To recognise the achievement of graduation from the Intermediate Command and Staff Course (ICSC) 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 ICSC 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 words. During their time of study, 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 course symposia at the Honourable Artillery Company’s Armoury House and 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.
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.
Speakers currently include:
- General Sir Nick Carter (Chief of the Defence Staff)
- Professor Sir Hew Strachan (University of St. Andrews, formerly Chichele Professor of the History of War, Oxford University)
- Lt Gen Jonathon Riley (Former Deputy Commander ISAF, Afghanistan)
- Sir Rodric Braithwaite (Former HM Ambassador in Moscow and chairman of UK Joint Intelligence Committee
- WO1 Glenn Haughton (Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chiefs of Staff Committee) British Army Solider)
- Professor Richard Toye (University of Exeter)
- Dr Ziya Meral (Resident Fellow at the Centre for Historical and Analysis and Conflict Research and Director of the Centre on Religion and Global Affairs)
- Mark Seddon (Media Advisor to the President of the UN and Director UN Studies Centre)
- Maj Gen Susan Ridge (Former Director General Army Legal Services)
- Dr Matt Offord (University of Glasgow)
- Dr Chris Kempshall (University of Kent and Research Fellow at the Centre for Army Leadership Research Fellow)
- 3 October 2020 (Saturday) ‘Course Study Day’
- October – December 2020 (Dates tbc) ‘Research Skills Lecture Series’
- 15 January 2021 (Friday evening) ‘Seminar Day’, Honourable Artillery Company, Armoury House, Finsbury Barracks. To include three guest speakers and a light lunch.
- 27 January 2021 (Wednesday evening) – ‘Seminar 1’, Humanities Research Institute 51 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London followed by an optional dinner at a local restaurant
- 17 February 2021 (Wednesday evening) – ‘Seminar 2’, Humanities Research Institute 51 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London followed by an optional dinner at a local restaurant
- 17 March 2021 (Wednesday evening) – ‘Seminar 3’, Humanities Research Institute 51 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London followed by an optional dinner at a local restaurant
- April 2021 (Saturday, date tbc) ‘Symposium’, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Camberley, Surrey. To include four guest speakers, panel discussion, a light lunch and an exclusive tour of the Academy’s famous buildings.
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