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MAHistory of Warfare

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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This distinctive full-time MA programme provides you with an opportunity to study the history and historiography of warfare from a multi-disciplinary and multi-period perspective. A thorough grounding is provided in research methods and in the historiography and economics of warfare while a wide choice of options complements the broad range of possible dissertation subjects that can be supported by our staff.

Programme structure

You will study four core modules:

Historical Methods
Research Skills: Dissertation Preparation
Economics of War
Writing the History of Warfare (for students who have not taken the BA War Studies degree at the University of Birmingham) OR Advanced Option – History (for students who have taken the BA War Studies degree at the University of Birmingham)*

  • Advanced Option – History can be taken in the Autumn or Spring term. A range of Advanced Options on the History of Warfare are available, including: ‘The United States and World War II’; and ‘Military Revolutions and the Conduct of War, c.1300-1650’.

You will also choose two optional modules, from a range which includes:

Marlborough’s Wars: Sources
Marlborough’s Wars: Essays
The Sharpe End: The British Army and the Defeat of Napoleon: Sources
The Sharpe End: The British Army and the Defeat of Napoleon: Essays
Brass Hats and Frock Coats: British Strategy in the First World War
The Experience of Air Warfare

Each module is assessed by 4,000-word essay and you will complete the programme with a 15,000-word dissertation.

Career opportunities

Over the past five years, over 92% of History postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Some of our History postgraduates go on to use their studies directly, for example in heritage, museum or archivist work. Others use their transferable skills in a range of occupations from finance to civil service to fundraising. Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include: Alcester Heritage Network; HSBC; KPMG; Ministry of Defence; and the National Trust

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States