MA in International Conflict Studies
King's College London - Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
London, United Kingdom
1 - 2 year
Full time, Part time
GBP 33,258 / per year *
10 Mar 2024
Earliest start date
* UK students: £18,258 per year | International students: £33,258 per year
Our MA in International Conflict Studies provides you with a critical, in-depth and nuanced understanding of international conflict and security. It aims to combine theory and practice, providing advanced engagement with the theoretical aspects of the subject as well as training in the investigation and analysis of specific cases of conflict, violence and security. It enables you to engage critically in developing an understanding of the origins, dynamics and governance of international and transnational conflict and political violence.
- Our 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 research in international conflict and security
- The course is run by leading scholars in International Relations, specialising in critical conflict and security studies
- This unique Master's course provides you with the intellectual tools and research skills necessary for career advancement. These include a capacity for advanced critical engagement with research in international conflict and security studies, the ability to analyse complex socio-political contexts of conflict and security, and a knowledge of qualitative research methodologies
- You will gain analytical research experience and the capacity to conduct your research, working individually and as part of a team
- Assignments are designed to strengthen your written, oral, and visual presentation and debating skills
- You have access to visiting lectures and seminars provided by academics and practitioners in the fields of security, migration, human rights, humanitarian law, diplomacy, and surveillance practices, to name but a few
- Our unrivalled location in the heart of London beside the River Thames brings outstanding advantages and excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities. We are close to the seat of government, the City of London, the Imperial War Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court
- Our graduates succeed in a broad range of sectors, including international organisations such as the UN, or NATO, government, policy think tanks, journalism, academia, transnational corporations, or non-governmental organisations, such as Amnesty International
You will begin this International Conflict Studies MA with the core module on the theories and methods of global governance of conflict and security. It is a research-led module that is taught by academics who are actively researching in this field and will give you a foundational understanding of this topic.
You will consider conflict with a broad, international focus. For example, you will look at the politics of identity and how it relates to the emergence of violent conflict, and how security influences human rights and migration policies. You will also learn about the relationship between language and violent conflict, the ethical and political implications of different approaches to studying this topic, and how differences in race, culture and gender intersect with conflict, violence and security.
You can hone your expertise when you select your optional modules. For example, you could study war and insurgency in the Middle East since 1945 or the international politics of the region, or choose to learn about propaganda or power-sharing agreements in deeply divided societies.
You will then write a dissertation on the topic of your choice. This will enable you to deepen your analytical and research skills and also to develop your expertise in your chosen domain.
Throughout your studies, you will be approaching the topic of conflict and security from a diversity of perspectives. This could be applying lenses such as feminism, racism, materialism, globalisation, post-colonialism and more, to shine a light on conflict and understand it from different contexts. This will help you to gain a deeper understanding of how different communities are impacted by conflict and the innovative ways to deal with it.
During this International Conflict Studies MA, you will be based in the Department of War Studies. It is one of the only multidisciplinary academic departments in the world to focus solely on the complexities of conflict and security.
This means that all War Studies students benefit from research-led teaching in such subjects as the history and evolution of war and grand strategy, arms control and non-proliferation, migration, strategic thought, cyber, conflict and the environment, the influence of science and technology on international security, along with regional specialisms covering Africa, Asia (East and South), Russia and elsewhere.
This degree can be taken as part of a joint arrangement with our partner institution, Sciences Po that offers a graduate programme in International Affairs. Please see the Teaching & Structure tab above for more information.
Duration: One year full-time, September to September, two years part-time
Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180 credits.
Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180 credits.
You are required to take the following modules:
- The Global Governance of Conflict & Security: Theories & Methods (30 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)
In addition, you are required to take 90 credits from a wide range of optional modules that may typically include:
- War and Insurgency in the Middle East since 1945 (30 credits)
- Dirty Wars Covert Wars, Political Warfare, and National Security (30 credits)
- Power-Sharing Agreements in Deeply Divided Societies (15 credits)
- Negotiation, Mediation and Dialogue (30 credits)
- International Politics of the Middle East (30 credits)
- Propaganda (15 credits)
- Or choose from a range of optional modules available within the Department of War Studies.
Please Note: the optional modules available change each year and are therefore only made accessible to enrolled students during the module allocation process.
At the start of the programme, you will be asked to select several optional modules in preference order. The department will then allocate you the required number of optional credits. Please note, that whilst we endeavour to give all students their top choice preferences, this will not always be possible due to limited spaces on each module.
As a part-time student, in your first year, you will take The Global Governance of Conflict & Security: Theories & Methods and up to 60 credits worth of optional modules. In your second year, you will write your dissertation (60 credits) and make up the remaining credits from optional modules.
King’s College London reviews the modules offered regularly to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, the modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.
Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place for all students who elect to study this module.
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You will have the chance to meet and hear about the career paths and trajectories of International Conflict Studies MA alumni through several career panels organised throughout the year.
War Studies Graduates go on to work for NGOs, the FCO, the MOD, the Home Office, NATO, and the UN, or pursue careers in journalism, finance, academia, the diplomatic services, the armed forces, and more. Recent posts held by our alumni include Threat Analyst, Director of Political Violence Forecasting, Research Advisor at NATO Defence College, and Foreign Policy Fellow.