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War Studies MPhil (Research)

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Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

War Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The University of Glasgow is home to the Scottish Centre for War Studies. You will be able to participate in regular research seminars on critical themes related to conflict as well as to related conferences.


Our research strengths include:

  • Scottish military history
  • Medieval warfare
  • Early modern warfare
  • The Napoleonic Wars
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century international relations
  • Intelligence and international relations
  • The Cold War and wars of decolonisation
  • Ideas of peace and peace movements
  • Conflict archaeology
  • Ethics of war and humanitarian intervention
  • Counter-insurgency and revolutionary war
  • Genocide in a global perspective
  • International security from historical and contemporary perspectives

Each research student will work under the supervision of two members of staff familiar with the student's field of inquiry. Prospective students are encouraged to discuss their research ideas with members of staff who are specialists in their fields of interest before applying. The staff page indicates the research interests and email addresses of scholars in the Scottish Centre for War Studies.

Thesis length: 30,000-40,000 words (including references and bibliography).

A Master of Philosophy (Research) requires you to undertake a postgraduate course of special study and research that represents a distinct contribution to knowledge.

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Full time | University of Glasgow | 1 year | SEP

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Entry requirements

Our regular standard of admission is at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), although candidates will usually also have completed or be undertaking a Masters qualification.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. The university is part of the prestigious Russell Group, and is one of only two universities in the UK to be awarded a 5 Stars Plus by the QS University Rankings 2017. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The...more

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