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MA International Conflict Studies (Part-Time)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Part Time

2 Years
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 Tuition fee

18750 GBP
10500 GBP
10500 GBP

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National 0 GBP
Department of War Studies
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

Our MA International Conflict Studies combines the intellectual endeavour associated with advanced learning and the practical policy implications emerging from particular approaches used in the study of conflict at regional, transnational and global levels of interaction.

Key benefits

  • Our department is unique in the UK and one of the few university departments in the world devoted exclusively to the study of war as a human phenomenon.
  • It is a multidisciplinary institution devoted to the study of all aspects of war and conflict and the broad remit of international relations.
  • Our department has an excellent reputation as a graduate training institution and is recognised by the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research council as a training institution for war studies.
  • We place great emphasis on recruiting leading experts who bring with them not only a wealth of knowledge and ideas but an extensive and continually growing network of links with other departments, think-tanks, organisations, policymaking bodies and institutions.
  • Our unrivalled location in the heart of London beside the River Thames brings outstanding advantages. You can enjoy excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities. We are close to the seat of government, the City, Imperial War Museum, National Maritime Museum, Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court.
  • You have access to visiting academics, serving officers, government ministers and other experts who give regular public lectures and seminars.

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum requirements: Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject. 

Successful applicants will usually be achieving grades at mid 2:1 level (or equivalent overseas level) or higher.

English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100

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Course Modules

Required Modules

Our MA in International Conflict Studies provides you with advanced knowledge of the theoretical, conceptual and methodological perspectives and debates relating to the study of international conflict.

The programme contains the following elements:

  • A compulsory core module: The Global Governance of Conflict and Security: Theories and Methods (40 credits). This module develops an interdisciplinary approach to the study of conflict combined with a strong grounding in international relations debates. It is based on analytical and methods training specifically for the study of conflict, security and their global governance.
  • Optional modules chosen from a range of possibilities (80 credits in total). Please note that NOT ALL MODULES ARE AVAILABLE in any given year
  • A dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits).

The dissertation counts for 60 credits and the compulsory and optional modules count for 120 credits in total. You may choose your own topic for the dissertation but it must fall within the remit of your programme of study and must be approved by a member of staff. Part-time students are advised to take the compulsory module in the first year of study. If you are unsuccessful in any element of the MA programme there is an opportunity to retake it the following year.

  • The Global Governance of Conflict and Security: Theories and Methods

Optional Modules

To maintain a beneficial student/staff ratio in the classroom and promote effective learning, there are a limited number of places available on each module

Some of the optional modules are prioritised for students on particular master's programmes. This means that even if a option is offered the year that you are here, you are not guaranteed a place on it.

You are advised not to base your decision to join the degree programme solely on the list given here.

NB Optional modules are allocated using purpose-designed software which the department has created to maximise your choice while keeping each option class to a reasonable size. The system weighs your preferences, and gives priority where necessary to options of particular relevance to each specific MA programme. 

  • Afghan and South Asian Security
  • Civil War In The US 1861-1865
  • Comparative Civil Wars (40 Credits)
  • Complex Political Emergencies, Health & Security
  • Conflict Simulation
  • Conflict, Development And Islam In Russia, The Caucasus And Central Asia
  • Contemporary British Defence Policy
  • Diplomacy, Intelligence and Armaments Competition: The origins of the Second World War, 1931-1941
  • Current Issues In Science & Security
  • East Asian Security
  • Ethics In International Relations (20 Credits)
  • History Of War
  • Human Rights in a World of States (20 credits)
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches To (In)Security
  • International Law & War
  • International Politics Of The Middle East
  • Media and Intelligence
  • Mind, Body And Spirit In The First World War
  • Nationalism And Security
  • Navies And Seapower, 1793-2001
  • Open Source Intelligence
  • Proliferation & International Security
  • Propaganda
  • Reporting Wars
  • Responding to Terrorism
  • The Science and Security of Nuclear and Biological Weapons
  • The Evolution Of Insurgency
  • The Occupied Territories Since 1967
  • War and Insurgency in the Middle East since 1945
  • Wars Within Wars

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How to Apply

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £40 applies. All applications are assessed by a committee of academic tutors. We aim to process all complete applications within four weeks; during February and March and over holiday periods, applications may take longer to process.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please provide a personal statement explaining why you are interested in this particular programme, and outlining any relevant experience you have. If there are any anomalies in your academic record, please use the personal statement to explain related extenuating circumstances.

Application closing date

Applications for 2016 entry are now closed.

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