In a world of uncertainty and rapid change it is more important than ever to study why and how wars are fought. The University of Buckingham has a well-established Master’s degree in Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History based in London. The one year (two years part time) course* commences in October with a ‘Course Study Day’ followed by ‘Research Skills’ lectures and culminates, after a period of supervised research, with the submission of a dissertation. The course includes a Saturday ‘Seminar Day’ at the Honourable Artillery Company’s House headquarters, three evening seminars at the university’s London home in Bloomsbury, and a ‘Course Symposium’ at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. This series of talks examines a range of historical subjects as well as those issues affecting modern Defence in all dimensions.
*A six-month long variant of this course is available to all those who have attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course (or its equivalent). Click here for details.
Seminar Programme 2020-21
Please note that while every effort will be made to ensure that the seminar programme will run as scheduled, the on-going COVD-19 pandemic may require certain sessions to be held online and dates/locations are subject to change.
Talk 1: Wednesday 14 April 2021 Professor Lloyd Clark (University of Buckingham and Centre for Army Leadership) ‘Building a General: The Enduring Nature of Strategic Leadership and Modern Generalship’ 7.00pm (via MS Teams)
Talk 2: Wednesday 28 April 2021 Professor Matthias Strohn (University of Buckingham and Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research) ‘How to Win a War’, 7.00pm (via MS Teams)
Talk 3: Wednesday 12 May 2021 General Sir Nick Carter (Chief of the Defence Staff) [Title tbc] 12.00pm (Online) PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS A LUNCHTIME SEMINAR
Talk 4: Wednesday 2 June 2021, Professor Sir Hew Strachan (University of St. Andrews) [Title tbc] 7.00pm (Online)
RMAS Research Day, Saturday 19 June 2021
Talk 5: Mark Seddon (Former Media Advisor to the UN Secretary General and co-Director Centre for UN Studies) ‘Is the United Nations fit for purpose in the 21st Century?’
Talk 6: Dr Ziya Meral (Senior Research Associate, RUSI) ‘Trends in Global Defence and Security since 2000’
Talk 7: Maj Gen (rtd) Susan Ridge (Former Director General Army Legal Services) ‘Military Leadership: A Female Perspective’
Talk 8: WO1 Glenn Houghton (Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chiefs of Staff Committee) [Title tbc]
Honourable Artillery Company Research Evening, Friday 9 July 2021
Talk 9: Lieutenant General (Rtd) Jonathan Riley (Former Deputy Commander ISAF, Afghanistan) ‘The Command of Alliances and Coalitions at the Operational and Strategic level – a Commander’s Personal View’
Talk 10: Dr Chris Kempshall (University of Sussex) ‘Allied Military Leadership in the 20thCentury. A Comparison’
Talk 11: Dr Matt Offord (University of Glasgow) ‘From Nelson to the 21st Century. The Nature of Military Leadership’