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Global Affairs MSc

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The world is changing fast. It is clear that the centre of global gravity has shifted – crises and political change within Europe and North America, as well as the rise and reassertion of non-western countries, regions and rising powers – have changed the world we live in in far-reaching ways. But the future is wide open for definition.

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. It provides the opportunity to study China, India, Russia, Brazil, the Middle East and Africa; to understand both the larger countries as well as the regions within which they are situated.  


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.
  • The School of Global Affairs is offering one Master’s Award of £9,900 for 2019/20 entry to a full-time student. 
  • You will develop an in-depth and multidisciplinary 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 Open

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

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Course leaders

Thibaud Marcesse  

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

Description

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 format and assessment

Teaching

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

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

  • Most 20-credit modules are assessed through a combination of essays (2,000-4,000 words), 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 (6,000 words) and an individual action appeal (selection of written and oral formats). 

Structure

Year 1

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

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

or

  • 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, Effective Communications for Policymakers, Learning what Works (Evaluation), and Robust Decision-Making under Deep Uncertainty (total: capstone project plus four online modules = 60 credits)

 

Optional Modules

In addition, students take 60 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Indian Foreign & Security Policy (20 credits)
  • India’s Political Economy (20 credits)
  • Religion & Politics in India and Pakistan (20 credits)
  • China & Global Governance (20 credits)
  • Economic Policies & Development in Contemporary China (20 credits)
  • Politics of Energy Security in Eurasia (20 credits)
  • Power & Social Conflict in Russia (20 credits)
  • Development, Democracy & Human Rights in Brazil (20 credits)
  • Globalisation, Development & the Americas (20 credits)
  • Political Ecology, Environment & Brazil (20 credits)
  • Divided Cities, Contested States: Urban Violence & Transformation in the Middle East (20 credits)
  • A History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (20 credits)
  • Culture & Society in the Middle East & North Africa (20 credits)
  • The State & Development in Africa & Asia (20 credits)
  • Emerging Powers in Global Leadership (20 credits)
  • Global Health & Environment (20 credits)
  • Many other modules offered by the African Leadership Centre, Brazil, China, India, Middle East, Russia Institutes and the School of Global Affairs
  • Language modules offered by the Modern Language Centre (which may include Arabic, Hindi, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian). Language modules can also be taken for additional credit (20 credits)

 

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 apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 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 of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
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 Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
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 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.

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/EU fees: £9,990 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £21,300 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,995 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £10,650 per year (2019/20)

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.

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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week 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.

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