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International Relations MA

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Our International Relations MA is an opportunity to explore in depth, amongst others, the topics of globalisation, ethics and human rights, the international political economy, war, political violence and security through the contending perspectives of politics and international relations, philosophy and social theory. You will be taught by world leading experts, who will help you to develop the skills to undertake an extended research project on a topic of your choice.

 


Key benefits

  • Unique opportunity to study in a multidisciplinary department devoted to the study of all aspects of war and conflict and the broad remit of international relations.

  • Develop skills of in-depth and critical analysis of international politics, and become familiar with the latest, cutting-edge research in the discipline.

  • Be part of a vibrant research community, world-renowned staff and an international student body who are drawn from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds.

  • You will be taught by some of the very best academics in the field. Our Department staff publish world-leading research and are committed to offering outstanding research-led teaching and training.

  • A focus on conceptual, methodological and analytical issues.

  • A chance to network and connect with visiting academics, government ministers, diplomats and other experts who give regular public lectures and seminars.

  • We have an extensive and continually growing network of links with other departments, think-tanks, organisations, policymaking bodies and institutions both in the UK and abroad.

  • Our unrivalled location in the heart of London beside the River Thames brings outstanding advantages. 

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT / Two years PT, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180 / ECTS 90

Course intake 60-85 FT and PT

Course leaders

Prof Mervyn Frost

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/about/people

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
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fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of War Studies

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Course detail

Description

Our International Relations MA will provide you with an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the forces shaping the world and of the challenges that they pose both to individual states and to the international community. The movement of money and peoples, the emergence of network organisations that transcend state boundaries, the impact of a global media and information technology, the rise of identity politics, regional integration, as well as warfare on a global scale, have all had a transformative impact on the state, inter-state relations and global politics.

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 interdisciplinary 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.

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Course format and assessment

Teaching

The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic workload might look like as you progress through your studies:

 
ModuleLectures, seminars and feedbackSelf-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, and flexible delivery teaching options available. A 15-credit module will be half 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 of work.

The Primary Methods of Assessment for this course are assessed essays, individual and group presentaitons, exercises, and/or exams.

The dissertation module assessment will be based on a 100% dissertation assignment (up to 12,000 words).

Location:

The modules are primarily taught at the King’s College London, Strand and Waterloo Campuses with options of learning online and flexibly. 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.

Regulating Body 

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

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. Optional modules are therefore only made accessible to enrolled students during the module allocation process.

Required Modules
You are required to take the following modules:

As a part-time student, Over the two years you will take modules totaling 180 credits. In your first year, you will take Theories, Concepts & Methods in International Relations and students typically take 30 credits (or up to 60 credits) from a range of optional modules. In your second year you will write your dissertation (60 credits), and make up remaining credits from optional modules.

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 90 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • War & Insurgency in the Middle East since 1945 (30 credits)
  • Ethics in International Relations (15 credits)
  • Transdisciplinary approaches to (In)Security (30 credits)
  • Transitional Justice And International Criminal Law (15 credits)
  • Power-Sharing Agreements in Deeply Divided Societies (15 Credits)
  • Diplomacy & Foreign Policy (30 credits)

Or choose from a range of optional modules available within the Department of War Studies. Please Note: the optional modules available change each year and are therefore only made accessible to enrolled students during the module allocation process. Residential students also have the flexibility to take online modules.

Online optional modules may typically include:

  • African Security (15 credits)
  • Air Power Studies 1: The Quest to Remove Battle from War (15 credits)
  • Air Power Studies 2: Case Studies of Integrated Air Power (15 credits)
  • Conflict in Russia & the Post-Soviet Space (15 credits)
  • Conflict, Rights and Justice (15 credits)
  • History of Contemporary Warfare 1: The Early Cold War, 1945–1975 (15 credits)
  • History of Contemporary Warfare 2: from Cold War to War on Terror, 1975–2011 (15 credits)
  • Insurgency & Counter-insurgency (15 credits)
  • Intelligence in War & Peace (15 credits)
  • International Law & the Use of Force (15 credits)
  • International Relations & Contemporary War 1: Theories & Concepts (15 credits)
  • International Relations & Contemporary War 2: Problems & Issues (15 credits)
  • Middle Eastern Security (15 credits)
  • Sea Power (15 credits)
  • South Asian Security (15 credits)
  • Strategic Dimensions of Contemporary Warfare (15 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 updates.

 

Entry requirements & how to apply

IR Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements

High 2:1

(67%)

Undergraduate degree with high 2:1 honours (i.e. overall average of at least 67% across all years of study) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum high 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 67% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 67% 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 £70 applies. All applications are assessed by a committee of academic tutors. This process takes on average eight weeks.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please provide a personal statement explaining why you are interested in this particular programme, and outlining any relevant experience you have. If there are any anomalies in your academic record, please use the personal statement to explain related extenuating circumstances.

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 Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their 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: £14,700 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £26,550 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home fees: £7,350 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £13,275 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.

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 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/expenses

In addition to the costs above, 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 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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

War Studies Graduates go on to work for NGOs, the FCO, the MOD, the Home Office, the European Union, NATO, the UN and other international organisations or pursue careers in journalism, finance, academia, the diplomatic services, the armed forces and more. Recent posts held by our alumni include Threat Analyst, Director of Political Violence Forecasting, Research Advisor at NATO Defence College, Researcher in NGOs such as Amnesty International and Oxfam.

Testimonials

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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