Taught course

Military History

University of Chester · Department of History and Archaeology

Entry requirements

A good second class Honours degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme seeks to explain why wars occur, to highlight how warfare has changed through the ages and to show how the military interacts with wider human society. These issues will principally be addressed through the study of British military history, both within the European context and the wider world.

The County of Cheshire and the City of Chester have had a long association with the British military, and there is a comprehensive range of relevant and accessible source material relating to the study of military history deposited locally and within the easily accessible North West region.

Programme Structure:

Core Modules

  • The History and Theory of Western Warfare
  • Research Methods and Skills in History
Optional modules (it should be noted that in any given year the optional modules are subject to staff availability)

Each student selects three modules: one module from Group A, one module from Group B and one other module from either Group A or Group B.

Group A

  • Defending the Realm: Fortifications in the Landscape
  • The Crusades: Experiments in Holy Warfare
  • Transformation and Impact: War and Chivalry in the Later Middle Ages
  • The British Wars, 1637-1651
  • The American War of Independence, 1775-1783

Group B

  • The American Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Air Power and Warfare in the Twentieth Century
  • The Vietnam War
  • From the Fall of Saigon to the Fall of the Twin Towers: American Military Activity in the Era of the Vietnam Syndrome
  • Presenting Warfare: Military Museums in the UK
  • War and Memory: Commemorating the World Wars in Western Europe
  • Minorities in Modern Warfare

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 - 36 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 - 36 months


part time
12 - 24 months

Course contact details

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