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Entry requirements

The typical entry requirement is a first degree in a relevant discipline, normally a lower second (average 55 per cent) or above or equivalent. Overseas students are expected to possess an IELTS score of 6.5.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in War and Society is a truly unique course exploring seismic events that sparked violent change throughout the course of human history.

You will attempt to investigate what war means, and discover a meaningful definition. Analysed through multiple contexts including the political, social, cultural, technological, historical, military and media, you will learn how messages can be distorted in subtle and sophisticated ways.

This is a collaborative, interdisciplinary MA Degree programme that is harnessed by the breadth of research expertise in the College of Arts and Humanities.

War and Society is widely regarded as a specialist strength of Swansea University.

Based on our energising Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay, we have a wide spread of expertise and a full range of facilities.

The Graduate Centre of the College of Arts and Humanities is designed to promote individual and collaborative research activity of an international standard. It offers a supportive environment for those pursuing postgraduate research and taught masters study, as well as training to enhance academic and professional development.

You study three compulsory 20-credit international relations modules, and a further three optional modules, before taking a 60-credit dissertation project in the second part of the course.

The compulsory modules are: research on war and society; war, technology and culture; and war, identity and society.

A wide selection of further optional modules span from approaches to international relations, to politics in contemporary Britain, and from violence, conflict and development to cyber governance.

Your dissertation is written on a specialist war and society topic of your choice.

You will develop a deep level of knowledge around war and society, as well as excellent oral, writing and research skills.

Graduates of the MA in War and Society go on to careers in government and politics, humanitarian organisations, military organisations, business and media

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page:

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 - 36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Swansea University Postgraduate
+44 (0)1792 295358