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International Relations and Contemporary War MA

Course Description

International Relations and Contemporary War offers graduate students worldwide a unique opportunity to study International Relations in a multi-disciplinary Department devoted to the study of all aspects of contemporary war.

Key benefits

•An entirely web-delivered degree programme that is available 24 hours/day and can be studied anywhere in the world.
• Part of a world-leading Department, vibrant research community, and an international student body, drawn from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds.
• Innovative and academically rigorous programme on which lecturers provide support and guidance.
• Develop skills of in-depth and critical analysis, and become familiar with the latest, cutting-edge research in the discipline.
• Course materials include authored content, video, audio, images, maps, and intensively used discussion forums and 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/international-relations-and-contemporary-war-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Our MA in International Relations & Contemporary War provides an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the historical evolution of the international system and contemporary war, including contemporary changes underway. Processes of globalisation, including the movement of monies and peoples, the impact of new technologies, the rise of identity politics, the rise of transnational or non-state actors, and transformations in the character of contemporary war all pose direct challenges to the state, the international system and global politics.

The programme provides you with advanced training in the conceptual and theoretical debates within the discipline of international relations with an explicit focus on how they apply to problems and issues in contemporary war. You develop an appreciation of the historical development of the discipline and engage critically with contemporary scholarship in international relations. The aim is to provide you with the capacity to engage critically with the literature in the field of international relations and the ways in which this literature applies to the study of contemporary war.

- Course purpose -

To equip you with the capacity to engage critically with literature in the discipline of international relations and the capacity to think theoretically about problems and issues in contemporary war.

- 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

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 Relations and Contemporary War MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree or GPA above 3.3 (USA) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject. Degrees in other subjects, or candidates with lower awards than those above, may be considered. Strong references and personal statements are an important part of the application, as is relevant working experience. An alternative professional qualification obtained by a formal examination may be approved. Prior experiential learning can also be taken into consideration by admissions. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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