Taught course

Ancient and Medieval Warfare

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Entry requirements

The programme is suitable for graduates in ancient history, history, classics, archaeology and related disciplines. We are happy to discuss applications from graduates in related disciplines, especially if applications are from a non-UK institution. A 1st or 2.1 UK Honours degree in an appropriate subject is normally required. Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (minimum 6.5) or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This Masters degree in Ancient and Medieval Warfare, the only degree of its type in the UK, offers students the opportunity to study a range of regions, periods and specialist topics in detail. The programme of study is based on Cardiff's particular teaching and research expertise in warfare studies. The scheme offers a flexible programme designed to provide a thorough grounding in research skills and methods, and the opportunity to explore an area of independent research suitable for the needs and interests of individual students. It is designed to meet the needs of both those who wish to develop their understanding of Ancient and Medieval Warfare through a self-contained year of further study, and of those who wish to deepen and extend their skills in preparation for research at doctoral level.

The course has two parts, consisting of coursework and a dissertation.

Part One (Autumn and Spring): Students choose from of a range of core modules covering theoretical concepts and approaches in history, and from a range of specialist options, including 'tailored' Special Subjects focused on particular periods and topics appropriate to their individual interests. All students are also trained in research methods and skills, including academic writing, public speaking, and the handling of ancient texts in Greek or Latin (Classical or Medieval) at an appropriate level.

Part Two (Summer): This comprises a dissertation on a topic of the student's choice of approximately 20,000 words in length

Information for international students

570 TOEFL (230 CBT), 6.5 IELTS or equivalent is needed.

Fees and funding

A limited number of School bursaries are available for students (UK/EU/overseas) wishing to pursue a Master's degree (MA, MSc). Part-time students may spread their bursaries over two years.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Guy Bradley
+44 (0)29 2087 4259
+44 (0)29 2087 4929