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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.


One scholarship opportunity for 2020/21 is available worth £9900. View more details here.

Watch our webinar to get a flavour of what Global Affairs MSc is all about, including what you'll be learning, the opportunity to study different regions, The Capstone Project as well as what this course prepares you for.

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, policy-makers and scholars in a fast-changing world.

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration full-time: One year, part-time: two years

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Course leaders

Course director: Dr Louise Tillin
Admissions tutor: Dr Anastasia Piliavsky

Further details

Course contact for further information Tel +44 (0)20 7836 5454

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department African Leadership Centre India Institute Lau China Institute



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Course detail


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.

Course purpose


Course format 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 20 credit module involves 20 hours of lectures and/or seminars, plus 180 hours of self- study to prepare for classes and assignments. The dissertation module involves 20 hours of research methods teaching (lectures/seminars), five hours of dissertation supervision and approximately 560 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 352 hours of self-guided learning.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


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

  • Most 20-credit modules are assessed through a combination of essays, 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) and a research methods assignment (2,000 words).
  • The capstone project will be assessed on the basis of a group research report (c 4,000 words per person), individual policy paper (6000 words) and an individual action appeal. 

Regulating Body

King's College London is regulated by the Office for Students. 


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totaling 180 credits.

You are required to take the following modules:

You are also required to take either:

  • Global Affairs Dissertation (60 credits)


  • Global Affairs Capstone Project (40 credits) plus 4x5 credit online modules offered by the International School for Government – these may typically include Approaches to Policy-making, Communications, Media and Public Policy, Learning what Works (Evaluation), and Robust Decision-Making under Deep Uncertainty (total: capstone project plus four online modules = 60 credits)

You are also required to take 40 credits from a range of regional introductory modules that may typically include the following:


Optional Modules

In addition, students take 60 credits from a range of optional modules (subject to availability) that may typically include:

  • Indian in Global Politics (20 credits)
  • Religion & Politics in India and Pakistan (20 credits)
  • China & Global Governance (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Chinese Politics (20 credits)
  • Politics of Energy Security in Eurasia (20 credits)
  • Power & Social Conflict in Russia (20 credits)
  • Latin America Development in Historical Perspective (20 credits)
  • Culture and Identity in Brazil: Contradictions of Modernity (20 credits)
  • Divided Cities, Contested States: Urban Violence & Transformation in the Middle East (20 credits)
  • Political Economy of Authoritarianism in the Middle East (20 credits)
  • The State & Development in Africa & Asia (20 credits)
  • Emerging Powers in Global Leadership (20 credits)
  • Environment and Global Health (20 credits)
  • Governing Complex Societies (20 credits)
  • 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, Russian). Language modules can also be taken for additional credit (20 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 update.


Entry requirements & how to apply

Minimum requirements 2:1

Minimum Upper Second (2.1) in, but not confined to, Politics, IR, Area Studies, History, Geography, Anthropology, Liberal Arts, PPE or Modern Languages.

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

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Personal statement and supporting information

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 You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

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

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: £9,990 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £22,350 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home fees: £4,995 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,175 per year (2020/21)


Students starting their programme in 2020/21 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 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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer before 1 June 2020, payment is due by 30 June 2020.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 June 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer in late August, 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

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 
  • graduation costs.

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

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.


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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