King’s College London Intelligence and International Security
King’s College London Intelligence and International Security
Intelligence & International Security MA
Our MA Intelligence & International Security examines the trends that continue to shape intelligence and geo-strategic developments in the 21st century. You will develop an awareness of the ways in which intelligence issues manifest themselves in security issues in peace and war. You will also gain an understanding of ethical dilemmas associated with intelligence activity.
- Our MA Intelligence & International Security is excellent preparation for employment in government service or in commercial risk management and open-source intelligence providers.
- You will be taught by visiting academics, serving and former officials and other intelligence experts who give regular public lectures and seminars.
- Enables you to examine the nature, processes, roles and case studies of intelligence and their interaction with developments in international security.
- You have the advantage of attending events run by the Intelligence and International Security Research Group which provides a platform for sharing ideas.
Read about what our students say about this programme on our Testimonials page.
Application status Closed
Duration 1 year FT / 2 years PT, September to September
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180 / ECTS 90
Course intake Circa 60
Course leaders Professor Joe Maiolo and Dr Huw Dylan
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Issues of intelligence have assumed increasing prominence in world affairs as analysts and policymakers attempt to assess the nature of new threats in the international system. Our programme will enable you to examine the nature, processes, roles and case studies of intelligence and their interaction with developments in international security.
In examining the trends that continue to shape intelligence and geo-strategic developments in the 21st century our programme offers a unique multidisciplinary approach based on the strengths of the department. We aim to provide a framework in which to understand the nature and role of intelligence in its relationship to wider issues in war and international security; an understanding of the processes, practices and institutions that have characterised intelligence in the modern era; an understanding of the problems connected with intelligence collection, assessment and ability to predict events in world affairs; and an appreciation of the particular ethical concerns generated by intelligence-related phenomena.
Our programme is for graduates and professionals with an interest in understanding the nature and role of intelligence. It is designed to have broad-ranging appeal if you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in intelligence and security studies. You will also find this programme of interest if you are a graduate in politics, history, international relations and strategic studies; if you have practical experience in the intelligence community and wish to reflect on the wider issues and implications of your experience; or are a professional in defence, diplomacy and foreign affairs.
Course format and assessment
Most of the 20-credit modules will be assessed by one 4,000-word essay or two 2,000-word essays. However, some 20-credit modules will be assessed on class participation and attendance, oral vivas or exams, or a combination of these.
Most 40-credit modules are assessed through a combination of essays (3,000-6,000 words), class participation and attendance, oral vivas and exams.
The dissertation module assessment will be on the research proposal (10%) and the dissertation (up to 15,000 words) (90%) for some programmes or solely on the dissertation for others.
Our MA is designed as a one-year full-time, or two-year part-time taught programme. It offers a broad-based multidisciplinary curriculum and you have the opportunity to study a wide range of topics.
The MA comprises:
- A compulsory module: Intelligence in Peace & War (40 credits).
- Optional modules chosen from a range of possibilities (80 credits in total). Please note that NOT ALL MODULES ARE AVAILABLE in any given year
- A dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits).
The dissertation is to be written over the summer semester. You may choose your own topic but it must fall within the remit of your programme of study and must be approved by a member of staff. If you are a part-time student, you are advised to take the compulsory module in your first year of study and write your dissertation in your second year.
To maintain a beneficial student/staff ratio in the classroom and promote effective learning, there are a limited number of places available on each module
Some of the optional modules are prioritised for students on particular master’s programmes. This means that even if a option is offered the year that you attend, you are not guaranteed a place on it.
You are advised not to base your decision to join the degree programme solely on this list.
NB Optional modules are allocated using purpose-designed software which the department has created to maximise your choice while keeping each class to a reasonable size. The system weighs your preferences, and gives priority where necessary to options of particular relevance to each specific MA programme.
- Afghan And South Asian Security Issues
- Comparative Civil Wars (40 Credits)
- Civil War In The US 1861-1865
- Complex Political Emergencies, Health & Security
- Conflict Simulation
- Conflict, Development And Islam In Russia, The Caucasus And Central Asia
- Contemporary British Defence Policy
- Current Issues In Science & Security
- Diplomacy, Intelligence and Armaments Competition: The origins of the Second World War, 1931-1941
- East Asian Security
- Gender In International Politics & Security
- Ethics In International Relations (20 Credits)
- History Of War
- Human Rights in a World of States (20 credits)
- Interdisciplinary Approaches To (In)Security
- International Law & War
- International Politics Of The Middle East
- Media and Intelligence
- Mind, Body And Spirit In The First World War
- Nationalism And Security
- Navies And Seapower, 1793-2001
- Political Philosophy and International War
- Proliferation & International Security
- Reporting Wars
- Responding to Terrorism
- Seapower And National Strategy
- The Occupied Territories Since 1967
- The Evolution Of Insurgency
- The Science and Security of Nuclear and Biological Weapons
- War and Insurgency in the Middle East since 1945
- Wars Within Wars: Intelligence Wars, Secret Wars and Dirty Wars
Entry requirements & how to apply
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
General entry advice
1st class or good 2:1 undergraduate degree (65% or above in the UK marking system) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject.
As a guideline for those with USA undergraduate qualifications, we are usually looking for a CGPA of above 3.5. Applicants with qualifications from other countries are welcomed, with further guidance available at www.kcl.ac.uk/study/international/yourcountry/index.aspx
Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies. All applications are assessed by a committee of academic tutors. This process takes on average eight weeks.
Personal statement and supporting information
Please provide a personal statement explaining why you are interested in this particular programme, and outlining any relevant experience you have. If there are any anomalies in your academic record, please use the personal statement to explain related extenuating circumstances.
Application closing date
We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 31st March 2018. Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2018 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2018.
Help and support
If you don’t have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn’t your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.
Fees and funding
- Full time UK fees: £10,950 p.a. (2017/18)*
- Full time overseas fees: £19,650 p.a. (2017/18)*
- Part time UK fees: £5,475 p.a. (2017/18)*
- Part time overseas fees: £9,825 p.a. (2017/18)*
Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.
The UK/EU deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
- If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
- If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
- If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
- If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King’s Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.
In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:
- Books if you choose to buy your own copies
- Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
- Library fees and fines
- Personal photocopies
- Printing course handouts
- Society membership fees
- Graduation costs
- Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
Financial help and support
Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King’s.
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Whilst this is not a vocational programme, students on our MA programmes have gone on to build careers in further academic research, NGOs, civil service, NATO, UN, media and publishing, finance and investment, teaching and the armed forces.