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King’s College London, Full Time MSc Degrees in Politics & Government

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The Environment, Politics and Globalisation MA, MSc is an interdisciplinary course offering a unique combination of theoretical and relevant policy subjects to give you indepth knowledge and critical awareness of the politics and geographies shaping environments, both now and in the past. Read more

The Environment, Politics and Globalisation MA, MSc is an interdisciplinary course offering a unique combination of theoretical and relevant policy subjects to give you indepth knowledge and critical awareness of the politics and geographies shaping environments, both now and in the past. You will examine local case studies as well as global environmental issues, politics and policies from a variety of perspectives to gain a textured understanding of this contested and vital area of study. 

Key Benefits

  • You will study a unique combination of theoretical and policy-relevant modules.
  • Excellent tutorial support, extensive programme-specific interactive teaching and regular classroom discussions.
  • You will develop skills in the appropriate use and application of quantitative and qualitative methods.

Description

The Environment, Politics & Globalisation MA, MSc is a demanding and stimulating course, with an emphasis on developing your analytical and research skills.

You will study Globalisation and the Environment, as well as optional modules covering topics such as Climate: Science and History, Geopolitics, Power and Place, Environmental Actors and Politics, and Disasters and Development. If you choose to follow the MSc research pathway, you will study Advanced Quantitative and Spatial Methods in Human Geography.

The Environment, Politics and Globalisation course is aimed at providing students with an in-depth and critical awareness of the politics and geographies shaping environments at a range of interrelated and ever shifting scales. In this context the course involves a broad and reflexive interpretation of the terms ‘environment’, ‘politics’, and ‘globalisation’. It aims to enable students to develop the skills required to engage with both cutting edge academic literature and grounded policy scenarios so that they can participate in the dynamic and contested environmental arena. These aims are achieved by the unique combination of theoretical and practical modules that draw on staff environmental expertise, along with internships with participating environmental organisations. You will be required to obtain the minimum of 180 credits to complete the course.

If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your course will take two years to complete. You will take the combination of required and optional modules over this period of time, with the dissertation in your second year.

Course purpose

For those seeking to develop their intellectual and practical skills to engage in both academic debates and the practical construction of environmental policy and politics at national and international scales.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Per 20-credit taught module:

Lectures, seminars and feedback: Typically 20 hours

Self-study: 180 hours (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning).

Dissertation:

Lectures, seminars and feedback: Usually four dissertation workshops/ tutorials and five contact hours of one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors.

Self-study: 587 hours.

Assessment

Performance on taught modules in the Geography Department is normally assessed through essays and other written assignments, oral presentations, lab work and occasionally by examination, depending on the modules selected. All students also undertake a research-based dissertation of 12,000 words.

Career prospects

Many of our graduates have gone on to undertake further graduate study. Others have gone on to work as research assistants for international development agencies as well as pursuing careers within government agencies, teaching and journalism.



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Our Russian Politics & Society MSc focuses on contemporary political, economic and social policy challenges. Read more

Our Russian Politics & Society MSc focuses on contemporary political, economic and social policy challenges. You will gain detailed knowledge of the interconnected reform challenges that have faced Russia in recent decades, a comprehensive knowledge of Russian current events, and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis.

Key benefits

  • The only social-science driven course on contemporary Russia on offer in London.
  • Quality research-based teaching in a breadth of fields, with unique opportunities to engage with policy practitioners throughout the taught course.
  • The unparalleled opportunity to study Russia in a world-spanning context amidst King’s Global Institutes.
  • Draws on our network of connections, including a wide range of academic links with Russian universities and academic organisations, as well as Russian and international businesses, government agencies, international organisations and others.

Description

As part of King’s Russia Institute’s Russian Policy Studies course, we have designed our MSc in Russian Politics & Society to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to analyse a broad range of contemporary Russian policy challenges in practical and theoretical contexts. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the interlocking social, political and economic challenges that have faced Russia in recent decades, a comprehensive knowledge of Russian current events and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis. In addition, you will pursue specialised research and study in a relevant field of your choice. Throughout, you will be aware of the comparative context and we will encourage you to use your knowledge of the Russian case to challenge existing global theoretical and policy approaches.

Our Russian Policy Studies course provides you with a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

  • The history of social, political and economic change in post-Soviet Russia.
  • Key challenges facing political, economic and other social actors in today’s Russia.
  • Practical approaches to the collection and analysis of empirical data relevant to policy or academic puzzles in the Russian context and beyond.
  • The perspectives of policy practitioners professionally engaged with Russia.
  • Policy-relevant implications of developments and possible developments for policymakers and other relevant actors in the UK, Europe or elsewhere.

Additionally, our MSc Russian Politics & Society course will focus on:

  • The complexity of and connections between social, political and economic processes in changing societies such as Russia.
  • Theoretical and practical approaches to the analysis of processes of social, political and economic change.
  • The comparative relevance of the Russian experience for the study of social, political and economic processes elsewhere in the world.

Our course will particularly appeal if you are a graduate of Russian/Slavonic studies, European, energy or security studies, comparative politics, or another course and have developed an interest in Russia and/or if you are looking for a career involving work in or about Russia.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

You will typically have 20 hours of teaching per 20-credit taught module as well as 180 hours of self-study (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning). Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

For the dissertation module, you will have 16 contact hours of workshops and one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors to complement 584 hours of self-study and project work.

