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MA Modern War Studies

University of Buckingham
Length: 1 year
Study pace: Part time
Education level: Master's degree
Location: London
Language: English

Program Description

The Modern War Studies MA degree course is designed for military officers, those working in the defence industry and students wishing to grapple with the key questions in the field of modern war studies.

This MA degree provides a stimulating programme specifically designed to develop a student’s understanding of this multifaceted subject and the critical skills associated with it. The course will focus on the practice, nature and conduct of war since 1945, provide an analysis of conflicts of the early twenty-first century and explore theories about future warfare.

Critical themes in Modern War Studies include:

  • political decision making;
  • alliances;
  • warfare and faith;
  • the impact of critical strategic thinkers;
  • intelligence gathering;
  • the impact of technology on the battlefield;
  • the development of doctrine;
  • military-media relations;
  • leadership;
  • command and control and lesson learning.

The course will examine the application of force at the strategic, operational and tactical levels of war on land, sea and air and assess its influence on non-combatants, politics, society, economies and cultures.

The seminars will be held at the Cavalry and Guards Club in Central London. Seminars begin at 19:00 and are followed by a formal post-seminar dinner at which students can engage in a general discussion with the speaker. The course is assessed via a research dissertation of at least 20,000 words.

Admission requirements

Students wishing to study the Modern War MA degree must meet the following requirements:

  • A first or second class honours degree (or equivalent) or substantial relevant work experience.

This program has an IELTS English language proficiency requirement. For more information about IELTS or to book a test, click below:

Tuition & fees

Fees for UK and EU citizens are £5,760; for international students (non-EU), £9,900

University of Buckingham

University of Buckingham

The University of Buckingham was founded in 1976. It is the only independent University in the United Kingdom to hold a royal charter, which gives it the power to award its own degrees. It is a non profit-making charity. From...


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