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International Peace & Security MA

Course Description

The MA International Peace & Security consists of a broad-based multidisciplinary curriculum, focusing on law and conflict in international society and contemporary security issues. It is ideal if you are looking for a career in international organisations, government departments, political risk and financial sector, further research/PhD or professional legal studies.

Key benefits

- The only MA in the UK which provides an integrated study of international law with international politics relevant to the contemporary world.

- You may choose from as many as 30 optional modules from law or war studies to tailor the programme to your interests.

- An unrivalled location in central London close to the Royal Courts of Justice, leading NGOs and research institutions, Westminster and London's legal quarter.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/international-peace-and-security-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Our programme was launched by the School of Law and the Department of War Studies in response to the rapidly changing world after the Cold War. We combine the strengths of both departments to provide you with an integrated study of international law and international politics relevant to the contemporary world. This type of study is necessitated by the major changes in international peace and security which have taken place in recent years.

The early 1990s saw radical change in the international system, as has the start of the 21st century. Events in Bosnia, Somalia, Rwanda, Libya and Haiti and the creation of ad-hoc international tribunals, as well as September 11, the War on Terror and Iraq from 1990 to the present all represent new approaches to international order.

Central to this is the reinterpretation by the United Nations Security Council of that which constitutes a threat to international peace and security; this single change has had enormous impact on international society and global security, forcing a reassessment of fundamental doctrines by scholars and practitioners at the interface of law and international relations. Together, these changes create a need for the integrated study of international relations and international law.

- Course purpose -

Our MA will give students of international relations, historians and political scientists a deeper knowledge of international law; narrow the existing gap between international lawyers and international relations specialists; and educate people who could work in international organisations (both inter-governmental and nongovernmental), in government, or teach international law and politics.

- Course format and assessment -

Most of the 20-credit modules will be assessed by one 4,000-word essay or two 2000-word essays. However, some 20-credit modules will be assessed on class participation and attendance, oral vivas or exams, or a combination of these.

Most 40-credit modules are assessed through a combination of essays (3,000-6,000 words), class participation and attendance, oral vivas and exams.

The dissertation module assessment will be on the research proposal (10%) and the dissertation (up to 15,000 words) (90%) for some programmes or solely on the dissertation for others.

Career prospects

International organisations, eg the UN, the OSCE and the EU; government departments, eg ministries of foreign affairs and defence; political risk and the financial sector; continuing studies at research/PhD level; professional legal studies.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the International Peace & Security MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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"To me, the International Peace and Security programme is what 'higher education' should mean. It was more than just having an interesting subject matter. The superb teaching combined with such interesting and relevant material provoked such enthusiasm in all of us in the class that the debates and discussions continued long after the classes, the term, the programme had finished."


Entry Requirements

Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in law, history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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