Taught course

Military History MA

Brunel University, London · Politics, History and the Brunel Law School

Entry requirements

A UK first or 2.2 Honours degree in a Social Sciences or Humanities related subject or equivalent internationally recognised qualification.

Applicants with a 2.2 from a non-related discipline will be considered on an individual basis by the Admissions Tutor.


Months of entry


Course content

This MA offers an in-depth study of warfare on land, sea and air across a range of periods and continents, from the Classical Age to the present. Core modules examine the Royal Navy in the twentieth century, warfare in ancient and medieval times and, finally, the impact of the French and Industrial Revolutions on warfare in the age of 'total war'. Optional modules give students the opportunity to study the Second World War, warfare in modern Africa and, additionally, the programme draws on Brunel’s expertise in intelligence studies, offering students the chance to take an optional module in this area with the University’s Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies (BCISS). Students will also complete a 15,000 dissertation on any military history topic, drawing on the wide expertise of staff in the department.

The aim of the MA in Military History is to provide students with a systematic understanding and critical awareness of debates and interpretations of military history and to provide students with a comprehensive and practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in specific subject areas. Furthermore students will be encouraged to extend and develop their analytical, evaluative and critical capacities, and increase their ability to reflect on their own learning and intellectual development. The MA in Military History will give students transferable skills in writing, discussion, analysis, and independent judgement. Students will also work independently, thus demonstrating initiative and the ability to organise their time and work through their research project (a dissertation) of 15,000 words.

Special features of the course:

  • Taught by internationally recognised academics in the field of Military History, Naval History, War Studies, Intelligence History and Security/Intelligence Studies
  • Situated in London, the MA has established links to world-renowned archives and libraries based in and close to London including the Caird Library (National Maritime Museum), The National Archives and the Imperial War Museum, among others
  • Students on the course can automatically receive membership to the Royal Institute for International Affairs
  • Access to the Specialist Angus Boulton Military History library held at Brunel University
  • Guest speakers are regularly invited to lecture on specialist subjects. Previous speakers have included, Professor Ilan Pappe (University of Exeter), Emeritus Professor Avi Shlaim (Oxford University), Sir Tony Brenton (Cambridge University), and Professor Brian Holden-Reid (KCL).

Typical core modules (subject to change) include:

  • War in History: 1789 to present
  • The Royal Navy in the Twentieth Century
  • European Warfare in the Age of Muscle

Plus one module from the following (subject to change):

  • Intelligence History: Failure and Success
  • The Second World War
  • War and the Military in Modern African History
  • International Security

Information for international students

Inernational students are welcomed. •IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas) •Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores) •BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas) Please visit our dedicated webpages: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,500 full-time; £3,750 part-time
International students
£15,750 full-time; £7,875 part-time

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
30 months

Course contact details

Brunel Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1895 265599