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Double Masters in Asian & International Affairs MA

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Our Double Masters in Asian & International Affairs will give you an in-depth knowledge of the politics and economics of Asia, and its position in the wider world. In the programme, you will develop an advanced understanding of societies in Asia, and you will explore how their shifting relations with the US and the EU are currently transforming international politics and the global economy. You will study at two world-leading institutions: Renmin University of China, where you will benefit from its expertise on China and Asia; and King’s College London, where you will benefit from our expertise in international affairs.

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Key benefits

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of inter-regional dynamics that are transforming Asia and the wider world.
  • Gain a sensitivity to social, cultural and political differences that are greatly valued by employers.
  • Study at two of the world's most prestigious universities, in two of the world's most dynamic cities (one year in Beijing, one year in London). King’s College London is ranked 15th in the world, and 5th in Europe, for the study of politics and international relations by the 2020 QS World University Rankings, and Renmin University is ranked 4th in China for the same subject area.
  • Learn from world-leading scholars who contributed greatly to King’s College London being ranked first in the United Kingdom for research power in the field of politics and international relations in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
  • Possibility of learning Chinese contributes to employability.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 2 years FT, one year China, one year London

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 210/ECTS 105

Course leaders

Dr Thomas Purcell

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate 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 and Renmin University of China

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of European & International Studies



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The EU is the largest economic block in the world and Asia is the fastest-growing region. This course will equip you with the required knowledge about the two regions to work in either of them or in international institutions. You will have the opportunity to study and understand a variety of political, economic and societal topics and to gain specialised knowledge on two topics of your choice and develop advanced research skills through two research dissertations – one for Renmin University of China and one for King’s.

Renmin University of China (RUC) is a leading research university focusing on humanities and social sciences. According to the China Ministry of Education, Renmin is ranked first for the study of political science, public administration, economics, law, statistics, business administration and sociology. The School of International Studies (SIS) is one of the earliest institutes to engage in the teaching and research of political science and international affairs in China. Because of this, the School has established strong academic traditions and accumulated invaluable historical experience, making it a leading and influential teaching and research base in the fields of political science and international studies in China.

King’s is one of the top universities in the world, as well as one of the most recognised institutions for the study of politics, political economy and international relations. Our academics are internationally renowned and regularly publish in major journals in the fields of politics and political economy, international relations and international political economy and foreign policy and security. Hence our Department is an excellent place to study contemporary international affairs.

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Course format and assessment


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. 

You will have regular contact with our staff, who are world-leading experts in their fields, through lectures, seminars and supervision. 



Lectures, seminars and feedback 


Students are expected to successfully complete 32 RUC credits 

As required by Renmin 

6-8 hours per week 

34 hours per week 

For Renmin University of China, one credit equates to 18 class hours.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work at King’s. 


You are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations and may typically expect assessment by: 









Year 2: The majority of European and International Studies modules are assessed coursework rather a final unseen written examination; other optional modules may differ. The dissertation module is assessed by a 10,000-word essay. 

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.



Year 1

Year 1 

International Relations MA, Renmin University of China

You will normally take modules totaling 32 RUC credits and transfer 4 of them to your Year 2 at King’s College.

Required Modules

 You are required to complete and pass:

  • 12,000 word dissertation in English or Chinese

You are also required to take 25 RUC credits from a range of 2,3 or 4 credit modules:

  • Contemporary Chinese Politics (3 credits)
  • Asia-Pacific Security and Strategy (4 credits)
  • Basic Chinese Language (4 credits)
  • Asia-Pacific Energy Cooperation (4 credits)
  • Theories of International Relations (2 credits)
  • Nations and Nationalism in East Asia (3 credits)
  • Contemporary Chinese History and Culture (3 credits)
  • Academic Writing (2 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 7 RUC credits from a range of 2, 3 or 4 credit optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Contemporary Chinese Foreign Policy (3 credits)
  • Contemporary Chinese Society (3 Credits)
  • Key Issues and Institutions of Modern-Day China – Lecture Series & Visits (2 Credits)
  • Research Methods for Social Sciences (3 Credits)
  • Methodologies in China Studies (3 Credits)
  • Contemporary Sino-European International Relations (2 Credits)
  • Development Studies and International Studies: Strangers or Colleagues? (2 Credits)
  • The Political Economy of China and Developing Countries Relations (2 Credits)
  • Sino-US Relations (2 Credits)
  • Investment in China (2 Credits)
  • China in an Uneven International System: Between “Developing” and “Developed” Worlds (2 Credits)
  • Historical Sociology of International Relations (2 Credits)
  • Intermediate / Advanced Chinese Language (2 Credits)

You may also take extra optional modules from the School of International Studies at Renmin or can audit any course offered by Renmin University (both in English and Chinese).

Year 2

Required Modules

Asian and International Affairs MA, King’s College London

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 210 credits (180 King’s credits and 4 RUC credits which equate to an additional 30 King’s credits).

