MA Military History

Entry requirements: First or second class honours degree or relevant experience 
Full or Part-time: Full-time, Part-time
School: School of Humanities

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Course outline

With military history one of the fastest-growing areas of academic study, the University of Buckingham introduced a one-year MA in Military History, by research, in 2009. This is a groundbreaking programme: the first one-year Research MA in Military History, and the first with an integral course of seminars by visiting lecturers of international repute.  The programme was enthusiastically reviewed by The Financial Times, which noted that “Intellectually curious professionals are signing up for a new course that gives them the opportunity to exchange thoughts on security, diplomacy and the armed forces over dinner with stellar historians and military top brass.”

The programme is London-based and directed by one of the country’s finest military historians, Professor Saul David. The lectures offered by the Course Director will be supplemented by a series of ten guest seminars by some of the most eminent scholars and authors in the field, including Professors N.A.M. Rodger, Hew Strachan, Richard Overy, Tim Blanning and Gary Sheffield, Antony Beevor and Sir Max Hastings.

The programme runs from October to September with thirteen research seminars – three on research techniques and ten by guest lecturers.

Associate students

For those wishing to attend the evening research seminar programme, but unable to devote the time to the coursework or to register for the MA degree, there is the option of becoming an Associate Student.  This status will enable the student to attend the ten research seminars and to meet the guest lecturers, in the first six months of the programme, but does not require the submission of written work. Associate Students are not registered for, and do not receive, the MA degree.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry level required for this course is as follows:

  • a first or second-class honours degree from a recognised university or,
  • a recognised professional qualification with relevant work experience

Mature students

Age is no barrier to learning and we welcome all applications from suitably qualified students.

International students

We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements and student testimonials from your home country.

The University is a UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor.

English levels

If English is not your first language, please check our postgraduate English language requirements. If your English levels don’t meet our minimum requirements, you may be interested in applying for our Pre-sessional English Language Foundation Programmes.

Selection process

Candidates apply online, sending in their supporting documents, and will be assessed on this basis by the Programme Director.  The Programme Director or Admissions Assistant will be happy to answer any enquiries.


Claire Prendergast

Humanities Research Secretary

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Quality teaching

We offer high quality, traditional Oxbridge-style teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work.

High calibre staff

Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in business or industry and can offer networking opportunities for students.

Teaching methods

The MA does not offer systematic instruction in the facts of history; instead, the emphasis is on independent research.

At the heart of the Buckingham MA is the close working relationship between student and supervisor. While the final thesis must be an independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final text (which should be not less than 20,000 words). Supervisors and students will meet frequently throughout the year, and not less than twice a term; and the supervisor shall always be the student’s primary contact for academic advice and support.

RAF Club stained glass windowThis is a London-based course. The seminars will be held at the RAF Club, in Central London (128 Piccadilly). The nearest London Underground Stations are Hyde Park (Piccadilly Line) or Green Park (Victoria, Jubilee and Piccadilly Lines).

Each seminar (approximately 90 minutes, 18:30-20:00) is followed by a post-seminar dinner, at the RAF Club, for those who wish to attend, where there will be an opportunity to continue the seminar discussion in an informal environment. Attendance at these dinners is entirely at the choice of the student, and their cost is not covered by the tuition fee.

Tutorials and meetings with supervisors will take place at the University of Buckingham’s London offices, situated in the European School of Economics, 8/9 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7SH, near Buckingham Palace.

2015-16 Introductory classes:

The Introductory Classes are for Students taking the full MA. If any Associate Students would like to attend, could they let Professor David know in advance. The locations for the Introductory Classes are the President’s Room and Meeting Room B of the RAF Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY

  • Monday 5 October 2015, 19:00-20:00: Professor Saul David (University of Buckingham), Military History: Research Techniques 1
  • Tuesday 6 October 2015, 19:00-20:00: Professor Saul David (University of Buckingham), Military History: Research Techniques 2
  • Wednesday 7 October 2015, 19:00-20:00: Professor Gary Sheffield (University of Wolverhampton), Military History: Research Techniques 3

2015-16 Research seminars:

All students are invited to attend the guest seminars and dinners that follow. Guest Seminar and Dinner Location: President’s Room, RAF Club, 128 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7PY. Telephone: 020 7399 1000. Dress code: lounge suit or tailored jacket and tie, and the equivalent dress for women. The use of mobile phones in the Club is forbidden except in certain designated areas. Seminars are held from 18:30 to 20:00 followed by dinner at 20:15.  The dates for the 2015-16 seminars are:

  • Monday 19 October 2015
  • Monday 2 November 2015
  • Monday 16 November 2015
  • Monday 30 November 2015
  • Tuesday 15 December 2015
  • Monday 18 January 2016
  • Monday 1 February 2016
  • Monday 15 February 2016
  • Monday 29 February 2016
  • Monday 14 March 2016

The speakers for the 2014-15 research seminars were:

  • Monday 20 October 2014: James Holland, ‘The Second World War in the West: A New History’.
  • Monday 3 November 2014: Professor Brendan Simms (University of Cambridge), ‘Three Victories and a Defeat: The Rise and Fall of the First British Empire’.
  • Monday 17 November 2014: Professor Saul David (University of Buckingham), ‘Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift’.
  • Monday 1 December 2014: Professor N.A.M. Rodger (All Souls’ College, Oxford), ‘Battleships in the Second World War’.
  • Monday 15 December 2014: Professor Gary Sheffield (University of Birmingham), ‘The Origins of the First World War’.
  • Monday 19 January 2015: Professor Sir Hew Strachan (All Souls’ College, Oxford), ‘The Impact of the Great War on 20th Century Strategy’.
  • Monday 2 February 2015: Professor Andrew Roberts (Cornell University), ‘Napoleon the Great’.
  • Monday 16 February 2015: Professor Richard Overy (University of Exeter), ‘Kursk: The Battle that Turned the Tide?
  • Tuesday 3 March 2015: Sir Max Hastings, ‘Warriors’.
  • Monday 16 March 2015: Professor Antony Beevor (Birkbeck College, London), ‘The Ardennes Offensive, 1944

