This programme provides students with a thorough understanding of relevant methodological approaches and the questions and challenges of writing and researching military history. You’ll analyse the role of war in human history from its early beginnings to the present day in a core module which focuses on historiographical debates about warfare. You can then choose to study optional modules about a broad range of topics in the history of war, from medieval and early modern times to today.
You’ll have opportunities to use internationally-renowned collections in your studies, including the Liddle Collection of artefacts and private papers from the First World War in our Brotherton Library, the holdings of the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, and material from the Imperial War museum North at Salford. The Second World War experience museum in nearby Wetherby provides a huge collection of private papers from the Second World War.
As well as the three compulsory modules, you also choose two optional modules from a selection, for example:
- Making History: Archive Collaborations
- Warfare in the Age of the Crusades
- Defending the Nation: Britain during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1793 to 1815
- Medicine and Warfare in the19th and 20th Centuries