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Air Power in the Modern World MA

Course Description

Air Power in the Modern World aims to provide graduate students worldwide with a comprehensive and up-to-the-minute understanding of military theory and operations between 1945 and today, with special reference to the role of air power in integrated (joint) contexts.

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/apply/taught-courses.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

MA Air Power in the Modern World is a flexible, modular master's programme, rich in media and reading resources, delivered entirely online viaKing's College London Virtual Learning Environment. You will interact with an engaging and lively community of fellow graduates, from a wide variety of backgrounds.

It will equip you to engage critically with scholarly debate about the conduct and nature of contemporary warfare from an air power perspective, and to understand the contexts in which modern military operations take place.

- Study -

Modules are divided into five units, each studied for two weeks. Within each unit, students read online authored content and follow links to extensive readings and other resources. Selected students then post a draft response to the unit Short Essay question, and this draft forms the basis of a lively and intensive asynchronous (message-board style) online discussion within the tutor group, continuously moderated by the tutor. At the end of this discussion, the selected students revise their Short Essays for submission.

All students also complete an individual Long Essay for each module, due after all units are complete.

After studying the required number of modules, you complete an individual dissertation, which forms the final element of your degree programme.

- Delivery and duration -

The entire MA Air Power in the Modern World programme is delivered online, via the King's College London Virtual Learning Environment (KEATS); there is no requirement for students to attend King's or even to be resident in the UK.

The programme timetable is based on three semesters per academic year (September-December, January-March and April-June), with students normally completing one taught module per term. Students usually take two years to complete the required taught modules, followed by an additional six months to complete the 15,000-word dissertation. It may be possible for you to complete the programme in a shorter time if circumstances and teaching arrangements allow.

You will need to allow 10-15 hours work per week for each 11-week semester to complete the taught modules.

- Course purpose -

MA Air Power in the Modern World aims to offer an engaging, well-designed and flexible online master's degree in war studies to qualified graduate students, both civilian and military, who share an interest in air power.

- Course format and assessment -

Assessment for taught modules consists of:

- one short essay (1,500 words) from a choice of essay questions (25% of the module assessment)
- one long essay (3,000 words) from a choice of essay questions (75% 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, one teaches part-time at King’s.

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

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

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4585.jpg "The support system on the course is excellent; students are split into small tutor groups and each tutor provides hands-on guidance, support and instruction. The online, networked nature of the course means that interaction with your tutor can take place at any time."


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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