Taught course

Geopolitics, Resources and Territory

King's College London · Department of Geography

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above.

If you have a lower degree classification, or a degree in an unrelated subject, your application may be considered if you can demonstrate significant relevant work experience, or offer a related graduate qualification (such as a Masters or PGDip).

Months of entry


Course content

This Geopolitics, Resources and Territory MA is a unique multidisciplinary programme that has a dual focus on the territorial and resource-related aspects of inter-state relations, bringing together the legal side of things in as much detail as the social sciences. It delivers research-led teaching on critical and fundamental questions relating to international boundaries, sovereignty disputes and environmental geopolitics. This is supplemented with teaching and guidance from leading external practitioners in the field of international dispute resolution and environmental management.

You’ll study a topic that has been taught at King’s for 24 years. This MA programme draws on the wealth of experience of its successful predecessor, the Geopolitics, Territory and Security MA, which has produced alumni in the fields of international civil service and diplomacy, international law, academia, NGOs and specialised political and security risk agencies.

You’ll be taught by leading academic specialists with extensive policy networks and experience and practising international lawyers to gain an understanding that goes above and beyond traditional international relations perspectives. You won’t just learn about geopolitics - you’ll study the causes of international strife, the consequences of it, and the solutions.

You’ll learn how to apply critical scrutiny of resource and territorial disputes involving - as you might expect in a geography department - a clear focus on their spatial manifestations. You’ll also be exposed to cutting edge debates on border disputes, water diplomacy and major global drivers of geopolitical change.

You’ll examine a range of issues, ranging from topical issues such as water conflicts to long-standing themes like the creation and maintenance of international boundaries and borders at different scales. You’ll also study the factors that drive contemporary territorial disputes, and how the scarcity of natural resources impact this.

At the end of this Geopolitics, Resources and Territory MA, you’ll become skilled at geopolitical and political geographic analysis and able to contextualise these issues within the wider social sciences, and the relevant aspects of international law.

When you graduate, you will join an alumni network that has gone on to work in the FCTO, in international NGOs involved in dispute resolution, international law firms, and departments of the United Nations and the European Union.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7123 4843