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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Politics & Government

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 3 years part-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    For current fees visit our website

  • Last Updated

    04 September 2018

Course content

The MA in War and Society is a unique degree that explores the most spectacular of historic events.

Key Features of MA in War and Society

War has been a catalyst for violent change throughout human history. It inflicts terrible suffering and degradation and yet evokes great bravery. 

What is War? A simple, meaningful definition is not easily achieved. Simple explanations are insufficient. War needs to be analysed in political, social, cultural, technological, historical, military and media contexts.

War and Society is a collaborative, interdisciplinary MA Degree programme that utilises the range of research expertise in the College of Arts and Humanities.

War and Society Programme Aims

  • To acquire advanced knowledge and understanding of a range of topics related to war and society.
  • To develop theoretical, practical and methodological skills relevant to all aspects of study of war and society.
  • To lay a solid foundation of knowledge and analytical and presentational skills for further research work in the field.

War and Society Course Structure

The full-time War and Society course structure is split across the year with three modules taken in each academic semester (a total of six modules) and then a dissertation over the summer.

War and Society students study three compulsory modules and three optional modules. The dissertation is written on a specialist research topic of the student's choosing.

Part-time study is available.


Modules on the course in War and Society typically include:

  • Research Folder (War and Society)
  • War, Technology and Culture
  • War, Identity and Society
  • Conceptual Issues In the Theory and Practice of Social Sciences
  • Approaches to International Relations
  • Approaches to Political Theory
  • Human rights, Humanitarian Intervention and Global Justice: Moral Problems International Politics
  • International Security in the Asia Pacific
  • Politics in Contemporary Britain
  • War and Space
  • The State of Africa
  • Critical Security Studies: Issues and Approaches in Contemporary Security
  • Rights-based Approaches to Development
  • Violence, Conflict and Development
  • The Policy Making Process
  • Postcolonialism, Orientalism, Eurocentrism
  • Gender and the Social Sciences
  • Cyber Governance
  • Foundations of International Political Economy

Who should Apply?

Students interested in War and Society from a history, politics, media or related background. Students interested in preparation for postgraduate research, MPhil or PhD, or who wish to develop skills and knowledge related to war and society.


Career expectations are excellent for war and society graduates. MA in War and Society degree holders may move on to doctoral study or enter employment in such areas as military organisations; diplomatic corps; the foreign office; humanitarian organisations; museums, heritage and tourism; marketing, sales and advertising; business, art, design and culture; media and PR; social and welfare professions and the civil service.

Visit the War and Society MA page on the Swansea University website for more details!





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