To recognise the achievement of graduation from the Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC) or its international equivalent, The University of Buckingham offers a special six-months discounted MA by Research in the field of Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History. This offer is open to all officers (regular and reserve) who have graduated from the ACSC or an equivalent course in their international home institutions.
The course commences in October with a ‘Research Skills Study Day’ and, after 6 months of supervised independent research, culminates with the student’s submission of a dissertation of approximately 12,500 – 25,000 words.During their time of study, candidates are encouraged to attend both a series of guest seminars at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, and a course research day at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
The course is based in London, but there are no residential requirements for the course. Past students have come from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Face-to-face tutorials remain the preferred way of teaching, but other (online) methods can also be used.
In order to make full use of the course and its guest seminars, it is advised to start with the course at the beginning of the academic year (October). We recognise that this might not be possible for everybody and, therefore, offer a second start-date in January.
Induction and Research Skills Day
Location: Humanities Research Institute, 51 Gower Street, London WC1E
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Date: Saturday 8 October 2022
Seminar and Research Day 2022-23
Seminar Location: Army and Navy Club, 36-39 Pall Mall, St. James’s. London SW1Y 5JN
Time: Seminars take place from 7.00pm-8.30pm and are followed by dinner.
Dates: 12 October 2022; 16 November 2022; 11 January 2023; 23 February 2023; 15 March 2023
Research Day Location: The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Camberley, Surrey GU15 4PQ
Date: Saturday 20 May 2023
Our speaker programme for these events will include (subjects and dates tbc):
- General Sir Nick Carter (Former Chief of the Defence Staff)
- Dr Mark Laity (Former Director of Communications, SHAPE and currently Honorary Fellow, Strategy and Security Institute, Univ. of Exeter)
- Professor Lloyd Clark (Univ of Buckingham and Director of Research, Centre for Army Leadership)
- Dr Andrew Monaghan (Senior Research Fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House)
- Professor Joanna Bourke (Birkbeck College, Univ of London)
- Lt Col Langley Sharp (Military Head, Centre for Army Leadership and author of Habit of Excellence)
- Dr Paddy Walker (Snr Research Fellow of the Humanities Research Institute, Director of Article 36 and Assoc Fellow, RUSI)
- Mike Peters (Historian and Author)
- Dr Peter Johnson (Head of Collections and Research, RAF Museum)
- Dr Anisa Heritage (Snr Lect in Defence and International Affairs, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst)
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