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 a well-established Master’s degree in Modern War Studies and Military History based in London. 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 both a series of guest seminars at which some of the most eminent names in the field present papers and then a course symposium at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. 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.
Guest speaker seminars 2019-20
All seminars will take place at the University’s London premises at 51 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 6HJ as follows.
- 16 October 2019 Dr Emily Ferris (Royal United Services Institute) ‘It’s Putinomics, stupid!’ How Russia’s Financial Concerns Drive Military Action’
- 13 November 2019 Dr Andre Brazzodura (Oxford University) ‘The Tangled Skein – US involvement in Palestine and Israel since the 1940s’
- 11 December 2019 Tim Marshall (Bestselling author and former foreign affairs editor) ‘From Walls and Frontier Barriers: Population Movement and Security’
- 15 January 2020 John Sipher (Former head of CIA Station Russia) ‘A New Russian Threat? Russian Active Measures in Recent Years’
- 12 February 2020 Lt Gen Steven Shepro (Deputy Chairman of NATO Military Committee) ‘The Future of NATO in Uncertain Time’
- 11 March 2020 Professor Mike Neiberg (US War College) ‘From the Ground Up: Forging a new American Military’
- 25 April 2020 (Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Symposium) Mark Seddon (Media Advisor to the President of the UN and director UN Studies Centre) ‘The UN and Multinationalism in the Age of Trump’
- 25 April 2020 (Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Symposium) Maj Gen Susan Ridge (Director General Army Legal Services) ‘Senior Army Leadership, Ethics and the Law’
- 25 April 2020 (Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Symposium) WO1 Glenn Haughton (Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chiefs of Staff Committee) British Army Solider) ‘An Insider’s View from Whitehall: The Armed Forces, Change and Advising the Chiefs of Staff’
- 25 April 2020 (Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Symposium) Dr Matt Offord, Univ of Glasgow ‘Can Military Leadership be Taught? Lessons from History’
Symposium Day at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
This event will include four guest speakers, a light lunch and an exclusive tour of the Academy’s famous buildings.
Full details, including the title of papers, are to be confirmed. All of the programme’s London seminars will take place at the University’s London premises at 51 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 6HJ as follows.
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.
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, Director of Research, Centre for Army Leadership (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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