If you are taking the part time course, you will take at least 60 credits of required modules during your first year, and take the remaining credits and your dissertation in your second year. This can, however, be individually discussed with the student.

Assessment

Russia Institute modules will be assessed by essays, other written work (including policy briefs and memoranda, scenario analyses and models), timed written exams, in-class quizzes and presentations, and class participation and attendance. Most 20-credit modules will have a volume of assessment equivalent to a 4,000 word essay, but this may be distributed over several different assessments. The dissertation module assessment will be 100 per cent on the dissertation itself (14,000 words); a 1,000-word dissertation proposal is required but not assessed. Assessment of modules from other departments/institutes may vary.

Career prospects

Our graduates use the skills and knowledge they develop over this course to excel in careers in diplomacy, the international civil service, non-governmental organisations, media and journalism, analytical and research or strategic roles in business, including investment. Others have continued their research to further study.



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Our Political Economy of Emerging Markets MSc offers a distinctive approach to the study of development. We focus on the political economy of emerging markets, especially national development strategies and the underlying politics and institutions. Read more

Our Political Economy of Emerging Markets MSc offers a distinctive approach to the study of development. We focus on the political economy of emerging markets, especially national development strategies and the underlying politics and institutions. The course also covers subjects such as development theory, political economy, geography and management, and is flexible enough to allow you to focus on particular countries and regions.

Key benefits

  • Offers a distinctive approach to the study of development.
  • Interdisciplinary course which enables you to study the political economy of emerging markets from a variety of perspectives.
  • Wide range of optional modules drawing on expertise across King’s with particular emphasis on our Global Institutes.
  • We accept students from a range of academic backgrounds and mid-career professionals.

Description

Our course provides you with high-quality post-graduate teaching and training in the analysis of emerging economies. It offers a distinctive approach to the study of development by focusing on rising economic powers with a particular focus on national development strategies, economic and political institutions, and the political processes that influence economic reforms. We are based at King’s Department of International Development, which enables us to draw on social scientific expertise from across other departments in the faculties of Social Sciences & Public Policy and Arts & Humanities as well as King’s Global Institutes. 

The course critically assesses economic development theory to ask whether emerging economies offer a new model or models of development. Our main focus is examining the strategies that emerging economies have adopted to promote development. This includes asking how sustainable or enduring these new strategies are and how emerging markets solve the difficult problems of promoting growth over the longer term. To answer this last question, we investigate how emerging economies deal with the development and diffusion of technology, manage trade and financial flows, balance the role of the state and the market, and tackle problems of institutional underdevelopment and weak systems of law and accountability

Course purpose

Our course provides you with high-quality graduate research training for seeking employment in the large development sector in the UK, other OECD countries and in emerging economies, consultancy organisations, private sector companies with global operations and government offices. It is ideal if you are an international student seeking specialist training and/or government employment. 

Course format and assessment

Teaching

For every 20-credit module, we will typically provide 20 hours of lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 180 hours of independent study. For your dissertation, we will usually provide five hours of dissertation workshops, and six one-to-one or group meetings with supervisors. You will undertake 589 hours of independent study.

In each year 60 credits in taught modules should be taken (of which in year one at 20 credits should be a required module), and in Year 2 the dissertation (60 credits) is also taken. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

We assess the majority of our modules through a 4,000-word essay, although other optional modules may differ. We will assess your dissertation through a proposal and a 12,000-word piece of writing. 

Career prospects

Our course provides you with high-quality graduate research training that will improve your prospects seeking employment in the development sector in the UK and other OECD countries and also in emerging economies, consultancy organisations, private sector companies with global operations and government offices. It’s an ideal course if you are an international student seeking specialist training and/or government employment.



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Our Emerging Economies & International Development MSc offers a distinctive approach to the study of development by focusing on emerging economies. Read more

Our Emerging Economies & International Development MSc offers a distinctive approach to the study of development by focusing on emerging economies. We cover subjects such as development theory, political economy, geography and social policy. You will also have the opportunity to focus on particular countries and regions.

Key benefits

  • A distinctive approach to the study of development.
  • Interdisciplinary course that enables you to study emerging economies and international development from a variety of different perspectives.
  • Extensive selection of optional modules draw on expertise across King’s with particular emphasis on our Global Institutes.
  • We accept students from a wide range of academic backgrounds as well as mid-career professionals.

Description

Our MSc course provides you with high-quality post-graduate teaching and research training in the analysis of emerging economies. It offers a distinctive approach to the study of development by focusing on rising economic powers and some of the questions surrounding their emergence as key players in global politics and the economy. It also draws on social scientific expertise from across other departments in the Faculties of Social Sciences & Public Policy and Arts & Humanities.

