Military History MA

Entry Requirements


In principally addressing the study of British military history, both within the European context and the wider world, the course seeks to explain why wars occur, highlight how warfare has changed through the ages, and to show how the military interacts with wider human society

The County of Shropshire and the town of Shrewsbury have a long association with the British military, and there is a wide range of relevant and accessible source material relating to the study of British military history deposited locally and regionally.





Programme Structure:

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

The course is delivered by an experienced team of tutors who have specialised research interests and publications within this field.

Teaching is flexible, but based upon lectures, seminars, workshops and individual tutorials, which are normally scheduled during the daytime.

Compulsory Core Modules

  • The History and Theory of Western Warfare
  • Research Methods and Skills in History

Optional Modules (please note that optional modules are subject to staff availability)

Each student selects three modules; one module from Group A, one module from Group B and one other module from either Group A or Group B.

Group A

  • Crusades: Experiments in Holy Warfare
  • Defending the Realm: Fortifications in the Landscape
  • Transformation and Impact: War and Chivalry in the Later Middle Ages
  • The British Wars, 1637-1651
  • Marlborough’s Wars, 1672-1712
  • Kingship and Warfare in Anglo-Saxon England, 400-1066
  • The American War of Independence, 1775-1783

Group B

  • The Vietnam War
  • War and Memory; Commemorating the World Wars in Western Europe
  • The American Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Presenting Warfare: Military Museums in the UK
  • From the Fall of Saigon to the Fall of the Twin Towers: American Military Activity in the Era of the Vietnam Syndrome
  • Air Power and Warfare in the Twentieth Century

Research Module

  • Research Dissertation

Students are required to conduct original research and write a dissertation on a topic of their choice, subject to the approval of their supervisors (equivalent to four modules). The dissertation is only applicable to those students completing the MA course.

Please note that some modules may have occasional weekend field visits to relevant national sites.


Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma

Alternative exit awards for this programme are the Postgraduate Certificate and the Postgraduate Diploma. The Postgraduate Certificate can be awarded on successful completion of both core modules and one optional module. The Postgraduate Diploma can be awarded on successful completion of both core modules, two optional modules (one module from Group A and one module from Group B) and an extended research essay of approximately 6,000 words.


Each taught module will be assessed by means of written coursework of approximately 4,000 words, comprising essays, reports, reviews and oral presentations. The Research Dissertation will be between 16,000 and 18,000 words in length.


Entry Requirements

A good, second class honours degree in any relevant discipline or an equivalent qualification is required. Credit exemption may be given for appropriate certificated or experiential learning undertaken or completed within the previous five years. Admission to the Master of Arts, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate programmes is by written application and interview.

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