This distinctive full-time MA programme provides you with an opportunity to study the history and historiography of warfare from a multi-disciplinary and multi-period perspective. A thorough grounding is provided in research methods and in the historiography and economics of warfare while a wide choice of options complements the broad range of possible dissertation subjects that can be supported by our staff.
You will study four core modules:
- Historical Methods
- Research Skills: Dissertation Preparation
- Economics of War
- Writing the History of Warfare (for students who have not taken the BA War Studies degree at the University of Birmingham
) OR Advanced Option – History (for students who have taken the BA War Studies degree at the University of Birmingham
* Advanced Option – History can be taken in the Autumn or Spring term. A range of Advanced Options on the History of Warfare are available, including: 'The United States and World War II'; and 'Military Revolutions and the Conduct of War, c.1300-1650'.
You will also choose two optional modules, from a range which includes:
- Marlborough's Wars: Sources
- Marlborough's Wars: Essays
- The Sharpe End: The British Army and the Defeat of Napoleon: Sources
- The Sharpe End: The British Army and the Defeat of Napoleon: Essays
- Brass Hats and Frock Coats: British Strategy in the First World War
- The Experience of Air Warfare
Each module is assessed by 4,000-word essay and you will complete the programme with a 15,000-word dissertation.
The University of Birmingham
has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.
Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.
Our History graduates develop a range of skills, including familiarity with research methods, the ability to manage large and diverse quantities of information, and the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines, which can be used in a variety of occupations. Historically, over 94% of our History students have been in employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays
If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk