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MA Air, Space and Cyber Power Studies

MA Air, Space and Cyber Power Studies

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


30 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Aerospace / Defence Engineering Aviation

Course type


Course Summary

Why choose this course?

This Masters course allows you to explore many of the key elements of Air, Space and Cyber Power through focusing on theoretical approaches, historical case studies, contemporary conflicts, strategic thought and cultural and societal attitudes to air, space and cyber power. You will study these themes in depth under the care of renowned tutors who have a keen interest in and expert knowledge of these fields.

You will undertake six modules across two years of part-time study conducted entirely through on-line distance learning methods. Your studies will culminate in a piece of independent research in the form of a 12,000-15,000-word dissertation on a topic based on one or more of the elements covered in the course. Guidance in this undertaking will come from your appointed dissertation supervisor.

The two core modules Air Power Theory and Practice: c.1900 to 1990 and Air, Space and Cyber Power 1990 to the Present will provide the key elements to understanding, analysing and interpreting the historical, contemporary and future implications and challenges in the employment of air, space and cyber power. Particular emphasis is placed on the central issues of control of the air; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; attack capability and air mobility.

The programme of study will also offer eight 12-week option modules from which students choose four. The option modules will provide a range of options across international relations and politics, military history, and strategic studies. The scope of the content will cover elements of regional conflicts, international law, the ethics of war and conflict, cultural aspects of war, low-intensity operations, humanitarian intervention, coalition and multi-national warfare, inter-service relations and operations, media and propaganda, intelligence, and the economics of warfare.

Career Paths

The majority of the students enrolled on this programme will already be in full-time employment in the defence sector. In other cases students’ employability will be enhanced beyond the development of postgraduate skills by engagement with a range of external bodies (RAF Cosford, defence bodies and personnel, external speakers).


The advent of air power has radically altered and shaped the conduct, scope and nature of war in the modern world. At a strategic level the interaction between state, industry and society during war has been profoundly altered by air power, with air forces providing an increasing threat to the structure of nations, whilst making huge demands on the abilities of states to wage war. The actual conduct of war has also been reshaped by air power with control of air space long considered a vital prerequisite to the effective conduct of war fighting. This module will explore these issues by analysing the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of air power, alongside historical case studies to highlight key issues. The module will form the starting point for the course.

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 Bachelor of Arts Honours degree (2.1 or above) in a Social Sciences / Humanities subject from a UK University or overseas equivalent or: A professional qualification and/or experience considered to be equivalent.

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