For further details about teaching from September 2020 please visit your course or department page in the Offer Holder hub.

KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico

Security, Leadership & Society MSc/PG Dip

Apply now

Our Security, Leadership & Society MSc looks at the mutually reinforcing links between security, leadership and society, especially in developing nations. Through our course you will learn to understand the huge significance of leadership processes and outcomes in security efforts in the developing world and the impacts they have on society.

 Watch our webinar to find out more about what you'll be learning, our guest lecturers as well as careers that this course equips you for.

Key benefits

• Innovative approach to the interdisciplinary study of leadership as it relates to development.
• Opportunity to network with the African Leadership Centre’s (ALC) wide range of institutional partners that include universities, international organisations, and policy research institutions from across the world; and a global network of renowned academics and practitioners
• Taught by key intellectuals and experts on leadership and development from diverse cultural backgrounds with global perspectives
• Exposure to skills in the practice of leadership including presentations of leadership case studies and translation of leadership theories into practical development ideas.
• Access to a broad selection of optional modules from across King’s, particularly our Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy.
• Flexible teaching programme, which includes an opportunity to participate in residential weekend leadership training workshops with ALC’s network of practitioners and facilitators who will expose students to a variety of global problem-solving scenarios.

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration 1 year FT, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180 / ECTS 90

Programme accreditations King's College London

Course intake No fixed number

Course leaders

Prof Funmi Olonisakin

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 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 African Leadership Centre



Explore campuses

African Leadership Centre

In the heart of London

Hear more from Dr Ekaette Ikpe about the African Leadership Centre.

Watch more videos

Course detail


Our course in Security, Leadership & Society looks at the mutually reinforcing links between these topics, especially in developing nations at national, regional and continental levels. A key aspect of this course is exploring the enormous significance of leadership processes and outcomes in security and development efforts in the developing world. We bring together the various thematic strands to look at the nature of societal leadership and its impact on security within and across developing countries and regions. We have designed this course for students who have a deep interest in understanding how societal and leadership peculiarities can influence the nature of security. Our course provides high-quality postgraduate training that builds your critical analysis skills and your independent judgement. It will appeal to you if you have an interest in debates on the interaction between leadership, peace and security globally.


Further literature

Course format and assessment


For every 20-credit module, we will provide 20 hours of lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 180 hours of independent study. For your dissertation, we will provide 10 hours of discussion time with your supervisor, and we will expect you to undertake 590 hours of independent study and project work.  Students should note that the self-study aspect of every module is extremely important: the readings given to students are a compulsory and key component on the learning experience. Typically one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

 Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Module Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
 Per 20-credit taught module  Typically 20 hours  180 hours including engaging with specially prepared course materials and self-guided learning).
 Dissertation module  10 hours discussion time with supervisor  590 hours






We assess our Leadership & Society module through one essay, an exam, group presentations and an individual presentation. We assess our 20-credit modules in different ways according to the modules, they each contain one essay and an additional component. This additional component may typically include another essay or written assignment, a presentation, or group work activity. This format may be different for modules of other departments. Your dissertation will be a 1,000-word dissertation outline and a 14,000-word piece of writing.

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


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally 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 updates.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take two modules (totalling 40 credits) from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

Please note that there are certain module choices that students on the Security, Leadership and Society MSc cannot take. These are:

  • The State and Development in Africa and Asia (20 credits)
  • Emerging Powers in Global Leadership (20 credits)

This is because these are compulsory modules for the Leadership and Development MSc programme also offered by the African Leadership Centre. These are separate and distinct programmes with specific criteria and qualifications attached to them. You are welcome to speak to the convener of these restricted modules and ask to audit them, but you cannot take them as part of your 180 credit choices.


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

Entry requirements
Minimum UK requirements 2:1 Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject.
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 and a non-refundable application fee of £65 applies.

To apply for most of our postgraduate programmes at King's you will need to complete our postgraduate online application form. A minority of programmes have a different application procedure. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.

King's does not normally accept paper copies of the postgraduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online postgraduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/school office at King's for advice.

If you have already applied to King's through our online application form you can check the status of your application by logging into myApplication.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes Please provide a personal statement of no more than 1,000 words 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.
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 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 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/EU fees: £9,990 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £22,350 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,995 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,175 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.


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 your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Course packs, which are a vital part of your learning at King's and normally contain extracts from books and other useful documents that will inform your study.
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

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

Graduates of our MSc course use the skills and knowledge that they develop to build careers in further academic research, teaching, the public and private sectors, transnational corporations, international organisations (UN, EU, AU and worldwide regional organisations) and non-governmental organisations.


Next steps

View our postgraduate guide

Learn more about postgraduate degree programmes at King's. Download our guide in PDF format.

Download guide

Sound like the course for you?

Apply now

Explore King’s

Accommodation Take a look at our comfortable, safe residences to suit your budget, located close to King's teaching campuses. 
Student life Art, food, music, shopping – you'll never find yourself with nothing to do in the world's most vibrant city.
Extra-curricular Discover the huge variety of extra-curricular opportunities at King’s, from MOOCs to language courses.
London living With four campuses by the River Thames and one in south London, King's is right in the heart of the capital.