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Strategic Communications MA/PG Cert/ PG Dip

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You will learn how states and their governments communicate in international politics and how they shape long term strategies in a range of fields from military to diplomatic to aid and development. This includes preparing for conflict between states or with insurgent groups, communicating a path during hostilities, transitioning through post-conflict situations and also how states use diplomacy, culture and economics to manage the peace and avoid conflict and engage in treaty and trade negotiations. You will also encounter crisis communications: how to shape strategic responses to natural disasters, terror attacks, and military invasions. To appreciate this complex field from multiple perspectives, students will further discover how insurgent and revolutionary movements think about and put into practice their communications strategies with populations and states.

Along with subject matter expertise, students will develop transferable analytic, research and practical skills in a dynamic and rigorous intellectual environment.

The course is associated with the King's Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC) - a global network of government agencies, media and marketing companies, and alumni. 


Key Benefits

  • War Studies is a multidisciplinary department devoted to the study of all aspects of war and conflict and the broad remit of international relations. In the 21st century we need to understand how states and insurgent movements communicate their policies and ideas in these dynamic contexts.
  • Develop skills for in-depth analytical and critical thinking about international politics. Work with the latest, cutting-edge research in your field.
  • Contribute to a vibrant research community. Our world-renowned staff and an international student body come from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds.
  • Work with some of the world’s best academics in your field. Our Department staff publish world-leading research and offer outstanding research-led teaching and training.
  • Work with some of the world’s leading practitioners from governments, international organisations, and strategic communications agencies. We teach not only how to think about strategic communications but how to do it.
  • Build networks. Connect with visiting academics, government ministers, diplomats, soldiers, aid and trade leaders, and journalists who regularly lecture and deliver our seminars.
  • Grow your networks with employers, think-tanks, organisations, policymaking bodies in the UK and globally.
  • Enjoy living and studying right in the heart of London beside the River Thames.

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 leaders Dr Neville Bolt

Further details

Course contact for further information

 Dr Neville Bolt

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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MA Strategic Communications

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MA Strategic Communications at King’s examines the fascinating role of communications in contemporary politics, corporate leadership, foreign policy and international development.

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Course detail

Description

The aim of this course is to enhance your knowledge of national and geopolitics today seen through the lens of strategic communications. 

The course is available to both full- and part-time students, and is available as an MA, Postgraduate Diploma, or Postgraduate Certificate. 

The MA course comprises modules that total 180 credits. You will take two required modules - Theory & Concepts, and the practical Applied Strategic Communications. Each is worth 40 credits. You will take a further 40 credits of optional modules. This can be made up of a single 40 credit module or two 20 credit modules. MA students are also required to write a 15,000-word research dissertation on a topic of Strategic Communications (60 credits).

Course format and assessment

Teaching

Per 40-credit required module, you will typically receive two hours per week over two ten week terms. This can be split into one lecture and one seminar or combinations thereof or one lecture followed by a case study. In addition to this you can expect 360 hours of self-study. 

Per 20-credit module optional module, you will typically receive  two hours per week over one ten week term. This can be split into one lecture and one seminar or combinations thereof. A few options are formatted to run as intensive weekend sessions. In addition to this you can expect 180 hours of self-study. 

Per 40-credit optional module, you will typically receive two hours per week over two ten week terms. This can be split into one lecture and one seminar or one lecture and one case study or combinations thereof. Some options are formatted to run as intensive weekend sessions. In addition to this you can expect 360 hours of self-study. 

For the Dissertation module, you will typically receive 12 hours worth of traning workshops and/or supervision. In addition to this you can expect 588 hours of self-study. 

Typically 1 credit equals 10 hours of work.

 

Assessments 

Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected. The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of essays, project work, class participation, and/or exams. The dissertation module assessment will be assessed solely on the dissertation (100%).

 

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules.

If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying for part-time, your course will take two years to complete. You will take modules totalling 180 credits.

For the Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Communications, you will take taught modules totalling 120 credits.

For the Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Communications, you will take taught modules totalling 60 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-todate innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on this course page for updates.

Required Modules

MA Pathway:

You are required to take the following modules:

If you are a part time student, you are required to take the Strategic Communications: Theory & Concepts and Applied Strategic Communications modules during Year 1, and your Dissertation in Year 2.

 

Postgraduate Diploma Pathway:

You are required to take the following modules:

 

Postgraduate Certificate Pathway:

You are required to take one of the following modules:

 

 

Optional Modules

MA Pathway:

You are also required to take 40 credits of optional modules. If you are a part time student, you will take your optional modules during Year 2.

Optional modules may typically include:

  • Audience Behaviour & Influence module (20 credits)
  • Political Marketing in the Digital Age module (20 credits)
  • Or you can choose 40 credits from a list of other War Studies options

 

Postgraduate Diploma Pathway:

In addition to the required modules, you will take optional modules worth 40 credits.

 

Postgraduate Certificate Pathway:

In addition to the required module, you will take��one 20 credit optional module.

 

 

Entry requirements & how to apply

Strategic Communications Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements

High 2:1

(65%)

Undergraduate degree with high 2:1 honours (i.e. overall average of at least 65% across all years of study) 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 apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

All applications are assessed by a committee of academic tutors. We aim to process all complete applications within four weeks; during February and March and over holiday periods, applications may take longer to process.

Please note that as part of the evaluation of your application you may be required to undertake a Skype interview.

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 A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. 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.
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 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

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: MA: £12,300 per year (2019/20); PG Dip: £8,200 per year (2019/20); PG Cert: £4,100 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: MA: £25,500 per year (2019/20); PG Dip: £17,000 per year (2019/20); PG Cert: £8,500 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: MA: £6,150 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: MA: £12,750 per year (2019/20)

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.

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 on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week 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

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 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

 

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

Three students joined the UK Cabinet Office as Strategic Communicators and eight students became interns at NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, Latvia. Several interned with Communications companies in London. 

This new MA course equips students to think conceptually about Strategic Communications in the dynamic world of global affairs, then how to apply particular practices and techniques to working in the field.

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