King's College London

Course Introduction

Students will learn about historical arms control challenges, such as negotiation of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, along with contemporary arms control issues as they relate to international security, to include the Iran Nuclear Deal, U.S.'Russia arms control, and disarmament verification. Along with subject matter expertise, students will develop transferable analytic and research skills in a dynamic and rigorous intellectual environment.

Students will have the opportunity to meet arms control practitioners, negotiators, and inspectors. The course is particularly unique in combining history and theory with practical issues, skills development, and contemporary weapon of mass destruction policy.

The MA in Arms Control & International Security is a joint course with the Departments of War Studies and Defence Studies at King’s College London. The goal of the course is to enhance knowledge of a broad range of subjects relevant to arms control and international security. The course is available to both full and part'time students, and is available as an MA, Diploma, or Certificate. Required modules include: (1) History and Politics of Arms Control, (2) Verification Concepts and Technologies, and (3) Arms Control Case Studies. Modules will be conducted in intensive week'long sessions so as to accommodate professional students. Each module will be highly interactive with a combination of lectures, seminars, and group discussion, and include formative assessment. Student performance will be assessed in an essay for each module and MA students will be required to write an individual research dissertation.

Course purpose

Ideally, this course will train the next generation of arms control practitioners and experts by building their expertise in the fundamentals and history of arms control, while also exposing them to practical issues and challenges, such as verification.

Key Benefits:

Enhance your knowledge of arms control and its role in international security.

Develop transferable analytic and research skills.

Merge theoretical concepts with practical application, including guest lectures and teaching from arms control practitioners.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
2 years
Part Time

Qualifications required:

  • Undergraduate degree with 1st Class or high 2:1 honours (i.e. overall average of at least 65% across all years of study) in a social science or other related subject.