International Relations and Contemporary War

King's College London

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24 months
9900 GBP/year
9900 GBP/year
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The International Relations and Contemporary War MA at King's College London offers you an opportunity to study international relations in a multi-disciplinary department devoted to the study of all aspects of contemporary war.


The International Relations and Contemporary War MA at King's College London will give you an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the historical evolution of the international system and of contemporary war, including changes that are currently taking place. 

Processes of globalisation, including the movement of monies and peoples, the impact of new technologies, the rise of identity politics, the rise of transnational or nonstate actors and transformations in the character of contemporary war all pose direct challenges to the state, the international system and global politics. These themes are considered in depth.

Course Purpose

To equip you with the capacity to engage critically with literature in the discipline of international relations and the capacity to think theoretically about problems and issues in contemporary war.

Key Benefits

  • An entirely web-delivered degree course that is available anytime, anywhere.
  • Be part of a world-leading department, a vibrant research community and an international student body, drawn from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds.
  • An academically rigorous course on which lecturers provide support and guidance.
  • You will develop the skills of in-depth and critical analysis, and become familiar with the latest research in the discipline.
  • Course materials include specially-written content, video, audio, images, maps, intensively used discussion forums and full access to the resources of our library’s extensive electronic holdings.
  • Maximum flexibility for you: access content and respond to discussion postings in your own time for each study unit.

Career prospects

We are very proud of our graduates. After completing our programmes, some of them have gone on to work in the following sectors:
  • Civil and foreign services, UN and NATO
  • Defence, security and strategic consultancies
  • Armed forces
  • International law organizations
  • Organizations operating in conflict zones, such as charities, NGOs and aid agencies
  • Commercial organizations in investment, the financial or oil and resources sectors
  • Media and publishing
  • Teaching

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • International Relations & Contemporary War: Theories & Concepts 
  • International Relations & Contemporary War: Problems & Issues 
  • African Security 
  • Conflicts in Russia & the Post-Soviet Space 
  • History of Contemporary Warfare: the Early Cold War, 1945-75

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:1 Undergraduate honours degree in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject. 
  • Degrees in other subjects, or candidates with lower awards than those above, may be considered: strong references and personal statements are an important part of the application, as is relevant working experience. 
  • An alternative professional or other qualification obtained by a formal examination may be approved.
  • Personal Statement.
  • Previous Academic Study.
  • Two references are required with at least one academic.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9900 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9900 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.


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International Relations and Contemporary War
King's College London