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Our students

Who we are

Our cohort is diverse and lively. Our students range from 18 to 70,  come from different backgrounds, faiths, ethnicities, and nationalities. Each person brings a broad range of experiences, abilities, skills and perspectives. This diversity contributes to our inter-disciplinary study of conflict in all it's forms.

Our Department is committed to supporting student led activities and initiatives that demonstrate an active engagement with the world in new ways whether it be tackling policy challenges to making a practical difference.

Below are some of our student networks you can get involved in.

Student Networks

This project and website is a platform for the public, students, and academics to engage with one another and explore the challenges of understanding and fighting nationalist politics. It is administered by students of A History of Nations, Nationalism and Theories of the State

Visit the Identity Hunters site

International Relations Today is a blog on current international affairs run by students of International Relations at King’s College London. The content published here focuses on issues relevant today and aims to facilitate discussion of these.

Visit the International Relations Blog

The King’s College London Think Tank is a unique student society and the first student led policy institute in London. Students from all disciplines are invited to come and contribute to problem-solving on a wide variety of issues such as foreign policy, energy and environment, business and finance, immigration, defense, healthcare, education, crime and many other areas of public policy

Visit the King's Think Tank site

he War Studies Society (WSS) is an independent organisation accredited by the KCLSU that is open to current students, alumni or anyone with an interest in subjects related to War Studies; history, international relations, security, conflict, government and foreign policy.

Visit the War Studies Society site

Strife is a dual format publication comprised of Strife academic blog, as well as the peer-reviewed academic journal, Strife Journal, which is published biannually. Strife combines political, historical, literary, and philosophical approaches to conflict (among other things) for our readers. Strife is led by doctoral and graduate researchers based in the Department of War Studies

Visit the Strife Blog & Journal site

Women in War and International Politics (WIWIP) is a King’s College London network of women students, staff and alumnae from across the Faculty of Social Sciences and Public Policy. We seek to support and make more visible the role of women from King's who are active in the fields of War Studies and International Politics, whether as students, researchers, or practitioners. We also hope to promote and encourage exploration of the question of gender and its implications in war, conflict, foreign policy, and security practices.

Shield is a blog platform for analysis, discussion and debate on defence and security matters. We aim to increase engagement between students, academics and industry practitioners to benefit defence and security thinking. You can get involved now by subscribing to the blog, following Shield on social media, or by contributing an article for publication.

Visit the Shield Blog


Undergraduate Story

Ville Majamaa talks about his reasons for studying International Relations and his experiences at King's and in the Department

Postgraduate Story

After a career in finance, Ted’s lifelong fascination with military history led him to study at King’s. Here he talks about his experience of studying the History of War MA

   Photo credit: Nathan Clarke