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MA Second World War Studies: Conflict, Societies, Holocaust

MA Second World War Studies: Conflict, Societies, Holocaust

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Study mode

Part time


28 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Holocaust History International History War Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Why choose this course?

The Second World War attracts more academic, media and public interest than any other event in history, and it is an integral part of school and further/higher education curricula. This programme will enable you to study the subject in detail, to update your knowledge, and to become familiar with the use of personal accounts, including interviews and testimonies. You will be taught by experts in the field, and you will carry out your own research in your favourite area.

You will study in depth some of the key issues in the military, political, and social history of the Second World War, such as strategy, diplomacy and politics of Axis and Allied forces, the war in the air, the victory campaign in the West, and the war in the East, including life under German occupation, the fate of societies under the conditions of total war, and last but not least, the Holocaust.

Students will be eligible for a Postgraduate Certificate Second World War Studies: Conflict, Societies, Holocaust after completing their first year of study. Students who complete the whole course will be eligible for the full award.

Career Paths

Successful completion of the course will enhance your career prospects and could lead to a specialised career in museums, education, armed forces, or as a battlefield guide, along with more general arts-related careers.

It will be particularly relevant to researchers, teachers, journalists, political and central government professionals, civil servants, military professionals, charity and campaign workers.


This module will acquaint students with a thorough understanding of the varying approaches of the Axis and Allied powers in the Second World War to the development and implementation of strategy. It will critically assess key aspects of coalition warfare, the development of strategic approaches to the prosecution of the war, and the the link between wartime politics and diplomacy in the formulation of grand strategy. The module will introduce students to a range of prmary sources and secondary historiographical issues and interpretations and further develop skills of critical anlaysis and interpretation. Students will discuss and debate these issues leading to a final essay.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Standard full-time fee is £13,650 and it is a guide for part time students. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:1 in a relevant degree is desirable, but applicants with other qualifications and non-graduates will be considered on individual merits.

University information

The University of Wolverhampton prides itself on being a career-focused university, with extensive business links across a wide range of industries. It has a 98% employability rating for its postgraduate students and offers over 150 postgraduate qualifications. Located in the heart of England, Wolverhampton is within easy reach of the rest of the UK, less than 20 minutes to Birmingham with London, Manchester and Liverpool in easy reach on the...more