This course focuses on reviewing economic development theory to ask whether emerging economies offer a new model or models of development. It looks at the strategies that they have adopted to promote development, how inclusive and sustainable or enduring these new strategies are and how emerging markets solve the difficult problems of promoting growth over the longer term. While investigating this last question we will discuss how these countries handle the development and diffusion of technology, how they manage trade and financial flows, how they balance the role of the state and the market, and how they deal with problems of institutional underdevelopment and weak systems of law and accountability.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

For every 20-credit module we will typically provide 20 hours of lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 180 hours of independent study. For your dissertation, you will usually have five hours of dissertation workshops and six hours of one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors. To complement this, you should undertake 589 hours of independent study and project work. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

Our Department assesses all modules through a 4,000-word essay, although other departments may differ. We will assess your dissertation module through a proposal and a 12,000-word dissertation.

Career prospects

Our course provides you with high-quality graduate research training that will greatly enhance your employability in the development sector, both in the UK and other OECD countries, as well as in ‘emerging economies’. You can also transfer the skills to a career in consultancy organisations, private sector companies with global operations and government offices. Our course is ideal if you are an international student seeking specialist training and/or government employment.



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Our Latin American Development MSc combines a thorough grounding in development theory with an in-depth study of Latin America. Read more

Our Latin American Development MSc combines a thorough grounding in development theory with an in-depth study of Latin America. By exploring the contemporary and historical experiences of this region, you will develop an understanding of the deep roots of social change and the background to current development challenges and policy debates. 

Key benefits

  • Provides a multidisciplinary social scientific framework for understanding the development experiences of Latin American countries, including approaches from economics, political science, history, sociology and management studies.
  • Draws on the broader expertise within King’s and its Global Institutes.
  • Wide range of optional taught modules.
  • We accept students from a range of academic backgrounds and mid-career professionals.

Description

Our course highlights the importance of Latin America’s position in the global order, as well as the relationships between countries of the region, in shaping countries’ policy options and development outcomes. Drawing on the broader expertise within King’s Global Institutes, our MSc will also explore how the issues facing Latin America are illuminated by the experiences of emerging economies around the world. The emphasis is on understanding the ways Latin America is trying to overcome long-standing barriers to stability and prosperity. Our focus on integrating theory, data and history will develop your critical and analytical skills as you examine how Latin American countries are promoting growth and economic, social and political development in new and often innovative ways.

Course purpose

Our focus throughout the course on integrating theory, data and history will foster your critical and analytical skills as you examine how Latin American countries are promoting growth and economic, social and political development in new and often innovative ways. 

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We will teach you through a combination of lectures and seminars, and you will typically have 20 hours of this per module, though some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning) We also expect you to undertake 180 hours of independent study for each module. For your 12,000 word dissertation, we will provide five 1-hour dissertation workshops and six contact hours hours of one-to-one or group supervision to complement your 589 hours of self-study and project work. Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

The majority of modules are assessed by a 4,000-word essay; other optional modules may differ. The dissertation module is assessed by a 12,000-word essay. The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Career prospects

Our course provides you with high-quality graduate research training for seeking employment in the development sector in the UK and Latin American countries, consultancy organisations, private sector companies with global operations and government offices. It is ideal if you are an international student seeking specialist training and/or government employment.



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Our Emerging Economies & Inclusive Development MSc offers a distinctive approach to the study of development. We do this by focusing on emerging economies, with a particular emphasis on poverty reduction, inequality and social policy. Read more

Our Emerging Economies & Inclusive Development MSc offers a distinctive approach to the study of development. We do this by focusing on emerging economies, with a particular emphasis on poverty reduction, inequality and social policy. You will study development theory, political economy, geography and social policy, and will also have the opportunity to focus on the countries and regions that particularly interest you. 

Key benefits

  • Offers you a distinctive approach to the study of development.
  • Interdisciplinary course that enables you to study emerging economies and inclusive development from a variety of different perspectives.
  • Extensive selection of optional modules draw on expertise across King’s with particular emphasis on our Global Institutes.
  • We accept students from a wide range of academic backgrounds as well as mid-career professionals.

Description

Our course provides you with high-quality postgraduate teaching and research training in the analysis of emerging economies. It also draws on social scientific expertise from across other departments in the Faculties of Social Sciences & Public Policy and Arts & Humanities, which allows you to explore the topic from a variety of different angles.

We examine economic development theory to ask whether emerging economies offer a new model or models of development. We look at the strategies that these countries have adopted to promote development, how inclusive and sustainable or enduring these new strategies are and how emerging markets solve difficult problems of promoting growth over the longer term. To answer this last question, we investigate how these markets manage the development and diffusion of technology, flows of trade and finance, the balance between the state and the market, and problems of institutional underdevelopment and weak systems of law and accountability.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

For every 20-credit module we will typically provide 20 hours of lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 180 hours of independent study. For your dissertation, we will usually provide five hours of dissertation workshops and six hours of one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors. To complement this, you should undertake 589 hours of independent study and project work. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

The majority of International Development Institute modules are assessed by a 4,000-word essay; other optional modules other optional modules may differ. The dissertation module is assessed by a proposal and a 12,000-word dissertation.

Career prospects

Our course gives you high-quality graduate research training which will greatly improve your employability in the development sector in the UK and other OECD countries, as well as in emerging economies. You can also transfer your skills to consultancy organisations, private sector companies with global operations and government offices. Our course is ideal if you are an international student seeking specialist training and/or government employment.



