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War Studies BA

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Overview

Our War Studies BA degree course is a long-established course that focuses on the key human challenges of war and conflict. Instead of adopting a single disciplinary viewpoint, you will approach the topics from a variety of distinctive angles including politics, international relations, philosophy, sociology, history and strategic studies.

Key benefits

  • King's is amongst the world's leading universities for the study of war and conflict.
  • Teaching by leading international experts who work in close collaboration with governments, armed forces and NGOs across the world.
  • Outstanding flexibility, allowing you to focus on your fundamental interests of war and conflicts.
  • 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.

 

Key information

UCAS code L252

Duration Three years with optional year abroad

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of War Studies

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Description

The War Studies BA course is made up of 360 credits and studied over three years and you will study 120 credits each year.

The first year of study consists of five required modules that provide a rounded introduction to the occurrence of war and the benefits and challenges.

In the second year you will take one required module and three optional modules. These options provide you with a deeper understanding of war as revealed through a variety of disciplinary pathways, including history, politics, philosophy, and sociology. In the second year you also have the option to choose a ‘regional stream’ on East Asia, which equates to 60 credits of language (Japanese or Mandarin) and a module introducing the region’s history and strategy

In the final year, you are required to complete a 10,000-word dissertation on an approved subject of your choice with emphasis placed on self-directed research and a 30 credit required module. The 60 credits worth of optional modules you will also study are designed to reflect the current research and expertise of staff in the department, providing you with the opportunity to study specialist subjects in-depth. Students on the ‘optional regional stream’ will be able to further engage with regionally focussed issues and themes as well as to continue more advanced language training (worth 60 credits).

Teaching style and study time

A range of teaching methods are used including lectures, seminars and tutorials. We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide pastoral support during your studies. 

Assessment

Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected. The primary methods of assessment for this course are essays, written examinations and presentations (individual and group).

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand & Waterloo Campuses. The 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.

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Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules.  Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide upto-date, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on this webpage for updates. 

 

 

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules in your first year.

Year 2

Required Modules

 You are required to take the following module:

  • War in the 20th Century (30 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to choose 90 credits from a wide range of optional modules, which may typically include:

If you choose the East Asia Stream, you should choose relevant options which may typically include:

  • War and Strategy in East Asia (30 credits)
  • Japanese or Mandarin (30 credits)
  • plus a 30 credit option from the list above.

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for your second year. Partner institutions do change from time to time, but the list currently includes the following:

  • Georgetown University, USA
  • Hong Kong University
  • Sciences Po, Paris (basic French language required)
  • University of California
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Sydney
  • Johns Hopkins University- Baltimore, USA
  • Ca'Foscari University of Venice
  • Keio University

Year 3

Required Modules
You are required to take the following modules:
  • 10,000-word dissertation (30 credits)
  • State, Society & Strategy (30 credit)

 

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to choose 60 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

In Year 3, students who chose the East Asia Stream in Year 2 will chose relevant options which may typically include: 

  • Japan & International Security of East Asia (30 credits) and/or
  • Chinese Military Power (30 credits)
  • plus Japanese or Mandarin (30 credits)

 

Entry requirements

 

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. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

85% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

Preferred subjects

No preferred subjects.

Further information and other requirements

Entry Requirements
A-Level 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. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer. 
Access to HE Diploma

D: 36 credits

M: 9 credits

P: 0 credits

 Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.
Cambridge Pre-U  D3 D3 D3 Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)   DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)   DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)   D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers AAB in Highers

and

AA in Advanced Highers

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
International Baccalaureate 35 points including 6,6,6 in three Higher Level subjects. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Other International Qualifications   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.

 

Selection procedure

The department may interview shortlisted candidates for the BA programme and is looking for genuinely interested individuals. A good A-level performance is expected (normally AAA) but no specific A-level subjects are normally required except for joint honours programmes. The department welcomes applicants with relevant life experience.

Applicants with relevant life experience may need to take an Access course to prepare them for their degree. Those applicants not already taking an Access course are strongly advised to consult the Admissions Tutor about their application.

Applicants planning a gap year should either apply for a deferred place in the preceding year or ensure that they are available for interview during February and March (the normal interview period for war studies) during their gap year.

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) 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.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 academic year is £18,900 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.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, 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 webpages 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 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. 

In addition to the costs above, 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

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

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

How will a degree in War Studies or International Relations help me in my career?

The Department’s BA curriculum cultivates employability skills acknowledging that you will follow different career pathways including academia and employment in the private, public, and charity sector. Skills covered include communication, conceptual skills, team-work, analytical skills and project managing.  

Our staff and alumni have strong links to all the major national and international bodies, government departments, think tanks, NGOs and HE institutions. There is a wealth of opportunity to take advantage of these close networks to enhance your career prospects.

 

 

Career destinations

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.

Recent graduates have found employment as:

  • Account executive, IT re-seller
  • Accounts assistance, IJS Global
  • Army officer, British Army
  • Consultant, Ernst & Young
  • Creative writer, Groupon
  • Defence analyst, Vision Gain
  • Parliamentary assistant, House of Commons
  • Special constable, Metropolitan Police 
  • Trainee accountant, a legal practice
  • East Asian security research fellow, RUSI

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