From Marlborough to Montgomery and MacArthur
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, Sir Hew Strachan, Richard Overy, Sir Richard J. Evans, David Reynolds and Gary Sheffield, and Sir Antony Beevor.
The programme runs from October to September with three introductory classes on research techniques and ten seminars by guest lecturers.
2021-22 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?
Date: Monday 27 September 2021
Location: University of Buckingham in London, 51 Gower Street, Fitzrovia, London WC1E 6HJ.
- 12:00: Professor Saul David (University of Buckingham), Introductory Lecture 1
- 14:00: Professor Saul David (University of Buckingham), Introductory Lecture 2
- 16:00: Professor Saul David (University of Buckingham), Introductory Lecture 3
2021-22 Guest seminars and dinners:
All students are invited to attend the guest seminars and dinners that follow. The cost of the post-seminar dinners is included in the tuition fees.
Location: The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin St, London, SW1X 7DR.
Time: The seminars take place from 6.30pm – 8.00pm and are followed by dinner at 8.15pm.
Speakers and subjects: The speakers will include Six Max Hastings, and Professors Saul David, David Reynolds, Sir Hew Strachan, Richard Overy, Sir Richard Evans, Gary Sheffield and NAM Rodger, talking about a range of military history subjects on the following dates:
- Monday 11 October 2021, 6.30-8pm: Talk tbc. Followed by dinner at 8.15pm.
- Monday 25 October 2021, 6.30-8pm: Talk tbc. Followed by dinner at 8.15pm.
- Monday 8 November 2021, 6.30-8pm: Talk tbc. Followed by dinner at 8.15pm.
- Monday 22 November 2021, 6.30-8pm: Talk tbc. Followed by dinner 8.15pm.
- Monday 6 December 2021, 6.30-8pm: Talk tbc. Followed by dinner at 8.15pm.
- Monday 24 January 2022, 6.30-8pm: Talk tbc. Followed by dinner at 8.15pm.
- Monday 7 February 2022, 6.30-8pm: Talk tbc. Followed by dinner at 8.15pm.
- Monday 21 February 2022, 6.30-8pm: Talk tbc. Followed by dinner at 8.15pm.
- Monday 7 March 2022, 6.30-8pm: Talk tbc. Followed by dinner at 8.15pm.
- Monday 21 March 2022, 6.30-8pm: Talk tbc. Followed by dinner at 8.15pm.
For those who wish to attend the evening guest seminar programme, but are 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 guest seminars and dinners, and to meet the guest lecturers, but does not require the submission of written work. Associate Students are not registered for and do not receive, the MA degree.
What our students say
“I completed the one-year Research MA in Military History in 2012 and subsequently went on to complete a DPhil also at the University of Buckingham.
Like most students, I embarked on the MA course with a longstanding interest in military history but little understanding of the skills and disciplines involved in academic research. The unique and exciting quality of the Buckingham programme is that it enables an interested amateur as I certainly was then to tackle a historical question that is entirely new and to produce a work that can withstand rigorous professional scrutiny within an incredibly short timescale.
If the opportunity provided by the Buckingham course is exciting, its strength lies in the way it combines three elements which support and guide the student. The first is a well-crafted introduction to research techniques backed by exercises to develop research and writing skills. This element is relevant and practical and it is adjusted to the needs of the individual. The second is the series of general interest lectures over the first half of the year all provided by first rank historians. These expose students to new historical problems and the latest research and the format over dinner allows genuinely stimulating debate. They provide invaluable context for the student’s individual work. However, the critical element that stands out at Buckingham is the quality of the individual guidance and supervision in selecting a research topic and then executing successive stages. I cannot rate too highly the individual supervision that I and my fellow students received. I think DPhil students at the best universities would count themselves fortunate to receive the tailored support of this quality and care and not least time from some of the best historians in the United Kingdom.
I would also like to commend the general administration of the Buckingham MA programme. It is a complex programme with diverse students with different requirements, a complex lecture programme and no dedicated Buckingham owned site in London. Yet the execution from logistics around successive lectures through to the examination of the final thesis and the monitoring of academic standards was close to perfect.”
“The MA by Research in Military History at The University of Buckingham offers students the opportunity to channel their passion and intellectual curiosity into an academic endeavour full of reward.
The research seminars delivered by Professor Saul David equip the student early on with a solid foundation to build on, along with a road map to begin drawing out one’s chosen topic. Accompanying these are lectures from speakers at the apex of their field, which are both informative and inspiring, set within a comfortable environment conducive to open debate. Moreover, the student support at Buckingham is second to none, with administrators on hand to answer any questions and avoid any pitfalls emerging, along with librarians available to assist in seeking out rare books. Taken together, the MA by Research in Military History guarantees a unique experience and provides the necessary tools to succeed.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course and found the whole experience both character building and rewarding. It provided an excellent platform to develop a keen interest into an extensive academic project, under the watchful eyes of expert supervision. I look forward to my next project within this space.”
Scott Sherriff, MA in Military History (distinction), 2020
Full details in the Curriculum Handbook
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