Over the last century, air power has proved to be one of the most complex and fascinating forms of military capability. It is full of contradictions and controversies. Its reach and versatility make it the most desirable of components; its lack of permanency equally offers real flexibility, but also potential drawbacks. Some issues, such as the strategic bombing of Germany continue to promote ‘savage’ debate. And much has been made of the rhetoric, and of the consequences, of warfare in the third dimension. This exciting MA programme provides a unique opportunity to study the theory, history and practice of air power within the context of War Studies.
You will study four core modules (full descriptions below):
Air Power Technology, Tactics and Training
The Legal, Ethical and Political Dimension of Air Power
The Experience of Air Warfare
Research Skills: Dissertation Preparation
Each of the taught modules is assessed by completion of a 4,000-word essay and you will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.
By the end of the programme, you will have been exposed to many of the debates and issues surrounding air power. You will be able to couch your ideas in relation to the academic literature and structure your responses. You will have learned the necessary research skills to be able work at Masters level and will be able to consider taking your research further at higher levels.
We charge an annual tuition fee. The programme is delivered over two academic years:
In the first academic year, you will complete one module over a single semester (April – June).
In the second academic year, you will complete the remaining three modules and your dissertation over a full academic year (September – September).
For entry in April 2014, the fee for year one is £570 and the fee for year two is £2,970.
For entry in April 2015, the fee for year one is £660; fee for year two to be confirmed.