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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.
Application status Open
Duration full-time: One year, part-time: two years
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Course leaders Course director: Dr Louise TillinAdmissions tutor: Dr Anastasia Piliavsky
Course director: Dr Louise TillinAdmissions tutor: Dr Anastasia Piliavsky
Course contact for further information Tel +44 (0)20 7836 5454
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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 methods of assessment for this course are:
King's College London is regulated by the Office for Students.
Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 180 credits.
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:
You are also required to take 40 credits from a range of regional introductory modules that may typically include the following:
In addition, students take 60 credits from a range of optional modules (subject to availability) that may typically include:
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.
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:
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).
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.
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 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.
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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