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International Peace and Security

12 months
29310 GBP/year
16200 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA International Peace and Security at King's College London is the only MA in the UK which provides an integrated study of international law with international politics relevant to the contemporary world.


The MA International Peace and Security at King's College London consists of a broad-based, multidisciplinary curriculum, focusing on law and conflict in international society and contemporary security issues. It is ideal if you are looking for a career in international organisations, government departments, political risk, the financial sector, further research/PhD or professional legal studies.

Our course was launched by the School of Law and the Department of War Studies – two long-standing and world-leading academic departments within King’s - in response to the rapidly changing world after the Cold War. It enables students to gain vital insight into major world events through the lens of international law, international politics and strategy. The specialist course draws on the strengths of War Studies and Law to provide an integrated study of international law and international politics relevant to the contemporary world.

Our MA will give students of international relations, historians and political scientists a deeper knowledge of international law. It will narrow the existing gap between international lawyers and international relations specialists as well as educate individuals interested in forging a career in international organisations (both inter-governmental and non-governmental), government, or as teachers of international law and politics.

Key benefits

  • The opportunity to choose from a wide range of optional modules available within the Department of War Studies, and from a handful of carefully selected law modules (from within the Law School which may vary from one year to another) that are made exclusively available to International Peace and Security MA students each year.
  • Develop skills beyond the expected academic ones, including group and team work, report, policy and situation analysis, as well as the unique opportunity to acquire peace and conflict field skills training delivered in conjunction with the major international NGO -International Alert.
  • Graduates predominantly go on to work in fields such as international organisations, government departments and diplomacy, defence and scientific research, international criminal law, research — including academic, risk analysis and international NGOs, and commerce and finance.
  • An unrivalled location in central London close to the Royal Courts of Justice, leading NGOs and research institutions, Westminster and London’s legal quarter.

Career prospects

War Studies Graduates go on to work for NGOs, the FCO, the MOD, the Home Office, NATO, the UN or pursue careers in journalism, finance, academia, the diplomatic services, the armed forces and more. Recent posts held by our alumni include Threat Analyst, Director of Political Violence Forecasting, Research Advisor at NATO Defence College, Foreign Policy Fellow.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • International Law & War
  • Transitional Justice And International Criminal Law
  • Political Philosophy & International Law
  • Migration, Conflict & Politics 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum high 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 65% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 65% or above in the UK marking scheme.
  • 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. 
  • One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
  • Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29310 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29310 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    16200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16200 GBP per year during 12 months.


  • Home/UK fees: £8,100 per year  
  • Overseas fees: £14,655 per year 

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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