The Department of Political and Cultural Studies (PCS) boasts a dynamic research environment with a committed staff all of whom are research-active. Academic members of staff within War and Society have a very considerable range of research interests on which we offer supervision for research degrees.
An MA by Research in War and Society gives you the chance to pursue a major research project based around your own passions and interests, leading to a qualification which can open the door to an academic career or boost employment prospects outside academia. It will give you the freedom to explore a topic of your choosing and develop a methodology under the close supervision of two experienced academics but without attending regular classes as required in taught programmes.
Typically, you will work closely with your supervisors, meeting them regularly, in many instances fortnightly, in the first term and at regular intervals thereafter. Meetings are logged and goals agreed each time.
Students enrolled on the MA by Research in War and Society are required to attend skills and training courses at College and University level. You may also be expected to give presentations to other research students and staff at departmental seminars and attend the postgraduate conference of the College of Arts and Humanities which is held in October.
The MA by Research in War and Society is ideal for those who want:
an MA qualification in areas where taught programmes are not offered;
the experience of a research degree without committing to a PhD at the outset.
Research proposals are invited on any topic for which staff in PCS can provide supervision. It is a good idea to enter into discussions about your research project with the Department's Director of Postgraduate Research, Professor Roland Axtmann ([email protected]
), before drawing up an initial proposal and starting the application process.
At any one time, the department has over forty research students who work together with their supervisors on their projects. Staff can offer their expertise to research students in the field of War and Society.
The War and Society programme is closely connected to the research strengths of the academic staff who are actively involved in The Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict, Power and Empire, which produces world-class research in the areas of conflict and security, empire and post colonialism, ‘digital’ war, and conflict and culture. The Centre also manages major Research Council funded projects, and promotes collaboration between scholars, policy makers and cultural providers.