits) Geopolitics & Rising Powers (15 credits) Conflict, Security & Justice (15 credits) Law, Ethics & Human Rights (15 credits) *Optional International Affairs modules: Cyber Security in the Information Age (15 credits) Understanding Deterrence in Theory & Practice (15 credits) International Political Economy (15 credits) Proxy Wars & Hybrid Wars (15 credits) Women, Peace & Security (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

    From NGOs to media to government, the field of global security is vast, offering exciting and challenging careers for those who wish to pursue them. Whether you’re just starting or you’re taking the next leap in your career, this online Global Security Master’s will help you get you there.

    Career paths may include roles in Civil Service, NGOs, local or national government, armed forces, ministries of foreign affairs and development, policy think tanks, or private sector organisations such as risk assessment companies. It may also be suitable for journalists or parliamentary advisers reporting on global security challenges.

    Tuition Fees

    Your fees will be charged per module as you progress through the course. From September 2022 onwards, modules will be charged at £1,470 per module.

    The number of modules you take will be determined by your chosen award as outlined below:

    • Postgraduate Certificate: 4 modules (£5,880)
    • Postgraduate Diploma: 8 modules (£11,760)
    • Master of Arts: 12 modules (£17,640)

    Tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase (capped at 5%) each academic year in line with King's College London's terms and conditions. Each increase comes into effect in September of each year.  

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course, you’ll be required to pay for your first module upfront, as a non-refundable deposit, to secure your place. This payment will be credited towards your total fee payment. Please note that a standard 14-day cooling off period will apply from the point of initial payment for your first module. Any subsequent payments are not subject to additional cooling off periods.

    The deposit cost for this course is the cost of one module (£1,470) plus a non-refundable application fee of £75. 

    Student fees for the programme will be billed on a modular basis. Students are billed three weeks prior to the first day of teaching, with the due date being two weeks later (one week before teaching). If you no longer wish to study a module, you can take a break from your studies up until one week prior to the module starting. If payment has been made, the money will remain on your account as credit until you return.

    If you’ve registered for a PG Dip or PG Cert qualification but decide you wish to upgrade to a higher award, you’ll need to speak to your enrolment advisor. If you choose to upgrade your programme, you'll enter a new cooling off period from the date of payment for your next module on the upgraded award.  Any subsequent payments following this next module payment are not subject to additional cooling off periods.  

    Additional costs

    You’ll need access to a computer or tablet in order to complete the programme. Although KEATS is optimised for mobile, a desktop computer may be necessary for some parts of the course.

    We recommend using the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Microsoft Edge; full functionality cannot be guaranteed in older or less commonly used browsers.

    You’ll require access to a high-speed internet connection (4Mbps minimum).

    We’ll endeavour to make as much study material as possible available online, but you may also need to purchase some books during your studies.

    This is an online course, and you’re not expected to go to campus, but should you wish to do so, there are some additional fees to pay for:

    • Books, eBooks or articles (if you choose to buy your own copies)
    • King’s campus Library fees and fines
    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
    • Graduation costs 

    Funding

    This unique Global Security MA is underpinned by the theoretical and conceptual understanding needed to situate and rationalise these security issues and threats. Covering a diverse range of topics, you can expect to learn about strategic competition, nuclear proliferation, global responses to terrorism, climate change and pandemics. You’ll also explore the human impact of security challenges, such as inequalities, human rights and global justice. You’ll look at security from both an individual and state-level perspective, digging into the threats faced by humanity. As you discuss theoretical concepts, such as realism and critical approaches to security studies, you’ll also build a diverse range of practical skills ready to apply to real-world scenarios. There are six intake dates for this programme: January, March, May, June, September, and October

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    The programme is delivered entirely online. There are video lectures, coursework, including critical appraisal of published work, essays and abstracts, and self-directed learning activities. To build practical experience, we’ll use a diverse range of exercises and assessments, such as writing mock policy papers, analytical reports, debates and podcasts. The teaching features interactive elements including gameplay exploring the winners and losers in applying different approaches to making security choices.

    The programme is flexible, and three levels of postgraduate qualification are offered:

    • Achieve a postgraduate certificate after completing 60 credits, a postgraduate diploma after 120 credits and a master’s degree after completing all 180 credits.
    • Complete the four foundation modules to earn your PG Cert.
    • Complete the four foundation modules and four of the optional modules to earn your PG Dip.
    • Complete four foundation modules, four optional modules, the two research modules and your dissertation to earn your MA. 

    There are six intake dates for this programme: September 2022, October 2022, January 2023, March 2023, May 2023, and June 2023.

    Why study with King’s?

    • Learn from high-profile academics in the field of security.
    • Harness expertise from a unique course collaboration across different departments in the School of Security Studies, including the Department of War Studies & the Defence Studies Department.
    • The course is delivered by the Faculty of Social Sciences & Public Policy, ranked 9th in the UK for social sciences (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2021).
    • Follow in the footsteps of fellow graduates from the School of Security Studies who’ve gone onto a range of careers, including being appointed to US President Joe Biden’s government.

