International Relations, M.A. | King's College London | London, United Kingdom
12 months
31080 GBP/year
17220 GBP/year
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The International Relations MA at King's College London is an opportunity to explore in-depth the topics of globalisation, ethics and human rights, the international political economy, war, political violence and security through the contending perspectives of politics and international relations, philosophy and social theory. 


The International Relations MA at King's College London will provide you with an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the forces shaping the world and of the challenges that these pose both to individual states and to the international community. 

The movement of monies and peoples, the emergence of network organisations that transcend state boundaries, the impact of a global media and information technology, the rise of identity politics, regional integration, as well as warfare on a global scale, have all had a transformative impact on the state, inter-state relations and global politics.

Key benefits

  • Unique opportunity to study in a multidisciplinary department devoted to the study of all aspects of war and conflict and the broad remit of international relations.
  • Develop skills of in-depth and critical analysis of international politics and world affairs, and become familiar with the latest, cutting-edge research in the discipline alongside up to date knowledge of world events as they unfold, including the new dimensions of international relations arising due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the rise of Chinese power, both military and economic.
  • You will be taught by some of the very best academics in the field. Our Department staff publish world-leading research and are committed to offering outstanding research-led teaching and training.
  • Be part of a vibrant research community of world-renowned staff and an international student body who are drawn from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds.
  • A chance to network and connect with visiting academics, government ministers, diplomats and other experts who are part of our War Studies community and give regular public lectures and seminars.
  • An opportunity to take advantage of our extensive and continually growing network of links with other departments, think-tanks, organisations, policymaking bodies and institutions both in the UK and abroad.

Career prospects

War Studies Graduates go on to work for NGOs, the FCO, the MOD, the Home Office, the European Union, NATO, the UN and other international organisations 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, Researcher in NGOs such as Amnesty International and Oxfam.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Theories, Concepts & Methods in International Relations
  • War & Insurgency in the Middle East since 1945 
  • Transdisciplinary approaches to (In)Security 
  • Transitional Justice And International Criminal Law  
  • Power-Sharing Agreements in Deeply Divided Societies

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 67% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 67% 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

    31080 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 31080 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    17220 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17220 GBP per year during 12 months.


  • Home fees: £8,610 per year  
  • Overseas fees:£15,540 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.


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