Taught course

Military History and Strategic Studies

University of Reading · School of Politics, Economics and International Relations

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years’ relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Military History and Strategic Studies marries the approaches of several distinct yet overlapping disciplines to the same theme: war, in all its dimensions, from the actual historical events to their impacts on all affected (from soldiers to civilians), to the conduct of war, the strategies, the contemporary sources and the later reception and even myths they gave rise to. The course is taught by historians, specialists of Strategic Studies (a sub-discipline of Politics/International Relations drawing strongly upon History for its case studies), and also classicists and specialists in linguistics and European Studies.

Modules include: Themes and Issues of Military History and Strategic Studies; Modern Strategy; Strategic Theory; The Crusades, Castles, Early Modern Warfare, the World Wars; Origins and Causes of Wars.

Information for international students

Evidence of English Language ability required. Normal requirements are: • an overall score of 7.0 in the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) with no individual element scoring less than 6.0 or • an overall score of 6.5 in the IELTS with no individual element scoring less than 5.5

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
block mode
72 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Professor Giovanni Razzu
+44 (0) 118 378 8378