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International Relations & Contemporary War MA

King's College London, University of London

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date

    Online/Distance learning,Part-time

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary


Our online MA programme provides you with a critical, in depth and nuanced understanding of international relations and contemporary war. It combines theory and practice, providing in depth and advanced engagement with theories of international relations combined with investigation and analysis of contemporary conflicts. It will equip you with the tools to tackle some of the most pressing global challenges.

You will be taught by world-leading experts in International Relations and Security Studies, who will help you to develop the skills to undertake an extended research project on a topic of your choice.

This programme is fully online, meaning that you can access our high standard of teaching and expert staff from anywhere in the world, and is designed to be flexible and fit around your work and life commitments.


Studying international relations and contemporary war has never been more crucial. The world is in the midst of dealing with perhaps its greatest challenge this century with a global pandemic underway. But there are also a range of other old and new challenges that have enormous repercussions for our lives, politics, economics, and societies. 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 nonstate actors and transformations in the character of contemporary war all pose direct challenges to the state, the international system and global politics.

Our MA programme will equip you with the knowledge, skills and tools to tackle the challenges facing the world today and into the future. You will develop advanced and in-depth understanding of contemporary international politics and security and the knowledge and skills you need to become a leader in the field.

The International Relations and Contemporary War MA is delivered 100% online by a world-renowned and multidisciplinary department devoted to the study of war and security in all its dimensions. Our students benefit from cutting-edge research-led teaching in a broad range of subjects, such as the evolution of war, strategy and security, theories and contemporary problems of international relations, international law, war, ethics and justice, intelligence, insurgency and counter-insurgency, and regional specialisms covering Africa, Asia, Russia, the Middle East and elsewhere.

Career prospects

We are very proud of our graduates. After completing our programmes, some of them have gone on to work in the following sectors:

  • Civil and foreign services, UN and NATO
  • Defence, security and strategic consultancies
  • Armed forces
  • International law organizations
  • Organizations operating in conflict zones, such as charities, NGOs and aid agencies
  • Commercial organizations in investment, the financial or oil and resources sectors
  • Media and publishing
  • Teaching

Application deadline

31 July 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 10,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

King's College London, University of London

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    King's College London, University of London, Strand, Westminster, WC2R 2LS, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    13th out of 85 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    192 88%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74 74%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.94 79%



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