    Benefits of online learning

    • Discuss and collaborate with fellow students from across the world, all with varied professional backgrounds and experience.
    • Six annual entry points mean you can begin study when it’s convenient for you.
    • You’ll benefit from outstanding support and teaching from the comfort of your home.
    • Benefit from a teaching environment where you'll experience close instructor interaction and collaboration with a global network of like-minded students and professionals. 

    Assessment

      You’ll be assessed using both formative and summative methods. Formative assessments are provided informally, through verbal feedback from tutors on your contributions in online seminars and unassessed presentations.

      Summative assessments are designed to evaluate and provide feedback on coursework assignments submitted formally as a requirement for completing each module. Coursework varies from module to module and may include written coursework essays, oral presentations, annotated bibliographies, creative responses, consultancy pieces, research proposals, dissertations, and research projects. These are designed to provide you with opportunities to develop and demonstrate the extent of your in-depth knowledge and understanding of specific topics related to global security.

      Structure

      Required modules

      You’re required to take the following four modules for the PG Cert, PG Dip and MA programmes: Security Studies Theories & Approaches (15 credits) Security Structures & Processes (15 credits) Human Security: Intersections & Inequalities (15 credits) Science & Security (15 credits) MA students are also required to take the following three modules: Introduction to Critical Methodologies (15 credits) Critical Engagement with Literature (15 credits) Dissertation (30 credits)

      Optional modules

      PG Dip students can choose to take four of the following modules (there’s an opportunity to switch some modules for our International Affairs modules* if that suits your interests): Global Challenges: Ecology, Health and Migration (15 credits) Geopolitics & Rising Powers (15 credits) Conflict, Security & Justice (15 credits) Law, Ethics & Human Rights (15 credits) Introduction to Critical Methodologies (15 credits) Critical Engagement with Literature (15 credits) MA students can choose to take the following four modules (there’s an opportunity to switch some modules for our International Affairs modules* if that suits your interests): Global Challenges: Ecology, Health and Migration(15 credits) Geopolitics & Rising Powers (15 credits) Conflict, Security & Justice (15 credits) Law, Ethics & Human Rights (15 credits) *Optional International Affairs modules: Cyber Security in the Information Age (15 credits) Understanding Deterrence in Theory & Practice (15 credits) International Political Economy (15 credits) Proxy Wars & Hybrid Wars (15 credits) Women, Peace & Security (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

      From NGOs to media to government, the field of global security is vast, offering exciting and challenging careers for those who wish to pursue them. Whether you’re just starting or you’re taking the next leap in your career, this online Global Security Master’s will help you get you there.

      Career paths may include roles in Civil Service, NGOs, local or national government, armed forces, ministries of foreign affairs and development, policy think tanks, or private sector organisations such as risk assessment companies. It may also be suitable for journalists or parliamentary advisers reporting on global security challenges.

      Tuition Fees

      Your fees will be charged per module as you progress through the course. From September 2022 onwards, modules will be charged at £1,470 per module.

      The number of modules you take will be determined by your chosen award as outlined below:

      • Postgraduate Certificate: 4 modules (£5,880)
      • Postgraduate Diploma: 8 modules (£11,760)
      • Master of Arts: 12 modules (£17,640)

      Tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase (capped at 5%) each academic year in line with King's College London's terms and conditions. Each increase comes into effect in September of each year.  

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course, you’ll be required to pay for your first module upfront, as a non-refundable deposit, to secure your place. This payment will be credited towards your total fee payment. Please note that a standard 14-day cooling off period will apply from the point of initial payment for your first module. Any subsequent payments are not subject to additional cooling off periods.

      The deposit cost for this course is the cost of one module (£1,470) plus a non-refundable application fee of £75. 

      Student fees for the programme will be billed on a modular basis. Students are billed three weeks prior to the first day of teaching, with the due date being two weeks later (one week before teaching). If you no longer wish to study a module, you can take a break from your studies up until one week prior to the module starting. If payment has been made, the money will remain on your account as credit until you return.

      If you’ve registered for a PG Dip or PG Cert qualification but decide you wish to upgrade to a higher award, you’ll need to speak to your enrolment advisor. If you choose to upgrade your programme, you'll enter a new cooling off period from the date of payment for your next module on the upgraded award.  Any subsequent payments following this next module payment are not subject to additional cooling off periods.  

      Additional costs

      You’ll need access to a computer or tablet in order to complete the programme. Although KEATS is optimised for mobile, a desktop computer may be necessary for some parts of the course.

      We recommend using the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Microsoft Edge; full functionality cannot be guaranteed in older or less commonly used browsers.

      You’ll require access to a high-speed internet connection (4Mbps minimum).

      We’ll endeavour to make as much study material as possible available online, but you may also need to purchase some books during your studies.

      This is an online course, and you’re not expected to go to campus, but should you wish to do so, there are some additional fees to pay for:

      • Books, eBooks or articles (if you choose to buy your own copies)
      • King’s campus Library fees and fines
      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
      • Graduation costs 

      Funding

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