Exciting news for African students in the UK! We are offering partial funding opportunities for its MSc Global Leadership and Peacebuilding programme (Blended Learning). Please note the course details apply to 2023 entry. Details for 2024 entry for our postgraduate courses will be published from October 2023.

Our Global Leadership and Peacebuilding MSc looks at the mutually reinforcing links between global leadership, peace and society, especially in developing nations. Through this blended learning programme, which offers both face-to-face and online modules, and which supports wholly online study where applicable, you will learn to understand the huge significance of global leadership processes and outcomes in peacebuilding efforts in the developing world and the impacts they have on society. Next-generation leaders must be able to thrive across different socio-cultural contexts while achieving success in organisations. In a dynamic global context with a wide array of diverse actors and stakeholders, global leaders need a unique set of skills and must be uniquely prepared. The Global Leadership and Peacebuilding prorgamme seeks: (i) To deepen students’ understanding of the different patterns of global leadership that have underlined social, political, economic and peace processes and outcomes in developing societies and across the world; (ii) To advance peacebuilding knowledge – conceptually and operationally – on the process of leadership and global problem-solving in developing societies and across the world; (iii) To develop in students deep analytical skills on responses to global challenges in the 21st century. Students learn to understand the enormous complexity of global leadership – the multiple cultures, multiple actors operating across different levels and the interconnections among all of this. What will this mean for those trying to respond across all of these levels to build peace in multiple ways? What are the situations, contexts and cases that best reflect this complexity? Who are the actors that demonstrate capacity to manage this complexity? What are the tools for achieving this?

Key benefits

  • Innovative approach to the interdisciplinary study of global leadership and peacebuilding: only MSc programme in the UK where Global Leadership is studied in relation to peace and security, peacebuilding, development and societal transformation.
  • Blended learning format allows for a range of learning experiences and options: core modules are a mix of online learning and intensive face to face classroom experiences; with flexible learning optional modules.
  • Interrogate key leadership concepts and challenge mainstream assumptions, to understand how global leadership has unique, intense and far-reaching complexities that defy standard narratives around: what leadership is; how assertions of influence occur and why certain (effective and ineffective) leaders emerge; and the relationship between institutions and leadership.
  • Students can transform their perspectives on global leadership and undergo personal development to translate their ideas into change-making opportunities within in their own contexts.
  • Opportunity to network with the ALC’s global network of renowned academics, practitioners, activists and institutional partners that include universities, international organizations, and research and policy institutions from across the world, with teaching by key intellectuals and experts on global leadership and peacebuilding from both the global north and south.
  • Access to a broad selection of optional modules across King’s, with emphasis on the Faculty of Social Sciences & Public Policy.

Standard requirements UK applicants

A minimum 2:1 undergraduate Bachelor’s (honours) degree

If you have a lower degree classification, or a degree in an unrelated subject, your application may be considered if you can demonstrate significant relevant work experience, or offer a related graduate qualification (such as a Masters or PGDip).

Programme-Specific Requirements

Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject.

Selection process

Applications must be made online using King’s Apply, the Admissions portal, and a non-refundable application fee of £120 applies.

Due to the large volume of applications, this programme operates a partial “gathered-field” approach to decision making for applicants who meet our advertised academic entry requirements. This means that for some of these applicants, a decision may not be reached until after February and where possible, will be made by May. You will be informed via King’s Apply if your application is being held.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

A personal statementof up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. The personal statement should describe your teaching experience so far and discuss how you feel this MA will build on your experience, as well as how it might contribute to your future career plans.

Previous academic study: A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.

References: Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.

Application closing date guidance

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is particularly important if your application is successful, and you are required to meet any conditions and/or you need a Student Visa to study at King’s.

King’s College London is committed to the recruitment of students with the greatest academic ability and to maintain a diverse student population. In order to ensure a balanced international student population for our most competitive programmes, we have implemented the following deadlines:

  • The final application deadline for any students who are currently residing in mainland China is 7 January 2023 (23:59 UK time).

Please note: if you reside in mainland China and apply for this programme after the above deadline, your application may be automatically withdrawn and you will not be eligible for an application fee refund.

  • Our first application deadline for any other applicants is on 6 March 2023 (23:59 UK time). The programme will remain open until the final application deadlines below if there are places still available:
  • Overseas (international) fee status: 24 July 2023 (23:59 UK time)
  • Home fee status: 24 August 2023 (23:59 UK time)

After the first application deadline, the programme will close at any point once it is full. Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline, and we are unable to process further offers because places are filled and we close the course before the final application deadline.

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