MA History of Warfare

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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.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Taught

Study Options: Full time

Duration: 12 months

Start date: September

Details

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.

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are as follows: 

  • Home/EU: £5,940 full-time
  • Overseas: £13,665 full-time

Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

University of Birmingham graduates - including those due to graduate in summer 2014 - may be entitled to a fee reduction through the College of Arts and Law Alumni Bursary scheme.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Other professional qualifications comparable to degree standard would also be considered, e.g., an honours degree or higher degree in a subject other than History, or professional qualifications of degree standard such as law, accountancy, management, or published work in a relevant field. Every submission is considered on its own merits.

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International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:



How to apply

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Learning and teaching

This programme is delivered through our Centre for War Studies, so you’ll be taught by academics who are experts in their field., so you’ll be taught by academics who are experts in their field.

Learning and teaching takes place via seminars, tutorials, work on primary sources, and reading texts on theory and methods.

You will also become part of, and contribute to, the vibrant international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment. Our team of academic and operational staff are on hand to offer support and advice to all postgraduate students within the College.

Support with academic writing

As a postgraduate student in the College of Arts and Law, you have access to the Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) which aims to help your transition from undergraduate to taught Masters level, or back into academia after time away. The service offers guidance on writing assignments and dissertations for your MA/MSc programme with individual support from an academic writing advisor via tutorials, email and the provision of online materials.

International students can access support through the English for International Students Unit (EISU).

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Employability

The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Our History graduates develop a range of skills, including familiarity with research methods, the ability to manage large and diverse quantities of information, and the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines, which can be used in a variety of occupations. Historically, over 94% of our History students have been in employment or further study within six months of graduating.