Master's degree with high merit (or overseas equivalent), and a 2:1 honours degree at the bachelor's level (or overseas equivalent). It is highly desirable but not essential to have taken courses in this field at postgraduate level before undertaking research work in the Defence Studies Department. Extensive practical experience in a relevant field (eg military, diplomatic, humanitarian or developmental) may be taken into account when evaluating an application.
Months of entry
The Defence Studies Department (DSD) provides academic support at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, the principal centre in Britain for the training and education of officers from the Armed Forces. DSD is part of the War Studies Group but is based at the UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham, between Swindon and Oxford.
The Department has a thriving research culture in subjects across the range of military and naval history, defence policy and international security studies, reflected in the publication of high-quality monographs and articles in peer-reviewed journals. Members of DSD work closely with a range of British and international governmental and academic organisations, providing policy advice and consultancy.
For some years, DSD staff have supervised postgraduate research students in the Department of War Studies, our sister department, but DSD has now launched its own PhD programme. It already has approximately 50 postgraduate research students taking advantage of the Departments unique combination of research expertise and close interaction with the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence. We are keen to receive applications for postgraduate research from students whose research interests complement those of members of staff and of our research groups.
Fees and funding
Research students can apply for ESRC, AHRC, Graduate School, School of Social Science & Public Policy, and School of Arts and Humanities studentships. Some fellowships and bursaries are available for serving British military officers.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Dr Andrew Stewart, Admissions Tutor
- 44 (0)1793 788078
- 44 (0)1793 788295