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MA War, Culture and Society

The course

Our MA War, Culture and Society raises urgent questions about why societies go to war, and the impact on individuals and communities. Drawing on our expertise in disciplines such as psychoanalytic studies, law, government, literature, sociology and history, you have the option to tailor your degree based on your interests choosing from a range of optional modules. You can explore a number of topics including, but not limited to:

  • The effects of violence and psychological trauma
  • The role of women during times of conflict
  • The context of the refugee experience
  • History of medicine
  • How wartime service remembered and commemorated
  • Legacies of War, Holocaust, Occupation and Collaboration in Post-1945 Europe
  • The Cold War and the remaking of British Citizenship, 1945-89
  • War, literature and gender
MA War, Culture and Society

Based in our Department of History, you will be part of an intellectual and friendly postgraduate community. We specialise in gender, social and public history – connecting histories from the past to the present – covering the early modern period to contemporary history. British, European, American, African and Asian history are all represented among our scholars, and the relations between them.

We welcome students who take advantage of opportunities throughout their studies. You’ll have the chance to visit memorial sties in London and Berlin; access the UK Data Archive and our Special Collections Archive and attend an exciting programme of events.

English Heritage Podcast with Professor Lucy Noakes

One of our leading professors on the course, Professor Lucy Noakes, recently spoke on Episode 15 of the English Heritage Podcast: The centenary of the Cenotaph: the UK’s most famous war memorial.

Listen to it here to find out how and why this famous First World War memorial was created for the Peace Day celebrations of 19 July 1919 and how it’s come to inspire the designs of other memorials to conflict all over the world.

MA War, Culture and Society

Entry requirements

We will consider applicants with a 2:2 degree in History or a related subject such as: Archaeology, Anthropology, Art History, Foreign Language with Literature content Law, Literature, Politics or Sociology.

We will also consider applicants with an unrelated degree but relevant work experience in for example museums or libraries.

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept.

If English isn’t your first language we require you to hold an English Language qualification. We will consider applicants with IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5.

Scholarships and funding

There are a number of funding options. You could be eligible to receive a postgraduate loan towards course fees and living costs. We also offer an alumni loyalty discount if you’re an Essex graduate.

We also offer a number of scholarships to support our postgraduate students. We recognise potential, regardless of financial circumstances.

How to apply

You can apply online. Our application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You will need to supply a number of supporting documents so please read our how to apply information first.

Contact us

If you would like any more information about the course, entry requirements, funding and scholarships and how to apply which isn’t on our website, please email us.



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