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Our Eurasian Political Economy & Energy MSc focuses on the political and economic analysis of the extraction, production and export of energy in Eurasia. Read more

Our Eurasian Political Economy & Energy MSc focuses on the political and economic analysis of the extraction, production and export of energy in Eurasia. You will gain in-depth knowledge of the interconnected challenges facing the energy sector – and more broadly political, economic and social actors – in Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Europe, and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis 

Key benefits

  • Rigorous analysis-driven, multi-disciplinary course on the functioning and future of the Russian and Eurasian energy sectors.
  • Quality research-based teaching in a breadth of fields, with unique opportunities to engage with policy practitioners.
  • Unparalleled opportunity to study Russia and Eurasia in a world-spanning context from across our Global Institutes.
  • Draws on our network of connections, including a wide range of academic links with Russian universities and academic organisations, as well as Russian and international businesses, government agencies, international organisations and others.

Description

Our Eurasian Political Economy & Energy MSc is designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to analyse a broad range of contemporary Russian and Eurasian policy challenges. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the interlocking social, political and economic challenges that have faced Russia and Eurasia in recent decades, extensive knowledge of Russian and Eurasian current events and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis. In addition, you will pursue specialised research and learning in a relevant field of your choice. The course will emphasise a comparative perspective throughout, and we will encourage to use your knowledge of the Russian and Eurasian case to challenge existing global theoretical and policy approaches.

Our MSc is part of the Russian Policy Studies.

The Russian Policy Studies course provides you with a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

  • The history of social, political and economic change in post-Soviet Russia.
  • Key challenges facing political, economic and other social actors across sectors and topics in Russia today.
  • Practical approaches to the collection and analysis of empirical data relevant to policy or academic puzzles in the Russian context and beyond.
  • The perspectives of policy practitioners professionally engaged with Russia
  • The policy-relevant implications of real and potential developments for policymakers and other relevant actors in the UK, Europe or elsewhere.

Additionally, our MSc Eurasian Political Economy & Energy course will focus on:

  • Energy and natural resources as a factor in domestic and international processes, including a critical analysis of the ‘resource curse’ argument.
  • The role of natural resources in the economic and political development of resourceabundant countries.
  • The application of political economy theories and approaches to themes of economic policymaking in resource-rich countries.
  • The utility of national statistical and budgetary data for enhancing research on economic policymaking.

This course will appeal to if you are a graduate of politics, economics and energy-related studies, Russian and European studies programmes, or if you studied a different course but you have developed an interest in Russian and Eurasian energy and/or you are seeking a career involving work in the sector.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

You will typically have 20 hours per 20-credit taught module as well as 180 hours of self-study (some modules may

involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning). Typically one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

For the dissertation module, you will have 16 contact hours of one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors and workshops to complement 584 hours of self-study and project work.

If you are taking the part-time course, you will take at least 60 credits of required modules during your first year, and take the remaining credits and your dissertation in your second year, although this can be individually discussed with the student.

Assessment

Russia Institute modules will be assessed by essays, other written work (including policy briefs and memoranda, scenario analyses and models), timed written exams, in-class quizzes and presentations, and class participation and attendance.

Most 20-credit modules will have a volume of assessment equivalent to a 4,000-word essay, but this may be distributed over several different assessments.

The dissertation module assessment will be 100 per cent on the dissertation itself (14,000 words); a 1,000-word dissertation proposal is required but not assessed. Assessment of modules from other departments/institutes may vary.

Career prospects

You will develop skills and knowledge over the duration of this course which will make you more attractive to a range of employers. Our graduates have gone on to careers in analytical, research or strategic roles in business, particularly the energy sector, in diplomacy, international civil service, non-governmental organisations, media and journalism and to further academic research.



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Our Russia in Global Systems MSc focuses on the challenges involved in Russia’s global engagement and integration. Read more

Our Russia in Global Systems MSc focuses on the challenges involved in Russia’s global engagement and integration. You will gain in-depth knowledge of the interlocking reform challenges that have faced Russia in recent decades, comprehensive knowledge of Russian current events and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis, with an emphasis on Russian foreign policy and global policy towards Russia. 

Key benefits

  • The only Russian foreign policy course in the UK embedded in a truly global studies context.
  • Quality research-based teaching in a breadth of fields, with unique opportunities to engage with policy practitioners throughout the course.
  • Unparalleled opportunity to study Russia in a world-spanning context, amidst King’s Global Institutes.
  • Draws on our network of connections, including a wide range of academic links with Russian universities and academic organisations, as well as Russian and international businesses, government agencies, international organisations and others.

Description

As part of King’s Russia Institute’s Russian Policy Studies course, we have designed our MSc in Russia in Global Systems to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to analyse a broad range of contemporary Russian policy challenges in practical and theoretical contexts. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the interlocking social, political and economic challenges that have faced Russia in recent decades, a comprehensive knowledge of Russian current events and an understanding of a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to policy and academic analysis. In addition, you will pursue specialised research and study in a relevant field of your choice. Throughout, you will be aware of the comparative context and we will encourage you to use your knowledge of the Russian case to challenge existing global theoretical and policy approaches. 

