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We sit in the School of Security Studies alongside the Defence Studies Department, forming the largest community of scholars in the world dedicated to producing world-leading research on all aspects of security and defence.


Our unparalleled research power, size, scope and expertise develops new empirical knowledge, employs innovative theory, and addresses vital policy issues, in the UK and internationally.

Our cutting-edge research underpins public engagement activities, through our events, news stories, podcast and impact work. We generate interaction and knowledge exchange between the study and practice of security and foreign policy, by sharing expertise and insight with policymakers, parliamentarians, and industry in Britain and beyond.

We develop the next generation of scholars in international, policy, and security studies through our postgraduate training and research mentoring.

Research Themes

Research Themes

Learn more about our eight Research Themes that bring together researchers from across the School.



People in the Department of War Studies

Covid-19 Research

Covid-19 Research

Our academics have contributed widely to research on the coronavirus pandemic.

News & Events from the Department of War Studies


Explore War Studies at King’s

Alumni Stories

Hear about the postgraduate courses from War Studies alumni.

Postgraduate study

Explore our postgraduate taught degrees and opportunities for postgraduate research