Students will learn about historical arms control challenges, such as negotiation of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, along with contemporary arms control issues as they relate to international security, to include the Iran Nuclear Deal, U.S.-Russia arms control, and disarmament verification. Along with subject matter expertise, students will develop transferable analytic and research skills in a dynamic and rigorous intellectual environment.
Students will have the opportunity to meet arms control practitioners, negotiators, and inspectors. The course is particularly unique in combining history and theory with practical issues, skills development, and contemporary weapon of mass destruction policy.
The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.
Application status Open
Duration 1 year Full time, September to September; 2 year Part Time
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180
Course leaders Professor Wyn Bowen and Dr Heather Williams
Course contact for further information Course contact for further informationPostgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Course contact for further informationPostgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions
Awarding institution King's College London
Defence Studies Department
Department of War Studies
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Per 20-credit required module:
For your lectures, seminars and feedback, you will have week-long intensive session consisting of 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars. In addition you will have 180 hours of self-study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Per 20-credit and some required optional modules:
For your lectures, seminars and feedback, you will typically have two hours per week over two 10-week terms. This can be split into one lecture + one seminar or combinations thereof. You will also have 180 hours of self-study.
Per 40-credit optional module:
For your lectures, seminars and feedback, you will typically have two hours per week over two 10-week terms per 40-credit optional module. This can be split into one lecture + one seminar or combinations thereof, as well as 360 hours of self-study.
You will have 12 hours of training workshops/supervision to complement the 588 hours of self-study.
Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected. The primary method of assessment for this course is:
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 onour website for updates.
If you are studying the MA you are required to take all of the following modules. If you are taking the PG Dip you are required to take the following taught modules (but not the dissertation) plus 60 credits of optional modules. If you are taking the PG Cert you are required to take the 60 credits of taught modules as listed below only (but not the dissertation):
If you are taking the part time course you will typically take the required 60-credit taught modules in Year 1. You will then take 60 credits of optional modules and a 60 credit dissertation in Year 2
Undergraduate degree with high 2:1 honours (i.e. overall average of at least 65% across all years of study) in a social science or other related subject.
In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum high 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 65% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 65% or above in the UK marking scheme.
Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.
All applications are assessed by a committee of academic tutors. This process takes on average eight weeks.
Please provide a personal statement explaining why you are interested in this particular programme, and outlining any relevant experience you have. If there are any anomalies in your academic record, please use the personal statement to explain related extenuating circumstances.
You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:
We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019. Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.
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Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.
These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
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/EU deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
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.
In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:
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