Taught course

History of Warfare

University of Birmingham · Arts and Law

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Other professional qualifications comparable to degree standard would also be considered, eg, an honours degree or higher degree in a subject other than History, or professional qualifications of degree standard such as law, accountancy, management, or published work in a relevant field. Every submission is considered on its own merits

Months of entry


Course content

This new and distinctive full-time MA programme provides you with an opportunity to study the history and historiography of warfare from a multi-disciplinary and multi-period perspective. A thorough grounding is provided in research methods and in the historiography and economics of warfare while a wide choice of options complements the broad range of possible dissertation subjects that can be supported by our staff.

You will study four core modules:

  • Historical Methods
  • Research Skills: Dissertation Preparation
  • Economics of War
  • Writing the History of Warfare (for students who have not taken the BA War Studies degree at the University of Birmingham) OR Advanced Option – History (for students who have taken the BA War Studies degree at the University of Birmingham) *

* Advanced Option – History can be taken in the Autumn or Spring term. A range of Advanced Options on the History of Warfare are available, including: 'The United States and World War II'; and 'Military Revolutions and the Conduct of War, c.1300-1650'.

You will also choose two optional modules, from a range which includes:

  • Marlborough's Wars: Sources
  • Marlborough's Wars: Essays
  • The Sharpe End: The British Army and the Defeat of Napoleon: Sources
  • The Sharpe End: The British Army and the Defeat of Napoleon: Essays
  • Brass Hats and Frock Coats: British Strategy in the First World War
  • The Experience of Air Warfare

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching takes place via seminars, tutorials, work on primary sources, reading texts on theory and methods. You are assessed by a 15,000 word dissertation and each module has a 4,000 word assessed essays.

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Information for international students

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government for more information please visit http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/International/students/finance/index.aspx

Fees and funding

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. For more information, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005