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Global Politics: Transatlantic, Transpacific and Eurasia (15 credits) 
  • Research Design and Methods (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 90 credits from a range of modules, which may typically include:

  • European Identities and the EU (15 credits) 
  • Foreign Policies of the European Union (15 credits)
  • European Union: History, Institutions, Politics (15 credits)
  • The Political Economy of International Migration (15 credits)
  • Lobbying and Policy Making in the EU (15 credits) 
  • International Political Economy of Energy Markets (15 credits) 
  • Political Economy of Europe: Political Science Perspectives (15 credits) 
  • Research Methods for Social Sciences (15 credits) 
  • The International Political Economy of Production (15 credits)
  • The Middle East in the Global Political Economy (15 credits)  
  • Global Governance and International Organisations (15 credits) 
  • The Political Economy of The Financial Crisis (15 credits) 
  • The Politics of Economic Inequality (15 credits)
  • Clandestine side of Globalisation: Organised Crime, Terrorism and Corruption (15 credits)
  • Political Economy of Korean and East Asian Development (15 credits)
  • East Asia in the Global Political Economy (15 credits)
  • East Asian and Western Models of Capitalism (15 credits) 
  • Lived Democracy (15 credits)
  • Postcolonial Political Economy (15 credits)
  • Rule of Law: Culture, Society and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa (15 credits)
  • Multinational Corporations and Global Supply Chains (15 credits)
  • Evaluating Public Policy (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy]
  • The Politics of Regulation (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • The Political Economy of Corruption (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Gender Politics and Public Policy (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • The New Political Economy of the Media (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Business and Politics (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Comparative Political Economy (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Quantitative Methods in Political Economy (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy]
  • Institutions and Economic Development (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Formal Political Economics (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Political Economy of Discrimination (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Britain & Europe Since 1945 (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Anglo-American Relations Since 1945 (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Islam, Politics and Society (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Political Economy of Authoritarianism in the Middle East (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • Contemporary Brazil (15 credits) [King’s Brazil Institute] 
  • China and the Age of Globalisation (15 credits) [Lau China Institute] 
  • Contemporary Chinese Politics (15 credits) [Lau China Institute] 
  • Doing Business in China (15 credits) [Lau China Institute] 
  • China's International Relations (15 credits) [Lau China Institute]
  • Contemporary Chinese Society: Change and Transformation (15 credits) [Lau China Institute] 
  • Government and Governance in Contemporary China (15 credits) [Lau China Institute] 
  • China and Global Governance (15 credits) [Lau China Institute] 
  • Gender, Society and Development (15 credits) [Department of International Development] 
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods for Causal Inference (15 credits) [Department of International Development]
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods (15 credits) [Department of International Development] 
  • Industrial Economics and International Development (15 credits) [Department of International Development] 
  • Global Labour and Development (15 credits) [Department of International Development] 
  • Climate Change and Sustainability in Emerging Economies (15 credits) [Department of International Development]
  • Contemporary India, State, Society and Economy Since 1947 (15 credits) [King’s India Institute]
  • India in Global Politics (15 credits) [King’s India Institute]]
  • Religion and Politics in India and Pakistan (15 credits) [King’s India Institute] 
  • Contemporary Russian Politics and Policy (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute] 
  • Oil, Gas and Modernization in Russia (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute] 
  • Politics of Energy Security in Eurasia (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute]
  • Governance and Economic Growth in Transition (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute] 
  • Power and Social Conflict (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute] 
  • New and emerging security threats in post-Soviet Eurasia (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute]
  • Russia and the European Union (15 credits) [Kings Russia Institute]

You may also continue taking Chinese language classes at King’s Modern Language Centre. 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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Double Masters Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements  2:1

Bachelors degree with 2.1 honours in a relevant subject area. 

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. 

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements. 


Application procedure

All interested students should apply through King's online application system apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies. Applications will be examined and offers will be made by a joint admissions board comprising academic staff from both King's and Renmin. Please note that the closing date for Renmin University is May 20th, so it will not be possible to be considered for this programme after this date.

Students holding Chinese nationality should contact Renmin directly before applying through King's online system by May 20th. Chinese nationals will have to complete the National Entrance Examination for Postgraduate Students in China, per People's Republic of China Ministry of Education regulations. Renmin's contact details are as follows:
Ms Pan Haiyan
Ph: +86 10 6251 0626
E-mail: panhaiyan@ruc.edu.cn
Room 816B, Mingde International Building, School of International Studies, Renmin University of China, 59 Zhongguancun Street, Haidian, Beijing, China, 100872

Personal statement and supporting information

In the personal statement, students should outline likely dissertation topics, and try to provide a breakdown of the courses/modules studied at undergraduate level. They should also explain fully their motivation for applying to the Double Masters in Asian & European Affairs, and how they believe it will contribute to their own intellectual and professional development.

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Personal Statement  Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.
For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £12,900 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £21,630 per year (2021/22)

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 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/expenses

If you are studying abroad at a non-partner university, you should expect to pay tuition fees to the host university as well as King’s.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

In addition to your tuition fees, 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 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Recent graduates from our department have gone on to prestigious positions, including in UK government departments such as the Foreign Office, Department for International Development, Department for International Trade, and the Treasury; global governance bodies such as the World Bank, United Nations, the World Federation of Exchanges, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the African Development Bank and the International Telecommunication Union; major business media organisations such as Argus and Bloomberg, major financial institutions such as Citi, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and HSBC; research and consultancy firms such as McKinsey & Co, Ipsos and the Boston Consulting Group; and lobbying groups within the European Union and beyond. Overall our graduates have embarked on highly successful careers in the public, private and third sector in the United Kingdom, the European continent, as well as in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Career destinations

Students undertaking this course would be ideally placed to work in the public sector, in government and international organisations, particularly in departments working on European and/or Asian issues. Graduates would be well placed to gain roles in journalism, consultancy and think tanks in the private sector.


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