Taught course

International Conflict Studies

King's College London · Department of War Studies

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree with high 2:1 honours (i.e. overall average of at least 65% across all years of study) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject.

Months of entry


Course content

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 and philosophical 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 with the application of social and political theory in developing an understanding of the origins, dynamics and governance of international and transnational conflict and political violence.

Key benefits

  • 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 own 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, Imperial War Museum, National Maritime Museum, 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 in non-governmental organisations, such as Amnesty International.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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