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 with a ‘Research Skills Study Day’ 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.
All seminars will take place at the University’s London premises at 51 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 6HJ as follows:
Research Skills Study Day
Saturday 6 October 2018, 09:00 – 17:00
Guest Speaker Seminars
All guest speaker seminars commence at 19:00 and are followed by a dinner at a nearby restaurant.
- Wednesday 17 October 2018: General Sir Rupert Smith (Author and Former NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe) on ‘Applied Strategy’.
- Wednesday 14 November 2018: General The Lord Richards (Former Chief of the Defence Staff) on ‘Threats, Leadership and the Strategic Horizon’.
- Wednesday 12 December 2018: Professor Sir Hew Strachan (Author and University of St Andrews) on ‘Maritime Strategy’.
- Wednesday 16 January 2019 – Major Russell Lewis MC (Parachute Regiment Officer and Centre for Army Leadership Teaching Fellow) on ‘Military Leadership in the 21st Century – Preparing for Complexity and Change.’
- Wednesday 13 February 2019 – Dr Mike Martin (King’s College. London) on ‘The Evolutionary Psychology of Warfare’.
- Wednesday 12 June 2019 – Professor Lloyd Clark (University of Buckingham and Centre for Army Leadership) on ‘Leadership and Generalship in the British Army, 2025’.
Each of the guest speaker seminars is followed by a dinner at a nearby restaurant. As the dinners are optional, their cost is not included in the tuition fees, and students will be invoiced for any that they attend, at a rate of £70 each.
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
What our students say
Patrick Walker: ‘The Master’s course exceeded all expectations. The quality of the lecture programme and access to the extraordinary list of speakers, all leaders in their fields, was quite excellent, as was the painstaking guidance given to us on scoping and writing our dissertations. Professor Clark [the Course Director] was tireless in his encouragement, wide-ranging in his suggestions, and an inspiration to my crafting and completing the course essay. It is a testament to his engagement that I am now taking forward my studies towards a PhD in the subject.’
Dr Andy Winrow: ‘The MA has been a really rewarding project and a great antidote to my professional work. The seminars have been great fun and there has been a real sense of camaraderie among the students.’
Full details in the Curriculum Handbook
For further details contact:
Humanities Research Admissions on +44 (0)1280 827514
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