1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MA 1Yr FT
    MA 3Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.2

Course Overview

The MA in War and Society is a unique degree that explores the most spectacular of historic events.

Key Features

War has been a catalyst for violent change throughout human history.  It inflicts terrible suffering and degradation and yet evokes great bravery. 

What is War? A simple, meaningful definition is not easily achieved.  Simple explanations are insufficient.  War needs to be analysed in political, social, cultural, technological, historical, military and media contexts.

War and Society is a collaborative, interdisciplinary MA Degree programme that utilises the range of research expertise in the College of Arts and Humanities.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MA 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules  

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must take the following three compulsory modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HUAM01Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Research Folder (War and Society)
HUPM03Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War, Technology and Culture
HUPM04Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War, Identity and Society
Optional modules 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select TWO modules from Teaching Block 1, and ONE module from Teaching Block 2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HI-M56Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Empire, Slavery and Liberty in the British Atlantic World, 1584-1808This module is offered by the History Department.
HI-M79Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Normans in Western Europe and the Mediterranean: Memory, identity and diaspora, c.900-1150.This module is offered by the History Department.
HIMM01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Advanced Medieval Studies 1: Skills and ApproachesThis module is offered by the History Department.
PO-M32Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Conceptual Issues In the Theory and Practice of Social Sciences
PO-M35Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Approaches to International Relations
PO-M36Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Approaches to Political Theory
PO-M37Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Human rights, Humanitarian Intervention and Global Justice: Moral Problems International Politics.
PO-M40Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20International Security in the Asia Pacific
PO-M46Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics in Contemporary Britain
PO-M53Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Space
PO-M56Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The State of Africa
PO-M60Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Critical Security Studies: Issues and Approaches in Contemporary Security
PO-M62Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Civil Society and Development
PO-M63Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Rights-based Approaches to Development
PO-M64Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Violence, Conflict and Development
PO-M67Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Policy Making Process
PO-M70Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postcolonialism, Orientalism, Eurocentrism
PO-M80Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Rethinking Global Governance
PO-M84Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Gender and the Social Sciences


The full-time course structure is split across the year with three modules taken in each academic semester (a total of six modules) and then a dissertation over the summer.

Students study three compulsory modules and three optional modules. The dissertation is written on a specialist research topic of the student's choosing.

Part-time study is available.

Entry Requirements

The typical entry requirement is a first degree in a relevant discipline, normally a lower second (average 55 per cent) or above or equivalent.  Overseas students are expected to possess an IELTS score of 6.5.

How To Apply

Applying Online is the quickest way to apply and receive a decision on your application. You can upload your documents via the online system which will enable us to make a faster decision on your application.

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Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time £6,600 £14,400
MA Part-time £2,200 £4,800

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the programme do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

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