Leadership Studies with Reference to Security and Development

King's College London

Ph.D. On Campus
36 months
21870 GBP/year
5820 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This exciting PhD programme offers supervision for MPhil/PhD research investigating the interaction between leadership and the security-development nexus, with a focus on developing countries. 


While development and security are strong fields of study in the UK, there is little in the way of dedicated academic study of the way these interact with leadership, particularly at the conceptual level. Yet there is latent acceptance of the significant role that leadership plays in both development and security processes and outcomes. This MPhil/PhD programme provides the academic space, support and training for students to interrogate these dynamics to produce knowledge that focuses on these issues. The African Leadership Centre is at the forefront of researching this nexus between Leadership, Security and Development.

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme are well suited for academic employment, in addition to private sector consulting organisations, NGO’s, and government employment both in the UK and internationally.

Programme Structure

Current research areas and topics include the following

• Leadership and Peacebuilding: Conceptual relationships; and the role of outliers• The political economy of peacebuilding in Africa• Reframing narratives of peace and statebuilding in Africa: The role of political settlements [case studies: Ethiopia, Rwanda, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Sierra Leone]• China’s Role in African Development: transforming development lessons into development catalysts• The practice of leadership: Analysing practitioners’ reflections on peacebuilding – Action research project with leading peacemakers in African conflicts• Leadership and Security in Nigeria


Staff research interests include:
Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin• Discourses on the “edge” of global security
• Transnational security complexes
• Gender and Security

Professor Abiodun Alao

• Emerging Powers and Global Leadership
• The Politics of Natural Resources Management
• Religious Radicalisation and Political Violence
• Politics, Security and International Relations in Africa

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 84 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Master's degree (or international equivalent) is usually required. In exceptional circumstances only, a Bachelor's degree with 1st class or high 2:1 honours (or international equivalent).
  • Applicants should also submit a personal statement outlining their reasons for pursuing further research.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21870 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21870 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    5820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5820 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.


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