Taught course

International Relations

King's College London · Department of War Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 first degree in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject or an equivalent qualification from a British or overseas university; GPA must be above 3.3 (USA). Applicants must have English language competence. However we offer a two year programme built around the department's existing MA programmes, and incorporating dedicated English language tuition.

Months of entry


Course content

Our International Relations MA will provide you with an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the forces shaping the world and of the challenges that these pose both to individual states and to the international community. The movement of monies and peoples, the emergence of network organisations that transcend state boundaries, the impact of a global media and information technology, the rise of identity politics, regional integration, as well as warfare on a global scale, have all had a transformative impact on the state, inter-state relations and global politics.

We will give you advanced training in the conceptual and theoretical debates within international relations and an awareness of a comprehensive range of approaches relevant to the study of global politics. You will develop an appreciation of the historical evolution of the discipline, from a focus on war in the international system to a broader view of the social, economic and political aspects of international relations in a globalised era.

You will engage with contemporary thought in the social sciences and humanities and consider how we may use these disciplines to understand the dynamics of change in social and political relations. We aim to develop your capacity to engage critically with the literature in the field and the ways in which this literature interprets the actual world of global politics.

Our programme is structured so that you can both specialise in international relations and concentrate on the aspects of global politics that interest you the most. You will study a module specifically devoted to international relations, and then you may choose from a range of optional courses to pursue your own interests. These modules reflect the research interests of our staff, allowing you to engage with the very latest research.

This programme is ideal if you are interested in pursuing postgraduate studies in the field of international relations and conflict studies. You will find this programme particularly interesting if you have a degree in political science, history, international relations, economics, if you have experience in development or if you have worked with international organisations.

Information for international students

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Fees and funding

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
+44 (0) 20 7848 1977 / 7203