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War, History and Diplomacy

24 months
11040 GBP/year
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The War, History and Diplomacy MA at King's College London offers a comprehensive examination of military conflict, international security issues, diplomatic practices and global geo-political change.


Our War, History and Diplomacy MA at King's College London will give you an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the historical evolution of warfare and international security and their contemporary conduct. The interdisciplinary configuration of this programme recognises the vital intersection between practices and ideas of war, security, and diplomacy, bringing together the disciplines of War Studies, History of War, and Diplomatic Studies. It is designed to equip you to engage critically with scholarly debates about the conduct, theory and nature of warfare, diplomacy, the relations between them, and to understand the global and regional contexts in which conflict and diplomatic interaction take place.

The course is structured so that you will first develop an understanding of warfare, security issues and geo-political changes. You can then choose optional modules, starting with diplomacy, and write your dissertation on a subject of your choice, giving you the opportunity to concentrate on those aspects of conflict and international relations that interest you most.

This MA is based in the Department of War Studies, one of the only academic departments in the world to focus solely on the complexities of conflict and security. War Studies is a multidisciplinary department and all War Studies students benefit from research-led teaching in a broad range of subjects, such as the history and evolution of war and strategy, theories and contemporary problems of international relations, international law, war, ethics and justice, intelligence in war and peace, insurgency and counter-insurgency, seapower, along with regional specialisms covering Africa, Russia, the Middle East and elsewhere.



Past students from this course have gone on to build careers in NGOs, civil services, NATO, the UN, media and publishing, finance and investment and teaching, as well as in the armed forces. A number of our students have had articles published in peer-reviewed journals and undertaken further academic research. Several students have gone on to complete a PhD while one teaches part time at King’s. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History of Contemporary Warfare 1: The Early Cold War, 1945-1975
  • History of Contemporary Warfare 2: from Cold War to War on Terror, 1975–2011
  • African Security
  • Conflict in Russia & the Post-Soviet Space
  • Conflict, Rights and Justice
  • Insurgency & Counter-Insurgency
  • Intelligence in War & Peace
  • International Law & the Use of Force
  • International Relations & Contemporary War: Problems & Issues
  • Middle Eastern Security
  • Sea Power
  • Strategic Dimensions of Contemporary Warfare

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

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180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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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. Prior experiential learning can also be taken into consideration by the admissions panel. Where alternative professional or other qualifications are not available, evidence will be required that you can undertake academic study to the level required. If necessary, you will be asked to submit a sample of written work.
  • You will also require regular access to a high-specification computer with unbroken broadband internet connection, good time management skills and confidence in using computers.

Tuition Fee

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