Students will learn about historical arms control challenges, such as negotiation of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, along with contemporary arms control issues as they relate to international security, to include the Iran Nuclear Deal, U.S.-Russia arms control, and disarmament verification. Along with subject matter expertise, students will develop transferable analytic and research skills in a dynamic and rigorous intellectual environment.
Students will have the opportunity to meet arms control practitioners, negotiators, and inspectors. The course is particularly unique in combining history and theory with practical issues, skills development, and contemporary weapon of mass destruction policy.
The MA in Arms Control & International Security is a joint course with the Departments of War Studies and Defence Studies at King’s College London. The goal of the course is to enhance knowledge of a broad range of subjects relevant to arms control and international security. The course is available to both full and part-time students, and is available as an MA, Diploma, or Certificate. Required modules include: (1) History and Politics of Arms Control, (2) Verification Concepts and Technologies, and (3) Arms Control Case Studies. Modules will be conducted in intensive week-long sessions so as to accommodate professional students. Each module will be highly interactive with a combination of lectures, seminars, and group discussion, and include formative assessment. Student performance will be assessed in an essay for each module and MA students will be required to write an individual research dissertation.
Ideally, this course will train the next generation of arms control practitioners and experts by building their expertise in the fundamentals and history of arms control, while also exposing them to practical issues and challenges, such as verification.
Per 20-credit required module:
For your lectures, seminars and feedback, you will have week-long intensive session consisting of 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars. In addition you will have 180 hours of self-study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Per 20-credit and some required optional modules:
For your lectures, seminars and feedback, you will typically have two hours per week over two 10-week terms. This can be split into one lecture + one seminar or combinations thereof. You will also have 180 hours of self-study.
Per 40-credit optional module:
For your lectures, seminars and feedback, you will typically have two hours per week over two 10-week terms per 40-credit optional module. This can be split into one lecture + one seminar or combinations thereof, as well as 360 hours of self-study.
You will have 12 hours of training workshops/supervision to complement the 588 hours of self-study.
Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected. The primary method of assessment for this course is:
Although this is a new course, other King’s MA students in similar fields have gone on to work at top global think tanks, in government, or to pursue PhDs in a relevant field.