Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.
You must also submit a brief statement (no longer than one page) outlining your interest in the programme.
International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.
Months of entry
An understanding of war, for good or ill, is of vital importance. This programme offers the opportunity to study the theory and practice of war in a wide range of aspects, from the Middle Ages to the present day, and from causes to consequences.
- This MLitt aims to challenge, educate and engage by exposing you to a wide range of different ideas about war. It is specifically designed to broaden and deepen your understanding of the nature of war in theory and practice, and its place in history.
- The University of Glasgow is home to the Scottish Centre for War Studies. You will be able to participate in regular research seminars on critical themes related to conflict as well as to related conferences.
- All courses are designed to expose you to detailed research topics, source criticism and current debate, and are led by internationally acknowledged experts.
You will spend the first semester studying on the degree’s core course which covers both the major thinkers on warfare and the practice and conduct of war.
Core topics may include
- Jomini, aggressive warfare and the Confederate States of America at war
- The evolution of Military Thought between the two World Wars
- Europe’s ‘small wars’, 1800–present
- Vegetius and ‘Vegetian strategy’ in medieval warfare.
In the second semester, you will take three optional courses which delve in greater detail into a particular aspect of military or strategic history.
Optional courses may include
- Chivalry and warfare in later medieval Europe, 1300–1450
- The American way of warfare; from the Revolution to the War on Terror
- Insurgency and counter-insurgency, 1800-present
- Western intelligence in an age of terror.
You will complete the programme by writing a dissertation based on your own research. This requires you to engage in original research guided by an expert in the ﬁeld.
The programme provides an excellent platform for you to move onto PhD studies and an academic career.
Positions held by recent graduates include Development Director, Professor, Correspondent, and Freelance Journalist.
Information for international students
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.5
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 23
- Speaking: 23
- Writing: 24
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 64 overall; no sub-test less than 62
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
|Assessment||What kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)|
|Written coursework / continuous assessment||70|
|Dissertation||30 (15000 words)|
Course contact details
- Prof Matthew Strickland