24 months
1470 GBP/module
1470 GBP/module
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The need for understanding the global security landscape has never been more urgent. This online Global Security Master’s will equip you with the skills to think about security issues holistically and to find practical solutions to the dilemmas they pose. Expect to discover physical threats to our establishments and governments and how our humanity is threatened, from human rights to radicalisation.

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During the 21st Century, security threats have multiplied exponentially across the world. They range from the traditional, such as strategic competition, nuclear proliferation and global responses to terrorism, to the more contemporary, such as loss of biodiversity, climate change and threats to human security. We’ll also cover global power balances and inequalities between the Global North and the Global South in a post-colonial world. This online Global Security Master’s will equip you with the skills to think about these security issues holistically and allow you to find practical solutions to the dilemmas they pose.

Through close engagement with world-class research and teaching conducted by the largest and most diverse collection of security studies scholars on the planet, you’ll expand your conceptual understanding when thinking about security issues and threats. Utilising real-world case studies and scenarios, you’ll build the skills needed to effectively negotiate the often-competing demands of securing people, states and the natural environment in a complex global context.

Key benefits

  • Expand your conceptual toolbox for thinking about contrasting and sometimes conflicting perspectives of security and the challenges of providing security sustainably.
  • Highly relatable to the world today, you’ll discover security in relation to contemporary issues, such as pandemics, immigration and threats to biodiversity, as well as deterrence and new forms of war.
  • Build practical skills using case studies and real-world scenarios, including mock policy papers, podcasts and debates.
  • Discover different ways of thinking about security with our foundational modules.
  • Undertake a range of optional modules to suit your interests and career ambitions.

Programme Structure

You’re required to take the following four modules for the PG Cert, PG Dip and MA programmes:

  • Security Studies Theories & Approaches 
  • Security Structures & Processes 
  • Human Security: Intersections & Inequalities 
  • Science & Security 

MA students are also required to take the following three modules:

  • Introduction to Critical Methodologies 
  • Critical Engagement with Literature 
  • Dissertation 

PG Dip students can choose to take four of the following modules (there’s an opportunity to switch some modules for our International Affairs modules* if that suits your interests):

  • Global Security Challenges: Threats to the Ecosystem, Pandemics & Migration 
  • Geopolitics & Rising Powers 
  • Conflict, Security & Justice
  • Law, Ethics & Human Rights 
  • Introduction to Critical Methodologies 
  • Critical Engagement with Literature 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS


180 alternative credits
  • MA: 180 credits
  • PG Dip: 120
  • PG Cert: 60



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

Minimum requirements: 2:1 honours undergraduate degree in any subject.

Candidates who achieve 2:2 honours but have relevant professional or voluntary experience may be considered. A CV and reference will be required at the point of application.

Candidates without a degree but presenting with demonstrable significant work experience in a related area may also be considered. A CV, reference and 500 word written statement addressing the question “What are the key global security issues facing the world today? How might they be studied in a rigorous fashion?” will be required at the point of application.

Applicants will be expected to have strong critical reasoning skills and the ability to construct a sound argument in order to be successful on this programme.

Tuition Fee

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    1470 GBP/module
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    Based on the tuition of 1470 GBP per module during 24 months.
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    1470 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1470 GBP per module during 24 months.

Your fees will be charged per module as you progress through the course. In the 2022/23 Academic Year modules will be charged at £1,470 per module. In the 2023/24 Academic Year modules will be charged at £1,544.

The number of modules you take will be determined by your chosen award as outlined below:

  • Postgraduate Certificate: 4 modules
  • Postgraduate Diploma: 8 modules
  • Master of Arts: 12 modules

Tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase (capped at 5%) each academic year in line with King's College London's terms and conditions. Each increase comes into effect in September of each year. 


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