Taught course

Science and Security

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

It is increasingly important to understand the security implications of scientific and technological developments. While science and technology have always affected national and international security, current developments in the space, nuclear and biological weapons, and long-range missiles, as well as work in biotechnology and information technology suggest that science will exert a greater and more complex influence on security and policy planning. At the same time, individuals and sub-national groups have greater access to new technologies than ever before.

Our programme will provide you with an integrated understanding of science and politics. You will develop an understanding of the science underlying key weapons systems and technologies, the main concepts and tools of international politics and security studies, and the process by which scientists and policymakers can interact productively in the policy process. Our goal is to equip you to analyse the impact of current and future scientific developments on security.

You will have the opportunity to build on the required modules to focus on aspects of the historical and contemporary international security environment through optional modules and a dissertation on a topic of your choosing.

Our programme is ideal if you want to work at the interface of science and security policy. It will be of particular interest if you have a 'hard science' background and an interest in security issues; if you are a student of politics, history, international relations or strategic studies; if you have practical experience in the scientific field and wish to reflect on the wider issues and implications of your experience or make a career change from research to a policy-oriented field; and if you are a professional in areas such as defence, diplomacy and foreign affairs working on issues where science and technology set limits and offer opportunities to the policymaker.

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