King's College London

Course Introduction

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. 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.

During this course, 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. It provides 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.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £12,300 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £12,300 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £25,500 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £6,150 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £6,150 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £12,750 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should have undergraduate degree with 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. 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.
  • International entry requirements: Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic): 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill; TOEFL iBT: 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23 in each of the other skills; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE): 185 overall, minimum 176 in all skills; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 185 overall, minimum 176 in all skills; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 69 overall with a minimum of 62 in each skill. The tests listed above are valid if they have been taken within the past two years.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100