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Security, Leadership and Society MSc

Course Description

The programme looks at the mutually reinforcing links between Security, Leadership and Society, especially within developing nations at the national, regional and continental level. Students will understand the immense significance of leadership processes and outcomes in security efforts in the developing world and the impacts on society.

Key benefits

• Students are exposed to an innovative approach to the interdisciplinary study of Leadership as it relates to Peace and Security.

• Students gain the theoretical and practical knowledge relevant to future careers in NGOs, think tanks, academia and international bodies like the UN..

• Students will have the opportunity to network with the ALC's wide range of institutional partners that include: universities, international organisations and research and policy institutions across the world.

• Students are taught by key intellectuals and experts on leadership, peace and security from both the global North and South.

• Students have access to a broad selection of optional courses across King's with emphasis on the King's Global Institutes and the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy as part of their interdisciplinary studies.

• Students will be able to interact with the ALC's global network of renowned academics, practitioners and activists.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/security-leadership-and-society-msc-pg-dip.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Our programme looks at the mutually reinforcing links between security, leadership and society, especially within the developing nations at various strata: national, regional and continental. It is presented against the background of the immense significance of leadership processes and outcomes in security and development efforts in the developing world. Our MSc Security, Leadership and Society brings together the various thematic strands that examine the nature of societal leadership and its impact on security within and across developing countries and regions. It is envisaged for students who have deep interest in understanding how societal and leadership peculiarities can influence the nature of security.

- Course purpose -

Our programme 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 -

The core module is assessed by two essays (2,000 words each) carrying 45 per cent of the total mark; one 2-hour written examination carrying 45 per cent of the mark; and one seminar presentation carrying 10 per cent of the total mark. Your proactive engagement with the literature, acquisition of relevant knowledge and conclusive demonstration of intellectual skills and academic rigour will be tested through assessments of the quality of the two essays (with a combined mark of 45 per cent); one seminar presentation carrying 10 per cent; and the results of the written examination (carrying 45 per cent), which will involve two questions to be answered in 2 hours.

All 20-credit modules will be assessed by two essays (1,500 words and 3,000 words, respectively). These will account for 100 per cent of the mark.

The dissertation module assessment will be divided onto two pieces: a 1000-word dissertation outline and a 14,000-word dissertation.

Career prospects

Students on our MSc programme go on 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.

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 Security, Leadership and Society MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject. As a guideline for those with USA undergraduate qualifications, we are usually looking for a CGPA of above 3.3. Applicants with qualifications from other countries are welcomed, with further guidance available at View Website. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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