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.
Application status Open
Duration full-time: One year, part-time: two years
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Course leaders Thibaud Marcesse
Course contact for further information Tel +44 (0)20 7836 5454
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions
Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
African Leadership Centre
Lau China Institute
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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 method of assessment for this course is:
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.
You are required to take the following modules:
In addition, students take 60 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:
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.
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.
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.
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 your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:
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.
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