Postgraduate study in War Studies

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Our postgraduate programmes in War Studies are unique as they offer you the chance to study in depth about the First World War, military history, the history of air power or the history of warfare.

We provide you with an opportunity to explore compelling and controversial areas within a rich and diverse environment. Our academics are all experts in their field which include military history and social and cultural history, so you will benefit from their professional knowledge.


Air Power: History, Theory and Practice MA (RAF)

This programme is only open to RAF personnel who have completed, or are completing, the Senior Officers’ Study Period (SOSP). Students from other backgrounds should apply to our standard Air Power: History, Theory and Practice MA.

History of Warfare MA

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 [more...]

Military History MA by distance learning

This two-year distance learning programme offers you the opportunity to explore military history, drawing in particular on Birmingham's expertise in the history of the two world wars and air power. Subjects to be studied include command and [more...]

Air Power: History, Theory and Practice MA

The programme aims to explore a wide variety of air power issues and debates. It is open to students from all backgrounds including the armed forces, industry, students from other disciplines and those who seek to expand their knowledge of [more...]

British First World War Studies MA

This programme is unique in its focus on the Great War. It provides an opportunity to study in depth this most compelling and controversial conflict. It focuses on the challenges posed by the war to the British state, the British Army and British [more...]

History PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)

The most recent Research Excellence Framework ranked Birmingham's History department first among all  departments in the country, with no less than 45% of our research judged to be ‘world-leading’. We offer promising [more...]