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MA Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History

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

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With Britain having recently been more heavily involved in overseas wars than at any point in the last half century, the University of Buckingham has launched a Master’s degree in Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History based at a central London Club. The course commences in October 2014 with three ‘research skills seminars’ and after a year of supervised independent research, culminates with the student’s submission of a dissertation. During the first six months, candidates are encouraged to attend a series of guest seminars and dinners (set out in detail under Teaching & Assessment) at which some of the most eminent names in the field present papers. This series of talks examines why and how modern wars are fought, and the principal influences that will affect the conduct of war – and Britain’s role – in the future. This seminar programme will also be attended by Associate Students who are not degree candidates but wish to attend the talks and enjoy the ensuing discussion over dinner.

Associate students

For those who wish to attend the seminars and dinners, but do not have time to complete the coursework involved in the MA programme, it is possible to register for the course as an Associate Student. This status enables Associate Students to attend the seminars and to meet the guest lecturers, but not to proceed to the MA degree.

Programme Director and Admissions Tutor

Professor Lloyd Clark, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and Professorial Research Fellow in War Studies, Humanities Research Institute, University of Buckingham
Email: lloyd.clark@buckingham.ac.uk

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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

Students shall also have satisfied the Programme Director that they have sufficient background knowledge to undertake the degree. It is likely that they will already have a background of study in history or a cognate discipline and that they have identified a research topic which they wish to study and which they are qualified to pursue. The emphasis of the Buckingham MA in War Studies and Contemporary Military History is on independent research.

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.

English levels

If English is not your first language, please check our undergraduate 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

Wherever possible, you will be invited to the University to meet the Admissions Tutor for an informal interview and to have a tour of our campus. If you are an international applicant, it may not be possible for you to visit in person, so if the Admissions Tutor has any queries about your application you may be conducted by skype, email or phone.

The Admissions Team would be happy to answer any questions you may have:

Claire-Prendergast

Claire Prendergast

Humanities Research Secretary
claire.prendergast@buckingham.ac.uk

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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

For Master’s degree candidates the core of the programme is the writing, under supervision, of the dissertation on a subject chosen by the student in the field of Modern War Studies. Subject to approval by the Course Director, the topic to be examined in the dissertation can address any aspect of warfare since 1945, and the precise topic is usually formulated in a process of discussion with the Course Director and/or the student’s supervisor. The length of the dissertation is not more than 40,000 words and usually not less than 20,000. Research does not have to be confined to British-related subjects. Some of the themes which students may wish to examine include: political decision making; alliances; warfare and faith; the impact of critical strategic thinkers; intelligence gathering; the impact of technology on the battlefield; the development of doctrine; military-media relations; leadership; command and control; the application of force at the strategic, operational and tactical levels of war on land, sea and air; and the influence of war on non-combatants, politics, society, economies and cultures.

The Regulations for the MA in Modern War Studies for the academic year 2013-14 are available as a PDF download here.

The Regulations for the MA in Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History for the academic year 2014-15 are available as a PDF download here

Venue

This is a London-based course. The seminars will be held at the Royal Air Force Club, Piccadilly, W1. Seminars begin at 19:00 and are followed by a formal post-seminar dinner at which students can engage in a general discussion with the speaker.

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The venue for seminars: the Royal Air Force Club, Piccadilly, London W1

Seminars

There will be a programme of three research skills sessions and ten guest seminars, directed by Professor Lloyd Clark. Running approximately every other week from October 2014 to March 2015, seminar speakers will include recently serving generals and some of the most distinguished scholars and commentators in the field of modern war studies. The 2014-15 seminar programme is:

Research Seminars

7, 8 & 9 October 2014

Speakers:

  • Thursday 16 October 2014: Kate Adie (Author, broadcaster and journalist)
  • Wednesday 29 October 2014: General the Lord Dannatt (Former Chief of the General Staff)
  • Wednesday 12 November 2014: Professor Sönke Neitzel (LSE)
  • Wednesday 26 November 2014: Sir Max Hastings (Military historian, broadcaster and journalist)
  • Wednesday 10 December 2014: Lord Ashdown (Politician, diplomat and author)
  • Wednesday 14 January 2015: Robert Kershaw (Military historian and author)
  • Wednesday 28 January 2015: Mark Urban (Author, broadcaster and journalist)
  • Tuesday 10 February 2015: General Sir Nick Carter (Chief of the General Staff)
  • Monday 23 February 2015: Professor Sir Hew Strachan (All Souls’ College, Oxford)
  • Wednesday 11 March 2015: General the Lord Richards (Former Chief of the Defence Staff)

Assessment methods

Examination is by a research dissertation on an approved topic of not less than 20,000 words.

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 2015, 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).

Postgraduate taught degrees

Course

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LLM (4 terms – Sept ’14 entry & 3 terms – Jan ’15 entry) (course info) £11,655 £7,095
MA in Global Affairs (course info) £13,860 £7,320
MA in Global Affairs and Diplomacy (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)
£12,000
£6,500
£6,500
£3,250
MA in Biography (course info) £13,860 £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)
£13,860

£4,400
£7,320

£2,450
MA in Human Rights
Associate student (course info)
£13,860
£4,400
£7,320
£2,450
MA in International Affairs and Diplomacy (by research)‡
Associate student (course info)
£13,860
£4,400
£7,320
£2,450
MA in Military History
Associate student (course info)
£13,860
£4,400
£7,320
£2,450
MA in Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History‡
Associate student (course info)
£13,860
£4,400
£7,320
£2,450
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

Course

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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, MPhil, DPhil)

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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.
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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).

Discounts

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

Scholarships

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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