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War Studies & History BA

UCAS code: LV91

Key information

Course type:
Joint honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
Three years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in War Studies & History is an interdepartmental course addressing key elements of war and history. You will approach the subjects from a variety of unique angles including politics, international relations, sociology and strategic studies to develop your critical analysis and independent thought processes. The comprehensive range of study options throughout the course ensures you can choose a diverse variety of modules to create an exciting programme of study.

Key benefits

  • King's is amongst the world's leading universities for the study of war and conflict.
  • Teaching is delivered by leading international experts who work in close collaboration with governments, armed forces and NGOs across the world.
  • Frequent guest lectures throughout the year by high profile international speakers.
  • Located in the heart of London, giving unparalleled access to government, the media, museums, and major libraries and research institutes.
  • We offer a dedicated focus on employability skills, assisting you to careers in defence, foreign affairs, humanitarian aid, risk analysis, journalism, and banking.
  • Outstanding flexibility, allowing you to focus on your fundamental interests of war and conflicts in addition to covering key historical events from medieval Europe to modern India.
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I chose King's College London because I wanted to study at a top university. It offers a world-class education as you are taught by renowned teachers.

Rodolphe, War Studies & History

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Our Department is located at the Strand Campus, in the heart of central London close to the seat of government, the City, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court, the Imperial War Museum and the National Maritime Museum; providing interaction between the study and practice of security and foreign policy.

Course Aims

  • In your first year, you will study a combination of required and optional modules from both areas of study.
  • In Year 2, you will need to study either Intelligence in War Studies, War in International Order or World War II in Global Perspective as part of your module choices.
  • Your final year will involve you writing a 10,000-word dissertation in either subject area.

Base campuses

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad
Optional internships

Students will be supported through innovative digital education tools to discover meaningful work experience for themselves, including internships, insight programmes, which you can undertake alongside your studies.

Find out more about internships

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
None.
Preferred subjects:
History A-Level (or equivalent) is generally expected. Applications from those without such a qualification can be considered, where the application clearly demonstrates interest in and engagement with History as an academic subject.

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

including 6,6,6 at Higher Level. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

You will also need:

GCSEs: There is no GCSE requirement for this programme.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline: January 15th 2021

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

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.

Personal tutors provide you with the opportunity to periodically take stock of your learning, academic progress and general wellbeing as you progress through your studies, offering guidance on how to seek further support if you need it, and how to access the range of opportunities available to you as a King's student.

In Year 1 and Year 2, you will spend 15% of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities and 85% of time in guided independent study. in Year 3, this will be 9% in scheduled learning and teaching activities and 91% in guided independent study. In a typical week you can expect to receive approximately eight hours of lectures and seminars.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Assessment

  • Assessed Essays
  • Written Examinations
  • Individual & Group Presentations
  • Written Dissertation

Assessment methods will depend on the modules you have selected to study. The primary methods of assessment for this course are assessed essays, written examinations, individual and group presentations and a written dissertation.

In Year 1, 30% of assessment is by written exams and 70% of assessment is coursework. In Year 2, 53% of assessment is by written exams and 47% coursework. In year 3 this is 38% by written exams and 62% coursework.

 

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits. In all three years, you will have the option to take languages modules at the MLC for additional credit (worth 15 additional credits each year).

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.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Our graduates go on to work in a range of fields including government (most commonly in Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs in the UK and abroad), academia, journalism, banking (often in emerging markets or risk analysis), research and policy think-tanks, humanitarian organisations and international organisations.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Accounts assistant, IJS Global
  • Army officer, British Army
  • Consultant, Ernst & Young
  • Creative writer, Groupon
  • Defence analyst, Vision Gain
  • Parliamentary assistant, House of Commons
  • Special constable, London Metropolitan Police
  • Trainee accountant, a legal practice

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £20,790 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad web pages for details of the relevant partner universities. King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows: • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • EU students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year. • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • EU students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, 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
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs
  • Alternative venue examination fees

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Our Department is located at the Strand Campus, in the heart of central London close to the seat of government, the City, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court, the Imperial War Museum and the National Maritime Museum; providing interaction between the study and practice of security and foreign policy.

Course Aims

  • In your first year, you will study a combination of required and optional modules from both areas of study.
  • In Year 2, you will need to study either Intelligence in War Studies, War in International Order or World War II in Global Perspective as part of your module choices.
  • Your final year will involve you writing a 10,000-word dissertation in either subject area.

Base campuses

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad
Optional internships

Students will be supported through innovative digital education tools to discover meaningful work experience for themselves, including internships, insight programmes, which you can undertake alongside your studies.

Find out more about internships

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
None.
Preferred subjects:
History A-Level (or equivalent) is generally expected. Applications from those without such a qualification can be considered, where the application clearly demonstrates interest in and engagement with History as an academic subject.

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

including 6,6,6 at Higher Level. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

You will also need:

GCSEs: There is no GCSE requirement for this programme.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline: January 15th 2021

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

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.

Personal tutors provide you with the opportunity to periodically take stock of your learning, academic progress and general wellbeing as you progress through your studies, offering guidance on how to seek further support if you need it, and how to access the range of opportunities available to you as a King's student.

In Year 1 and Year 2, you will spend 15% of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities and 85% of time in guided independent study. in Year 3, this will be 9% in scheduled learning and teaching activities and 91% in guided independent study. In a typical week you can expect to receive approximately eight hours of lectures and seminars.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Assessment

  • Assessed Essays
  • Written Examinations
  • Individual & Group Presentations
  • Written Dissertation

Assessment methods will depend on the modules you have selected to study. The primary methods of assessment for this course are assessed essays, written examinations, individual and group presentations and a written dissertation.

In Year 1, 30% of assessment is by written exams and 70% of assessment is coursework. In Year 2, 53% of assessment is by written exams and 47% coursework. In year 3 this is 38% by written exams and 62% coursework.

 

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits. In all three years, you will have the option to take languages modules at the MLC for additional credit (worth 15 additional credits each year).

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.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Our graduates go on to work in a range of fields including government (most commonly in Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs in the UK and abroad), academia, journalism, banking (often in emerging markets or risk analysis), research and policy think-tanks, humanitarian organisations and international organisations.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Accounts assistant, IJS Global
  • Army officer, British Army
  • Consultant, Ernst & Young
  • Creative writer, Groupon
  • Defence analyst, Vision Gain
  • Parliamentary assistant, House of Commons
  • Special constable, London Metropolitan Police
  • Trainee accountant, a legal practice

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £20,790 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad web pages for details of the relevant partner universities. King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows: • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • EU students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year. • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • EU students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, 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
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs
  • Alternative venue examination fees

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Key information

Course type:
Joint honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
Three years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

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