Examines the causes, processes and effects of weapons proliferation, the evolution and effectiveness of the international non-proliferation regime and the way in which proliferation influences other issues in international relations. This programme utilises knowledge and tools of analysis from history, political science, the hard sciences, philosophy and sociology.
- Drawing on the strengths of the Department of War Studies, this programme is multidisciplinary, utilising knowledge and tools of analysis from history, political science, the hard sciences, philosophy and sociology.
- Through guest speakers and when possible, field trips, the programme also draws on the broad range of expertise available in government and the NGO community.
- The Centre for Science and Security Studies, located within the Department of War Studies, provides a vibrant home for the MA, with its own speaker series and a growing cadre of PhD students and researchers. When possible, the Centre also offers internships on current research projects; students are also encouraged to apply for internships at other London-based institutions working in the field, such as the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC) and IISS.
- The 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.
- The Department places 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, policy-making bodies and institutions.
Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/non-proliferation-and-international-security-ma-.aspx
- Description -
The development and spread of weapons technology has been and continues to be of central importance in international relations, with today’s growing concerns about the spread of chemical, biological and nuclear (CBN) weapons and their means of delivery to both state and non-state actors. Our MA programme enables you to examine the causes, processes and effects of weapons proliferation, the evolution and effectiveness of the international non-proliferation regime, and the way in which proliferation influences other key issues in international relations, including the causes of war and peace, military doctrine and strategy, and the rise (and possible decline) of the state as the central actor in international relations. Our programme is composed of a core module plus a choice of optional modules and a dissertation, and provides an ideal base for further academic or policy research or any career involving critical analysis.
Our MA programme is designed as a one-year full-time or two year part-time taught programme which offers you the opportunity to engage critically with ideas in international relations and social and political thought concerned with the study of conflict and peace, and their application to empirical case-study material. The compulsory module applies these ideas to the issue of proliferation. The various options available will allow you to broaden your programme of study by taking other contemporary or historical options offered by the department, or to focus on proliferation by taking specialised options that are being developed.
- Course purpose -
Our programme is for graduates and professionals with an interest in understanding the causes, processes and effects of weapons proliferation, the evolution and effectiveness of the international non-proliferation regime, and the way in which proliferation influences other key issues in international relations.
- 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, 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.
Whilst this is not a vocational programme, students on MA programmes in the department have gone on to build careers in further academic research, NGOs, civil service, NATO, UN, media and publishing, finance and investment, teaching, and the armed forces.
How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx
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