Graduate employment

We have a high graduate employment rate:

Our graduate prospects are excellentOur graduates have gone on to further study at most of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, London, Oxford and Cambridge and secured jobs in senior positions around the world. Among our alumni we have a graduate who became the head of his country’s civil service and one who became a leading Formula One motor-racing driver. Another secured a position as the Minister of Sabah and one female law graduate became the first British lawyer to become a French Advocate.

The tuition fees quoted below are for the degree (e.g. if you start an MBA at Buckingham in January 2016, you will pay the same termly fee for the duration of your degree – you will not be affected by the price increase in September 2016). Fees are normally paid in termly instalments.

Unless specifically stated otherwise, postgraduate degrees are normally studied over four terms (one year). Fees for 2015-16 are available as follows:

Postgraduate taught degrees


tuition fees

tuition fees

LLM (4 terms – Sept ’14 entry & 3 terms – Jan ’15 entry) (course info) £11,655 £7,095
MA in Law Enforcement, Security and Intelligence (course info) £13,860 £7,320
MA in Security and Intelligence Studies (course info) £13,860 £7,320
MA in Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy (course info) £13,860 £7,320
MA in Archaeology
Associate student (course info)
MA in Biography (course info) £13,460 £7,320
MA in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors (3-terms) (course info) £13,500 £9,135
MA in History of Art: Renaissance to Modernism+
Associate student (course info)


MA in Human Rights+
Associate student (course info)
MA in International Affairs and Diplomacy (by research)‡+
Associate student (course info)
MA in Military History+
Associate student (course info)
MA in Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History‡+
Associate student (course info)
MBA (course info) £15,540 £9,460
MD in General Internal Medicine (Clinical) (2-year, 8-term) (course info) £50,000 £50,000
MSc in Clinical Science (course info) £50,000 £50,000
MEd in Educational Leadership (18-month, 6-term) (course info) £3,650 £3,650
MSc in Accounting and Finance (course info) £13,860 £8,400
MSc in Applied Computing (18-months, 6-term) (course info) £17,010 £10,710
MSc in Innovative Computing (course info) £13,860 £8,400
MSc in Finance and Investment (course info) £15,540 £9,460
MSc in Financial Service Management (course info) £14,180 £8,940
MSc in Continuous Improvement in Public Services (2-years, part-time) (course info) £17,000 £17,000
MSc Lean Enterprise (2-years, 8-term) (course info) £18,000 £18,000
MSc Management in a Global Service Economy (course info) £13,860 £8,400
MSc Management in a Service Economy (course info) £13,860 £8,400
MSc Management in a Service Economy (2-years, 8-term)(part-time) (course info) £13,860 £8,400

Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas


tuition fees#

tuition fees#

Certificate in Computing (2-terms) (course info) £6,930 £4,200
Pre-Masters Course in Business (1-term) £3,885 £2,365
Graduate Diploma in Computing (3-terms) (course info) £10,395 £6,300
Graduate Diploma in Computing (4-terms) (course info) £10,400 £6,300
Postgraduate Certificate in Middle Leadership (course info) £1,250 £1,250
Independent PGCE (course info) £3,695 £3,695
PGCE with Teachers’ Standards
(course info)
£5,300 £5,300

Postgraduate research
(MA, MSc, MPhil, DPhil)

Annual fee*

Annual fee*

Full-time – English Literature or History £13,020 £7,000
Full-time – Humanities, Business, Law £13,020 £7,000
Full-time – Science♦ £13,020 £7,000
Resident outside of the UK £6,510 £3,500

#Students will pay the same termly fee for the duration of their studies. The tuition fee quoted is therefore the total cost of the degree.
All fees are subject to annual increase (in September). Total tuition fees will vary if the degree spans more than one calendar year.
Associate fees exclude dinners.
The fee for undertaking a research degree in the Clore Laboratory will include a bench fee. This will be dependent on the nature of the research project and will be notified to you in your offer letter.
‡20% discount available for accredited embassy staff (International Affairs and Diplomacy by research) / serving Officers in the British Armed Forces (War Studies).
+ Dinners following the seminars are available at a small additional cost.


Students who graduate from the University and plan to continue their studies with a postgraduate degree at Buckingham can benefit from a very generous automatic discount on their fees:

  • 33%, those with a first class honours degree from Buckingham
  • 25%, those with a Second Class Honours, Upper Division (2:1) degree from Buckingham


Details of scholarships can be found on our main Bursaries and Scholarships page. You should make an application to study at the University and receive an offer letter confirming our acceptance of your application before applying for a scholarship.

You may also find it useful to visit our External Funding page.  We currently have one Commonwealth Shared Scholarship award for September 2015 for our MSc Management in a Global Service Economy.

Due to the mode of study on this course you will not normally need a room in University accommodation during your degree.

However, if you require short-term accommodation in Buckingham we would be happy to provide a list of local bed and breakfast or hotel accommodation. Alternatively, please contact our Accommodation Office for advice.

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