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Strategic Communications, MA/PG Cert/ PG Dip

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #33 (QS) , | ,
In the MA Strategic Communications course at King's College London you will learn how states and their governments communicate in international politics and how they shape long term strategies in a range of fields from military to diplomatic to aid and development.

About

The aim of this MA Strategic Communications course at King's College London is to enhance your knowledge of national and geopolitics today seen through the lens of strategic communications. 

This includes preparing for conflict between states or with insurgent groups, communicating a path during hostilities, transitioning through post-conflict situations and also how states use diplomacy, culture and economics to manage the peace and avoid conflict and engage in treaty and trade negotiations. 

You will also encounter crisis communications: how to shape strategic responses to natural disasters, terror attacks, and military invasions. To appreciate this complex field from multiple perspectives, students will further discover how insurgent and revolutionary movements think about and put into practice their communications strategies with populations and states.

Along with subject matter expertise, students will develop transferable analytic, research and practical skills in a dynamic and rigorous intellectual environment.

Career prospects

Three students joined the UK Cabinet Office as Strategic Communicators and eight students became interns at NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, Latvia. Several interned with Communications companies in London. 

This new MA course equips students to think conceptually about Strategic Communications in the dynamic world of global affairs, then how to apply particular practices and techniques to working in the field.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Strategic Communications: Theory & Concepts 
  • Applied Strategic Communications
  • Strategic Communications: Theory & Concepts 
  • Applied Strategic Communications

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General 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.
  • A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. 
  • Two references are required with at least one academic.
  • Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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*MA Full-time

Full-time PG Dip

  • Home/EU: £8,200 
  • Overseas: £17,000 
Full-time PG Cert
  • Home/EU: £4,100 
  • Overseas: £8,500 
Part-time MA
  • Home/EU: £6,150 
  • Overseas: £12,750 

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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