Taught course

War, Conflict and Society

University of Chester · Department of History and Archaeology

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in history or any relevant discipline or an equivalent qualification is required. Consideration will also be given to those who hold a lower classification who can demonstrate they are capable of performing at the level required to complete the course successfully.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

This innovative MA course will challenge you to think critically about the impact of warfare on past societies and how the historical legacies of conflict resonate in our world today. It offers a broad and in-depth exploration of these themes, allowing you to gain advanced expertise in historical research and scholarship.

Why study War, Conflict and Society with us?

The course offers an excellent opportunity to explore the social history of warfare within a European and a global context. This broad historical narrative will provide you with the opportunity to study specific themes in depth, to understand the form and nature of warfare through the ages, and to contribute to the academic debate surrounding the relationship between conflict and society.

The County of Cheshire has had a long association with war and conflict. Chester has been the site of a siege, of convalescence and a reception centre for refugees displaced by conflict, and is also home to the Cheshire Military Museum and archive.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is varied and includes lectures, seminars and individual tutorials, and some modules include field trips. The Research Dissertation is structured around regular individual supervisory sessions.

Each module runs for 2.5 hours per week across an eight-week period. You will also undertake 35 hours per week of guided independent study.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for the core and optional modules is via coursework of approximately 4,000 words, comprising essays, literature reviews, primary source commentaries and oral presentations. Your Research Dissertation will be approximately 16,000 words in length.

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

Department of History and Archaeology