Our course will enable you to examine the origins, nature, processes, roles and case studies of intelligence and their interaction with developments in international security. In examining the trends that continue to shape intelligence and international security in the 21st century our course offers a unique multidisciplinary approach based on the strengths of the department. We aim to provide a framework in which to understand the nature and role of intelligence in its relationship to wider issues in war and international security; an understanding of the processes, practices and institutions that have characterised intelligence in the modern era; an understanding of the problems connected with intelligence collection,assessment and ability to predict events in world affairs; and an appreciation of the particular ethical and political concerns generated by intelligence.
This MA is based in the Department of War Studies, one of the only academic departments in the world to focus solely on the complexities of conflict and security. War Studies is an multidisciplinary department and all War Studies students benefit from research-led teaching in such subjects as the history and evolution of war and grand strategy, arms control and non-proliferation, migration, strategic thought, cyber, conflict and the environment, the influence of science and technology on international security, along with regional specialisms covering Africa, Asia (East and South), Russia and elsewhere.
The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic workload might look like as you progress through your studies:
| Module||Lectures, seminars and feedback ||Self-study |
| Per 30-credit module
40 hours of teaching. Typically, 2 hours per week over two 10 week terms. This can be split into lectures and seminars. A 15 credit module will be half of this.
| 260 hours.
| Dissertation module (60 credits)
|| Up to 12 hours of online guidance, training workshops and personal supervision.
|| 588 hours for dissertation.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours work.
The primary methods of assessment for this course are assessed essays, individual and group presentations, seminar participation, exercises, and/or exams.
The dissertation module assessment will be based on a 100% dissertation assignment (up to 12,000 words).
This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand and Waterloo Campuses.
Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary. 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.
King's College London is regulated by the Office for Students.