Taught course

International Relations

King's College London · Department of War Studies

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree with a high 2:1 honours (i.e. overall average of at least 67% across all years of study) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Our International Relations MA is an opportunity to explore in depth a range of cutting edge topics including globalisation, ethics and human rights, the international political economy, war, political violence and security through the perspectives of politics and international relations, philosophy and social theory. You will be taught by some of the world’s leading International Relations experts, who will help you to develop the skills to undertake an extended research project on a topic of your choice.

Key benefits:

  • Unique opportunity to study in a multidisciplinary department devoted to the study of all aspects of war and conflict and the broad remit of international relations.
  • Develop skills of in-depth and critical analysis of international politics and world affairs, and become familiar with the latest, cutting-edge research in the discipline alongside up to date knowledge of world events as they unfold, including the new dimensions of international relations arising due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the rise of Chinese power, both military and economic.
  • You will be taught by some of the very best academics in the field. Our Department staff publish world-leading research and are committed to offering outstanding research-led teaching and training.
  • Be part of a vibrant research community of world-renowned staff and an international student body who are drawn from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds.
  • A chance to network and connect with visiting academics, government ministers, diplomats and other experts who are part of our War Studies community and give regular public lectures and seminars.
  • An opportunity to take advantage of our extensive and continually growing network of links with other departments, think-tanks, organisations, policymaking bodies and institutions both in the UK and abroad.
  • A focus on conceptual, methodological and analytical issues at the heart of international relations, will equip you with the forensic skills and in-depth knowledge required by a variety of professions.
  • Graduates from this programme have gone on to found careers in a variety of fields, including the UK government and security services, Non-Governmental Organisations, the EU, NATO, the UN (and its many agencies), academia, global charities, such as Oxfam, Greenpeace, and Amnesty International and multi-national corporations.
  • Our unrivalled location in the heart of London beside the River Thames brings outstanding advantages, including close proximity to the Royal Courts of Justice, leading NGOs and research institutions, Westminster and London’s legal quarter.

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

Postgraduate Officer
+44 (0)20 7848 7000