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Grad Dip International Studies & Academic English

 Course Level
Certificate / Diploma
Full Time

1 Year
 Start month

 Tuition fee

12950 GBP
12950 GBP
12950 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Department of Political Economy
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

This is an inter-disciplinary programme for international students from a range of academic backgrounds who wish to study at MA or PhD level in the departments of Geography, War Studies & Political Economy in the School of Social Science & Public Policy. This is a unique pathway programme that ensures students achieve and master the skills required for the successful completion of their chosen graduate degree.

Key benefits

  • A unique blend of International Studies tuition and academic English instruction.
  • Gives you the subject knowledge and English skills required to succeed on your chosen MA or PhD programme.
  • A unique pathway into all master's programmes delivered by one of the world's leading Social Sciences & Public Policy faculties.
  • Guaranteed offer and progression on to your chosen MA or PhD programme for all successful students. 
  • Unrivalled location in the heart of London.
  • Study with the English Language Centre, accredited by the British Council and the highest ranked ELC across the University of London.

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Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must possess a first or upper second class honours degree or overseas equivalent. We are looking for a background which demonstrates excellent academic potential and will consider applications from students with a non social science background. You should have a GPA of 3.25 or above and will also need to show that you have the minimum standard of English for this programme, which is currently an IELTS score of 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5), or TOEFL equivalencies of a minimum of 18 in reading, listening and writing, and 20 in speaking with an overall minimum score of 80. All language qualifications are valid for 2 years only. Direct progression to the second year for those who meet the required standard.

English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100

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Course Modules

Required Modules

All students take the following three compulsory modules in semester 1:

  • International Studies & Integrated Study Skills
  • Individual Research Project
  • Academic English.

Students then choose from a range of optional modules for the second semester of the first year. 

In semester 2, students continue with the Individual Research Project and Academic English modules. Students progressing onto MA/MSc programmes run by the Department of War Studies or Department of Political Economy take the following optional module:

  • Issues in International Politics.

Students progressing onto MA/MSc or PhD programmes run by the Department of Geography take two additional optional modules from the following:

  • Third World Political Ecology
  • Tropical Forests in a Changing Environment
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Japanese Environments
  • Global Environmental Problems & Policies
  • Urban Governance & Regeneration
  • Gendered Geographies of Development & Globalisation
  • Environmental Risk, Governance & Society
  • Social Theory & the Environment
  • Advanced Natural Hazards.

Optional Modules

Please refer to http://www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/sspp/ws/grad/programmes/int/content.html

  • Issues in International Politics

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How to Apply

Application procedure

All applications are assessed by a committee of academic tutors. This process takes on average five weeks. On very rare occasions, applicants may be invited to interview.

Personal statement and supporting information

If there are any anomalies in your academic record, please use the personal statement to explain related extenuating circumstances.

Application closing date

Early application to this programme is recommended. Applications received before 1 July are more likely to be successful. Although, if places are still available, we may consider applications later than this date.

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