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Military History (Distance Learning) - MA

Online University of Birmingham    School of History and Cultures

September MA 2 years part time distance learning

About the course

The distance learning MA in Military History at the University of Birmingham offers students the opportunity to explore military history, drawing on expertise in the history of the two World Wars and air power. The course is delivered through a combination of online resources and personal tutoring, with flexibility for students to choose their dissertation topic. Students can expect to develop research skills that are highly valued by employers, along with critical thinking and analytical ability.

From the walls of Troy to the streets of Sangin, warfare has been at the centre of human life and death. Those who know nothing of war can understand neither the past nor the present, for, as Trotsky famously said, ‘war is the locomotive of history’.

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Entry Requirements

A good Honours degree in History or an equivalent discipline. Other professional experience or qualifications comparable to degree standard will also be considered. Examples might include law, accountancy, management, or published work in a relevant field. Every submission is considered on its own merits.

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Student Profile(s)

Rose Parkinson

Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

I chose Birmingham primarily because of the quality of the course and the extent to which it matched with my specific research areas and historical interests. As I undertook an undergraduate BA in History at Birmingham from 2014-2017, I was familiar with the department and was impressed with the quality of teaching and research. I also chose to stay on at the university due to my sense of involvement in the academic community here. The college actively encourages student engagement, which creates a lovely sense of participation and contribution.

What has been the highlight of your time at Birmingham?

The highlight of my time at Birmingham has been getting involved in the extracurricular elements of the department. The School of History and Cultures (and College of Arts and Law as a whole) host’s workshops and seminars throughout the year, in which students are actively encouraged to come and listen to the leading experts in respective fields discussing their work. Additionally, as a Birmingham Research Institute of History and Cultures (BRIHC) scholar, I also participate in assisting research, and writing contributions for the BRIHC blog about events and research going on in the department. This is really interesting work and also valuable experience, and the department actively encourages people to get involved beyond their teaching hours and research.


The College of Arts and Law is pleased to offer scholarships for distance learning students, studying our Masters Research programmes starting in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Applications are welcome from UK, EU and Overseas students wishing to study any discipline within the College's five schools:

English, Drama and Creative Studies
History and Cultures
Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music
Philosophy, Theology and Religion

The awards are worth up to £3,000 for full-time home/EU students and up to £10,000 for full-time overseas students and are paid as a contribution towards tuition fees. The value of the award will be adjusted pro-rata for part-time students.

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These awards are open to UK, EU and Overseas students, studying full-time or part-time distance learning Masters Research programmes in the College of Arts and Law which commence in September 2020.

Applications for funding can only be considered alongside an application to study.

Application Procedure

In order to apply, you must have completed an application to study. You will then need to complete our online application form. Your application must also be supported by two references.

For detailed advice and to complete the online application form, please visit our College of Arts and Law scholarships how to apply page: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/calgs/scholarships/cal-masters-scholarships-howtoapply.aspx

The deadline for applying is Monday 23 March 2020 at 4pm.

Only complete applications submitted before the deadline will be considered.

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