Taught course

International and Military History (MA)

Lancaster University · History

Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in History, a related combined major or a degree in other related humanities disciplines.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Months of entry


Course content

Why Lancaster?

  • Study the only degree in the UK to combine international and military history at Master’s level
  • Gain a truly global perspective with modules that cover Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East
  • Join our supportive research community and work alongside scholars who are experts in their field
  • Engage with world-leading specialists, as well as politicians, diplomats and military leaders through Lancaster University’s Centre for War and Diplomacy
  • Boost your expertise and prepare to take your career in a new direction.

From the rise and fall of great powers to peace-making and weaponry, join us to explore the major themes of international and military history from the Middle Ages to the modern day. By the end of the course, you’ll be ready for exciting opportunities in research, the Civil Service and more.

Discuss, debate and discover

Study a course that uniquely combines two fascinating areas. The field of international history is transforming as it moves away from a western-centric perspective, while military history covers the different dimensions of war. You’ll go beyond the strategy and battles, looking at political, economic and social factors.

Our international outlook means this course suits students from anywhere in the world. You’ll explore the making of war and peace on the global stage – one day you could be discussing the increasing militarisation of the Asia-Pacific, the next you could be debating the military resurgence of Russia.

Unpicking the past

This course draws upon our History Department's expertise, as well as research from our Centre for War and Diplomacy, which confronts today’s challenges by examining the past.

Analysing data and developing arguments will be a key part of your postgraduate studies. So, as well as learning from our research, you’ll carry out your own with support from our experts. Past students have looked at everything from the history of battleships to civil wars in Africa.

Information for international students

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 5.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Learn more at our Fees and Funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

History Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)1524 592549