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War and Society MA

Course Description

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

War has been a catalyst for violent change throughout human history. It inflicts terrible suffering and degradation and yet evokes great bravery. It has been simultaneously a force of destruction and of creation. Interrogating the role war has played in the evolution of human civilization, from the ancient to the most contemporary, is an immense and vital challenge.

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 and the Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict.

Modules on the course in War and Society typically include:

• War, Identity and Society
• War, Culture and Technology
• Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention
• Critical Security
• Venice and the Sea
• International Security in the Asia Pacific
• Violence, Conflict and Development
• Ghosts of the Confederacy
• State of Africa
• The Army in the Roman Empire
• Fascism and Culture
• War in Space

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 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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Entry Requirements

The typical entry requirement for the War and Society MA is a first degree in a relevant discipline, normally an upper second or above or equivalent. Overseas students are expected to possess an IELTS score of 6.5.

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