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War in the Modern World MA

Course Description

War in the Modern World provides graduate students worldwide with a comprehensive understanding of military conflict, international security issues and global geo-political change from 1945 to the present day.

Key benefits

• An entirely web-delivered graduate degree programme that is available twenty-four hours and can be studied anywhere in the world when connected to the internet.

• Innovative and academically rigorous, the programme is taught by King's College London staff.

• Students engage regularly and directly with their lecturers who provide support and guidance throughout the programme.

• All materials include authored content, video, audio, images, maps, and intensively used discussion forums with full access to the resources of the King's College London library's extensive electronic holdings.

• Maximum flexibility for individual students: access content and respond to discussion postings in your own time for each study unit.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/war-in-the-modern-world-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Our MA War in the Modern World provides an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the historical evolution of warfare and international security since the end of the Second World War. You will examine contemporary warfare and security issues in the light of the wide-ranging political, technological, economic and social changes in the world between 1945 and today. It will equip you to engage critically with scholarly debate about the conduct and nature of contemporary warfare, and to understand the contexts in which modern conflicts take place.

Our programme is designed to have broad-ranging appeal to those interested in pursuing postgraduate studies in the fields of war studies, international relations and international security. Those who may find this programme of particular interest include graduates in history, political science, international relations, economics, and those who have experience working with NGOs, civil services, NATO, the UN, media and publishing, finance and investment and the military.

- Course purpose -

Our programme is designed to offer you an engaging, well designed and flexible online master's degree in war studies.

- Course format and assessment -

Assessment for taught modules consists of:

- one short essay (1,500 words) from a choice of essay questions (25 per cent of the module assessment)

- one long essay (3,000 words) from a choice of essay questions (75 per cent of the module assessment)

- The dissertation (15,000 words) is submitted at the end of the programme. This important piece of assessed work contributes up to one third of the final programme grade.

Career prospects

Past students from this programme have gone on to build careers in NGOs, civil services, NATO, the UN, media and publishing, finance and investment and teaching, as well as in the armed forces. A number of our students have had articles published in peer-reviewed journals, and undertaken further academic research. Several students have gone on to complete a PhD while one teaches part time at King’s.

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 War in the Modern World MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

All Available Videos:

(Student Profile)

Olaf Bachmann

"War in the Modern World is a mind-opening course. This is not only due to the excellent teaching, or the material provided, but also to the wide range of participating students. Some of my classmates participated from their postings in the Middle East, others from ships on the high seas, others yet from their offices and homes in Berlin, California, or Singapore and some even from their barracks in Iraq or Afghanistan."


Entry Requirements

2:1 undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject. Degrees in other subjects, or candidates with lower awards than above, may be considered. An alternative professional or other qualification obtained by a formal examination may be approved. Prior experiential learning can also be taken into consideration by the admissions panel. Where alternative professional or other qualifications are not available, evidence will be required that a candidate can undertake academic study to the level required. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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