|Qualification||Start dates||Entry requirements||Full- or Part-time||Assessment|
|Master of Arts (MA)||September||First or second class honours degree or relative experience||Level of English required||Full-time||Dissertation|
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 will run from September 2013 to August 2014, with thirteen research seminars – three on research techniques and ten by guest lecturers.
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.
This 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, 18:45-20:15) 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.
- Tuesday 24 September 2013: Professor Saul David (Humanities Research Institute, University of Buckingham, and Course Director), Military History: Research Techniques 1
- Tuesday 1 October 2013: Professor Gary Sheffield (University of Birmingham), Military History: Research Techniques 2
- Tuesday 8 October 2013: Professor Saul David (University of Buckingham): Military History: Research Techniques 3,
- Monday 21 October 2013: Professor Tim Blanning (University of Cambridge), The French Revolutionary Wars
- Monday 4 November 2013: Professor William Philpott (King’s College, London), The First World War as a War of Attrition
- Monday 18 November 2013: Professor Saul David (University of Buckingham), 100 Days to Victory: How the First World War was Fought and Won
- Tuesday 3 December 2013: Professor N.A.M. Rodger (All Souls’ College, Oxford), The Battle of the Atlantic
- Monday 16 December 2013: Professor Gary Sheffield (University of Birmingham), Wellington as Military Commander: A Reassessment
- Monday 20 January 2014: Dr Graham Stewart (University of Buckingham), The War That Munich Prevented: Planning and Strategy for a European War in 1938
- Monday 3 February 2014: Professor Sir Hew Strachan (All Souls’ College, Oxford), Clausewitz’s On War
- Monday 17 February 2014: Professor Richard Overy (University of Exeter), Writing the History of the Second World War
- Monday 3 March 2014: Sir Max Hastings, Catastrophe: 1914
- Monday 17 March 2014: Professor Antony Beevor, Battle of the Bulge, 1944
How much will it cost?
Tuition fees and methods of payment, including discounts for advance payment, can be found on our postgraduate tuition fees page.
There is a small additional cost for the dinners.
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.