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Entry requirements

You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university. Advice on recognition can be obtained from the Admissions Office. Non-graduates with appropriate professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis by Programme Conveners; contact details can be found on the individual programme page. Applicants will be expected to apply and register for the full master's award.

Months of entry


Course content

The wars of the twentieth century shaped societies and international organisations in ways that continue to affect us today. This MA programme will allow you to engage with war at various levels, from museum exhibitions to international relations, to better understand how conflicts have altered the world.

You will be provided with a deep knowledge of the major conflicts of the twentieth century, including the Boer War, The First and Second World War, The Korean War and the Yugoslav Wars among others. You will analyse why wars start as well as the impact each had on global developments, and their legacies. You will also explore the impact of war at a personal and cultural level, thinking about the memory of war, and the media around it. This focus on the two levels of war will allow you to understand the impact of broader political and economic concerns, and to consider how war affects societies.

This degree in War Studies will allow you to hone advanced research skills and learn about a range of diverse methodological approaches to the study of modern history, encompassing both more traditional diplomatic, economic, and political history, and also spatial, cultural, and transnational methodologies to the study of war.

Our MA War Studies is taught online, which means you can take the degree from wherever you are in the world. Teaching will take place through short, lecture-format videos, open discussion forums, and one to one tutorials via video communication. You will be assessed through a combination of the dissertation, essays, literature reviews, a portfolio, and your online engagement.

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

Postgraduate Admissions
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