Course format and assessment

Teaching

You will typically have 20 hours of teaching per 20-credit taught module, as well as 180 hours of self-study 180 hours (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning). Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

For the dissertation module, you will have 16 contact hours of one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors and workshops to complement the 584 hours of self-study and project work.

If you are taking the part-time course, you will take at least 60 credits of required modules during your first year, and take the remaining amount of credits and your dissertation in your second year; however this can be individually discussed.

Assessment

Russia Institute modules will be assessed by essays, other written work (including policy briefs and memoranda, scenario analyses and models), timed written exams, in-class quizzes and presentations, and class participation and attendance. Most 20-credit modules will have a volume of assessment equivalent to a 4,000-word essay, but this may be distributed over several different assessments. The dissertation module assessment will be 100 per cent on the dissertation itself (14,000 words); a 1,000-word dissertation proposal is required but not assessed. Assessment of modules from other departments/institutes may vary.

Career prospects

Career destinations for this course typically include:

  • diplomacy
  • international civil service
  • non-governmental organisations
  • media and journalism
  • analytical, research or strategic roles in business, including investment
  • academic research.


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Whether you’re a social science graduate or a working professional, the MSc in Public Policy & Management will provide the skills you need to evaluate policy options for public services. Read more

Whether you’re a social science graduate or a working professional, the MSc in Public Policy & Management will provide the skills you need to evaluate policy options for public services.

Although we’re based in the heart of London, the course has an international outlook. Whether you’re a working professional or a recent social science graduate, our comparative focus will give you a solid understanding of public policy around the world.

The skills you’ll learn will apply to a whole range of careers around the world – in the public and voluntary sectors, or at NGOs.

Key benefits

  • Our links with governments, public sector organisations, NGOs, and policymakers mean there will be plenty of inspiring speakers throughout your course.
  • Being in the centre of London, there are countless opportunities for internships and first-hand experience.
  • We don’t just focus on theory – we emphasise practical application of ideas, from HR management to designing programme evaluations.

Description

We want our graduates to have an impact, so we place a strong emphasis on effective provision of public services. You’ll be able to evaluate real world policies and learn lessons from the “new public management”.

You’ll take a variety of compulsory modules:

  • Organisation and Management of the Public Services
  • Economics of the Public Services
  • The Public Policy-Making Process
  • Research Methods in Public Policy & Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship

There are regular opportunities for networking and getting more involved in the subject. Lots of your course will be delivered as seminars with senior policymakers from government. Our alumni organise events, including seminars for students, and there are collaborative internships available.

Course purpose

We want you to be able to deliver the highest quality public services. So this course will equip you with the skills to really understand policy options.

You’ll study theoretical concepts, and analyse real-world policies, to discover what this means for managers and policymakers in the working world.

Course format and assessment

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Throughout your degree you are assessed by a variety of methods, which include written examinations, coursework and individual or group projects and presentations for the taught modules. The nature of assessment varies by module.

Assignment feedback is provided within four working weeks of submission.

Assessment may also include Formative Assessments (formative assessment is not-for-credit; your final mark for the module will rest solely on your summative assessment).

Career prospects

Examples of past student's current occupations include: working in the policy and analysis section of a large London embassy; health service management positions with responsibility for multi-million pound budgets; policy adviser to the chairman of a major transport organisation; senior analyst in the ministry of industry and trade of a developing country; member of a national legislature; policy development for a large NGO; running a policy website. Students have usually progressed to higher level management positions and overseas students typically return home to new fast-track governmental and public service positions which build on their expertise.



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Our Climate Change. Environment, Science & Policy MSc course is an opportunity for graduates of geography, physical sciences, engineering and computer sciences to explore specific issues relating to climate and environmental change at an advanced level. Read more

Our Climate Change: Environment, Science & Policy MSc course is an opportunity for graduates of geography, physical sciences, engineering and computer sciences to explore specific issues relating to climate and environmental change at an advanced level. You will explore a wide range of critical topics focusing on human-originated influences on the terrestrial, hydrological and atmospheric environments, and their biological, physical and societal consequences.

Key benefits

  • Gain an up-to-date understanding of the nature and processes of environmental changes occurring in Earth’s terrestrial, hydrological and atmospheric environments.
  • Study the methods used to examine the potential future consequences of environmental changes.
  • Learn to evaluate and analyse environmental change research critically and reflect on the strengths and weaknesses and potential societal implications of the science.
  • Develop an understanding of the scientific evidence needed for policymakers and society to respond to the problems associated with global and regional environmental changes impacting the Earth.

Description

The Climate Change: Environment, Science & Policy MSc is a flexible course allowing you to study either a Policy or a Science pathway. Our course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the processes and the nature of environmental changes occurring in the Earth’s terrestrial, hydrological and atmospheric environments. You will also develop essential research, analysis and critical-thinking skills that will help you to understand and interpret scientific evidence and also respond to the problems associated with global and regional environmental changes in the Earth’s system.

The study course is made up of optional and required modules and you must take the minimum of 180 credits for the course. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your course will take two years to complete. You will take the required combination of required and optional modules over this period of time, with the dissertation in your second year.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We will teach you through a combination of lectures and seminars, and you will typically have 20 hours of this per module. We also expect you to undertake 180 hours of independent study for each module. For your 12,000 word dissertation, we will provide four workshops and five hours of one-to-one supervision to complement your 587 hours of independent study.

