Taught course

War: History and Politics

University of Brighton · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

Degree and/or experience: Normally an undergraduate degree or equivalent. Appropriate accredited modules completed as part of other masters degrees (or their recognised equivalent) are taken into consideration in judging which elements, if any, need not be completed. Prior learning will also be accredited as appropriate. For non-native speakers of English: IELTS 7.0 overall and 6.5 in writing. Other: You will normally be interviewed so that we can assess your potential to study at masters level. For the Certificate of Seminar Attendance, candidates will normally be admitted with an undergraduate degree or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The War: History and Politics MA is an interdisciplinary programme that focuses exclusively on modern history, examining all major wars of the twentieth and twenty-first century from a historical and political perspective.

It covers a wide spectrum of case studies from the personal and local to the national and the transnational, offering you:

  • critical engagement with the current academic debates in British and international history and politics as to the causes, forms, legacies and memory of modern wars
  • specialised study of all major conflicts in the last hundred years, from the two World Wars, Cold War and anticolonial resistance movements to the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s and War on Terror
  • skills and closely supervised training in researching and writing about the forms and legacies of modern wars, using primary sources, and engaging with current scholar arguments, analytical models and methodological tools
  • the ability to relate your knowledge and make relevant contributions to the public debates on war today
  • the chance to go on two field trips – one in the UK and the other in mainland Europe.

You will answer questions such as: What causes wars? How have soldiers and civilians experienced modern, total warfare? What traces do wars leave and how has our world of today been shaped by the wars of the recent past? And what about all those soldiers, armies, battles, defeats, compromises and atrocities that remain ‘forgotten’?

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Eugene Michail