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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Military History

Course type


Course Summary

This Military History MA offers an in-depth study of warfare on land, sea and air across a range of periods and continents, from the Classical Age to the present. The MA in Military History will provide students with a systematic understanding and critical awareness of debates and interpretations of military history. Students will gain a comprehensive and practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in specific subject areas. Students will be encouraged to extend and develop their analytical, evaluative and critical capacities, and increase their ability to reflect on their own learning and intellectual development. The MA in Military History will give students transferable skills in writing, discussion, analysis, and independent judgement. Students will also work independently, thus demonstrating initiative and the ability to organise their time and work through their research project (a dissertation) of 15,000 words.

The MA in Military History provides solid transferable skills in evidence gathering, analysis, problem solving, drafting and communications, skills whose applicability cuts across a wide range of public and private pursuits. In addition, it provides detailed engagement with issues relating to defence, security, intelligence and strategy that are germane to a troubled world and can be used by anyone employed in fields related to such matters.

Different course options

Full time | Brunel University London | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module includes Limited war and the period before 1789; the French revolution and the birth of the modern style of warfare; the impact of the industrial revolution on warfare; Jomini and Clausewitz; the idea of 'absolute war'; warfare in the 19th century: on the road to 'total war'; the First World War; changes in warfare in the inter-war period: Blitzkrieg and 'deep battle'; the Second World War; the nature of warfare after 1945; Korea, Vietnam and the Arab-Israeli conflicts; counter-insurgency; low-intensity conflicts; warfare in the 21st Century.
Dissertation (60 Credits) - Core

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Entry requirements

Applicants need to have a UK first or 2.2 Honours degree in a Social Sciences or Humanities related subject or equivalent internationally recognised qualification. Applicants with a 2.2 from a non-related discipline will be considered on an individual basis by the Admissions Tutor.

University information

Based in Uxbridge, on the outskirts of west London, Brunel University London offers over 100 specialist postgraduate courses, which you can study both full-time and part-time. 30% of their students are postgraduates, and 15% of their attendees are mature students. It’s comprised of three colleges Engineering, Design & Physical Sciences Business, Arts & Social Sciences Health & Life Sciences It also has three research...more

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