As part of a two-year schedule, part-time students typically take the required 40-credit taught module and 40 credits of optional module in year 1. They will then take a 60 credit dissertation module and 40 credit optional modules in year 2. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

Performance on taught modules in the Geography Department is normally assessed through essays and other written assignments, oral presentations, lab work and occasionally by examination, depending on the modules selected. All students also undertake a research-based dissertation of 12,000 words.

Career prospects

Our MSc is designed to prepare you for a career in environmental change research, consultancy and/or policy development. It provides interdisciplinary research training for those going onto a PhD in environmental and/or Earth system science within King's or elsewhere, and students entering the job market immediately after graduation are expected to be highly marketable in three main areas: local and national governmental and non-governmental agencies (eg Environment Agency, County Councils, Nature Conservancies); environmental consultancies and businesses (eg environmental informatics providers; environmental businesses - including carbon trading; insurance; waste management and energy industries), and policy development organisations (eg such government departments as Defra). The Seminars in Environmental Research, Management and Policy module offers you the chance to hear and meet practitioners in many of these key areas.



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Our China & Globalisation MSc provides an introduction to the causes and consequences of China’s rise from comparative and global perspectives. Read more

Our China & Globalisation MSc provides an introduction to the causes and consequences of China’s rise from comparative and global perspectives. It will equip you with the conceptual and research tools necessary for the critical analysis of China’s social and economic trends, and support your understanding of Chinese public policies, business strategies and modes of international cooperation.

Key benefits

  • Offers you a theoretically informed understanding of contemporary China, focusing on the interactions of economic, political and social factors for sustainable development.
  • A wide range of optional modules which draw on expertise from across King’s.
  • We accept students from a wide range of academic backgrounds, and previous knowledge of China and Chinese languages is not necessary.
  • You can substitute one taught module for an internship and a related written assignment where available. Our Internships Office will help in identifying suitable opportunities.

 Description

The ‘rise’ of China over the past three decades raises challenging questions about the relationships between politics and market expansion, international cooperation, business innovations, and cultural and social developments. Our course will provide you with the conceptual and research tools to critically understand these relationships from comparative and global perspectives.

Our MSc is based in our Lau China Institute and benefits from a growing and dynamic staff strongly committed to research and teaching. They combine expertise in Chinese history and politics with specialisms in different theoretical traditions, including political science, economics, international relations, social anthropology and international business and corporate governance.

The expertise of the associates of the Lau China Institute spans international trade law, healthcare regulation and biomedicine innovations, film and media, and military and maritime strategies.

Our course is designed to provide you with high quality graduate research training for a career related to China. It aims to broaden and deepen your understanding of contemporary China and familiarise you with major research methods currently used in the field of China studies. Our MSc is a platform both for further graduate work or enhancing your employment prospects. You do not need language or subject knowledge to begin this course.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We will give you 20 hours of lectures and seminars per 20-credit module, and we will expect you to undertake 180 hours of independent study. For your dissertation, you will have four hours of one-to-one or group supervision, and you will undertake 596 hours of independent study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Per 20 credit module:

Lectures, seminars & feedback: Typically 20 hours

Self-study: 180 hours (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning).

Dissertation module:

Lectures, seminars & feedback: Four contact hours of one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors.

Self-study: 596 hours hours of self-study and project work.

Assessment

Most modules will be assessed by essay and by class participation and attendance or by an oral presentation if you fail the participation and attendance component. The dissertation module assessment will be on the dissertation alone (up to 12,000 words).

The required module Governing China and the Age of Globalisation will be assessed by an unseen three hour examination and a participation element.

Career prospects

This innovative course is designed to offer you practical and transferable skills for careers including academic research; entrepreneurship in public services and the private sector, including finance and investment, media and publishing; and leadership roles in international organisations and NGOs.



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Brazil in Global Perspective offers a distinctive approach to understanding recent changes in Brazil and the causes and impacts of its social, cultural, economic and political development. Read more
Brazil in Global Perspective offers a distinctive approach to understanding recent changes in Brazil and the causes and impacts of its social, cultural, economic and political development. Our programme equips you with conceptual and research tools for the critical analysis of contemporary issues in Brazil and allows you to study Brazil in global and comparative perspective.

Key benefits

• The first programme of its kind in the UK.
• An interdisciplinary perspective, allowing you to deepen your understanding of Brazil in a range of subject areas.
• A wide range of optional taught modules drawing on expertise from across King's.
• Internship module (recent internships: Rio Negócios, ABC Trust, Financial Times, Petrobras, Culturart, Eco Trancoso, Canning House, Anglo-Brazilian Society and British Embassy in Brazil.
• Professional skills training, careers guidance, networking events.
• Opportunities to learn Portuguese
• An opportunity to take modules offered by other Institutes in the School of Global Affairs (China, India, Russia and International Development).
• Our location in the heart of London brings outstanding advantages. You can enjoy excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities, unrivalled access to library and archival resources, and easy access to resources in Europe.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/brazil-in-global-perspective-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Our MSc programme offers you a distinctive approach to understanding recent changes in Brazil and the impact of its social, cultural, economic and political development. It includes examination of such issues as industrialisation, urbanisation, economic growth and globalisation; oscillation between military and civilian rule; mass movements demanding a variety of civil, political and economic rights; and complicated and contested constitutional, legal and political reforms.

- Course purpose -

Our programme provides you with high-quality postgraduate teaching and research training if you wish to specialise on Brazil, either out of academic interest or as preparation for a career related to the country. In addition to broadening and deepening your understanding of modern Brazil, our programme demonstrates the value of a variety of different theoretical perspectives and research methods used in the analysis of the country. Our programme also allows you to study Brazil in global and comparative perspective; on the one hand, it will be possible to compare Brazil with the emerging powers Russia, China and India by taking modules offered by the Russia, China and India Institutes; on the other, it will be possible to situate Brazil within its regional context by taking optional modules on Latin America.

- Course format and assessment -

Our programme consists of 180 credits: a 60-credit dissertation; 40 credits of taught core modules; at least 40 credits of optional modules from a list taught by the Brazil Institute; and up to 40 credits of optional modules from a list taught by affiliated departments, from complementary programmes, and from other schools.

The format of the taught modules in the Brazil Institute consists of 10 2-hour seminars followed by a 1-hour tutorial on alternate weeks. Students are expected to allow at least 6 hours per module per week for self-study time while continuously preparing for their dissertation throughout the year.

The majority of our modules are assessed on the basis of two essays, 1,500 words and 4,000 words, weighted at 25 per cent and 75 per cent respectively. Some modules are assessed by an essay and a presentation, for the dissertation a short research proposal followed by a 15,000-word thesis, while the internship module is assessed via one essay.

Career prospects

Our programme aims to prepare you for both research and non-academic professional careers in government, business and the corporate sector, international agencies and NGOs, and policy research.

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

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The Medicine, Health & Public Policy study course examines the political, economic, cultural and ethical dimensions of contemporary trends in medicine, biosciences and health. Read more

The Medicine, Health & Public Policy study course examines the political, economic, cultural and ethical dimensions of contemporary trends in medicine, biosciences and health. The multidisciplinary nature of the course creates an ideal study pathway for health professionals, graduates and policy-makers to gain an understanding of the complex relationships between medicine, science and society.

Key benefits

  • Internationally recognised faculty, who have trained across a range of disciplines from sociology, anthropology, geography, gerontology, socio-legal studies and political science to psychology, bioethics, philosophy, biology and medicine.
  • Covers a broad range of substantive topics and offers a wide selection of specialist options addressing critical social and ethical concerns.
  • You will learn to think analytically and independently about key issues and develop essential skills to support critical policy and qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Interdepartmental study course offers a varied and exciting range of research options.
  • Opportunities to join a thriving research community, to participate with active researchers in a range of extra-curricular events such as reading groups and roundtable discussions.

Description

The Medicine, Health and Public Policy course offers you flexibility with the choice to study either full or part-time. You will gain in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of the policy implications of developments in health and medicine from social scientific and ethical perspectives.

The course is made up of optional and required modules totalling 180 credits to complete the course, 60 credits will come from a dissertation of around 10,000 - 12,000 words.

If you are studying full-time you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your course will take two years to complete; Part-time MSc students will be expected to take The Politics of Health & Medicine, Critical Policy Research and one optional module in year one, with the remaining required modules taken in year two.

Course purpose

The MSc in Medicine, Health and Public Policy is ideal for health professionals, graduates in relevant disciplines, policy makers, those who work in governmental and non-governmental organisations, and anyone wishing to develop advanced, interdisciplinary understanding of the complex relationships between medicine, science and society. Teaching focuses on cutting-edge research within socio-ethical studies of health, medicine and public policy, and provides a firm grounding in the knowledge, analytical techniques and research methods used within advanced social research. In doing so, it equips students with a set of skills and understandings that are necessary for future careers in the fields of policymaking and regulation, in health-related governmental and non-governmental agencies, and in university teaching and research. 

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We will teach you through a combination of lectures and seminars, and you will typically have 15 hours of this per module over a 10 week term. We also expect you to undertake 135 hours of independent study for each module. For your Dissertation, we will provide three 2-hour workshops and sixteen 30-minutes supervisory sessions to complement your 591 hours of independent study. Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

The department assesses students on a combination of essays, written examinations, oral presentations and the dissertation. The nature of assessment varies by module. The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Career prospects

The MSc in Medicine, Health & Public Policy is ideal for health professionals, graduates in relevant disciplines, policy makers, those who work in governmental and non-governmental organisations and anyone wishing to develop advanced, interdisciplinary understanding of the complex relationships between medicine, science and society. Teaching focuses on cutting-edge research within socio-ethical studies of health, medicine and public policy, and provides a firm grounding in the knowledge, analytical techniques and research methods used within advanced social research. In doing so, it equips students with a set of skills and understandings that are necessary for future careers in the fields of policymaking and regulation, in health-related governmental and non-governmental agencies, and in university teaching and research.



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Our Leadership & Development MSc focuses on the issues that highlight leadership’s central position in the dynamics of development. Read more

Our Leadership & Development MSc focuses on the issues that highlight leadership’s central position in the dynamics of development. It will give you an understanding of the fundamentally important, yet under-researched, role that leadership plays in the developmental challenges that confront developing societies. 

 Key benefits

  • Innovative approach to the interdisciplinary study of leadership as it relates to development.
  • Opportunity to network with the African Leadership Centre’s (ALC) wide range of institutional partners that include universities, international organisations, and research and policy institutions from all over the world.
  • Taught by key intellectuals and experts on leadership, peace and security from both the global north and south.
  • Access to a broad selection of optional courses from across King’s, particularly our Global Institutes and the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy.
  • Interact with the ALC’s global network of renowned academics, practitioners and activists.

Description

Through our Leadership & Development MSc, you will investigate various forms of leadership from key individuals to institutions, including states and key international development organisations and networks. You will study the various patterns of development in developing societies, with some references to emerging economies and the developed world, in great detail, through the perspective of leadership. In addition to the focus on development and leadership, our course investigates area studies as it cross-references various developing regions including Africa, Asia and Latin America. Our course provides you with high-quality postgraduate training that builds your critical analysis skills and your independent judgement on leadership and development.

If you have an interest in understanding how leadership patterns interact with historical factors, local cultures and global influences as they inform and are informed by development outcomes and processes across the world, or if you are interested in the debate which surrounds the interaction between leadership and development globally, particularly in the global south, this course is ideal for you.

Course purpose

Our course provides high-quality postgraduate training that builds the capacity for critical analysis, independent judgement and engagement with critical audiences on leadership and development.

It will appeal to students with an interest in pertinent debates on the interaction between leadership and development globally, with an emphasis on the global south. As such, you will develop your skills for a career in academia, public and private sectors as well as with non-governmental and international organisations among others.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

For every 20-credit module we will typically provide 20 hours of lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 180 hours of independent study. For your dissertation, you will usually have 10 hours of discussion time with a tutor, and you will undertake 590 hours of independent study.

As part of their two-year schedule, part-time students typically take the Leadership & Society modules and 40 credits of optional modules in Year 1, and the Dissertation module and 40 credits of optional modules in Year 2. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

We assess our Leadership & Society module through two essays and one seminar presentation. We assess our 20-credit modules through two essays each. We will assess your dissertation through a 1,000-word dissertation outline and a 14,000-word piece of writing.

Career prospects

Our graduates use the skills and knowledge that they develop over the course of this course to build careers in further academic research, teaching, public and private sectors, transnational corporations, international organisations (UN, EU, AU and worldwide regional organisations) and non-governmental organisations.



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Our Security, Leadership & Society MSc looks at the mutually reinforcing links between security, leadership and society, especially in developing nations. Read more

Our Security, Leadership & Society MSc looks at the mutually reinforcing links between security, leadership and society, especially in developing nations. Through our course you will learn to understand the huge significance of leadership processes and outcomes in security efforts in the developing world and the impacts they have on society.

Key benefits

  • Innovative approach to the interdisciplinary study of leadership regarding peace and security.
  • Opportunity to network with the ALC’s wide range of institutional partners that include universities, international organisations, and research and policy institutions from across the world.
  • Teaching by key intellectuals and experts on leadership, peace and security from both the global north and south.
  • Access to a broad selection of optional courses across King’s, with emphasis on King’s Global Institutes and the School of Social Sciences & Public Policy.
  • Global network of renowned academics, practitioners and activists.

Description

Our course in Security, Leadership & Society looks at the mutually reinforcing links between these topics, especially in developing nations at national, regional and continental levels. A key aspect of this course is exploring the enormous significance of leadership processes and outcomes in security and development efforts in the developing world. We bring together the various thematic strands to look at the nature of societal leadership and its impact on security within and across developing countries and regions. We have designed this course for students who have a deep interest in understanding how societal and leadership peculiarities can influence the nature of security. Our course provides high-quality postgraduate training that builds your critical analysis skills and your independent judgement. It will appeal to you if you have an interest in debates on the interaction between leadership, peace and security globally.

Course purpose

Our course provides high-quality postgraduate training that builds the capacity for critical analysis, independent judgement and engagement with critical audiences on security, leadership and society.

It will appeal to students with an interest in pertinent debates on the interaction between leadership, peace and security globally, with an emphasis on the global south. As such, you will develop your skills for a career in academia, public and private sectors as well as with non-governmental and international organisations among others.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

For every 20-credit module, we will provide 20 hours of lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 180 hours of independent study. For your dissertation, we will provide 10 hours of discussion time with your supervisor, and we will expect you to undertake 590 hours of independent study and project work. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

We assess our Leadership & Society module through two essays, an exam and a presentation. We assess our 20-credit modules through two essays, although this may be different for modules from other departments. Your dissertation will be a 1,000-word dissertation outline and a 14,000-word piece of writing.

Career prospects

Graduates of our MSc course use the skills and knowledge that they develop to build careers in further academic research, teaching, the public and private sectors, transnational corporations, international organisations (UN, EU, AU and worldwide regional organisations) and non-governmental organisations.



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