Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History at University of Buckingham - UCAS

University of Buckingham

Degree level: Postgraduate

Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History (Research)

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Course summary

The University of Buckingham is:

  • Home of the two-year degree, the University of Buckingham, based in the South East of England, is ranked 6th for Student Satisfaction in the UK (National Student Survey, 2020).
  • We are proudly independent and not-for-profit, and offer courses in Allied Health, Business, Computing, Education, Humanities, Law, Medicine, Psychology and Security and Intelligence. We are one of the few universities in the UK that offer September and January start dates for almost all of our courses.
  • Based in Buckingham on a riverside campus, we are only 20 minutes’ from Milton Keynes central station and a short drive from Bicester, Aylesbury, Banbury and Northampton. There is free parking on-site and we are within easy reach of London and Oxford.
  • Our award-winning small class tutorials ensure every student is known by name and supported throughout their studies, including by dedicated personal tutors.
  • As pioneers of the two-year degree, we offer a condensed version of the traditional three-year degree, meaning you can gain a full honours degree and complete your studies a whole year earlier. Alternatively, you can complete both your undergraduate and master’s degree with us in just three years: saving you time and money.
In a world of uncertainty and rapid change it is more important than ever to study why and how wars are fought. The University of Buckingham has a well-established Master’s degree in Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History based in London. The one year (two years part time) course* commences in October with a ‘Course Study Day’ followed by ‘Research Skills’ lectures and culminates, after a period of supervised research, with the submission of a dissertation. The course includes a Saturday ‘Seminar Day’ at the Honourable Artillery Company’s House headquarters, three evening seminars at the university’s London home in Bloomsbury, and a ‘Course Symposium’ at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. This series of talks examines a range of historical subjects as well as those issues affecting modern Defence in all dimensions. Speakers currently include: General Sir Nick Carter (Chief of the Defence Staff) Professor Sir Hew Strachan (University of St Andrews) Lt Gen Jonathon Riley (Former Deputy Commander ISAF, Afghanistan) WO1 Glenn Haughton (Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chiefs of Staff Committee) British Army Solider) Professor Richard Toye (University of Exeter) Dr Ziya Meral (Resident Fellow at the Centre for Historical and Analysis and Conflict Research and Director of the Centre on Religion and Global Affairs) Mark Seddon (Media Advisor to the President of the UN and Director UN Studies Centre) Maj Gen Susan Ridge (Former Director General Army Legal Services) Dr Matt Offord (University of Glasgow) Dr Chris Kempshall (University of Kent and Research Fellow at the Centre for Army Leadership Research Fellow)

Assessment method

Assessment is by dissertation of 20,000 words.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

International applicants

With staff and students from over 90 countries around the world, the University enjoys a wonderful and culturally diverse atmosphere. Voted top for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey since 2006, we provide support for students from outside the UK including: assistance with visa application and renewal; guaranteed accommodation in halls of residence; and a personal tutor to support your academic studies. Academic staff are available to help and advise, and operate an open-door policy. We have the best staff to student ratio of any university in the UK. Our students have formed a number of overseas clubs, and there is a sports and social programme each term to ensure you enjoy your time with us. Our idyllic setting between Oxford and Milton Keynes offers access to a range of cultural and social activities and Bicester Village, the renowned shopping outlet is a short bus ride away. English Language requirements: it is very important that your English level is of a good standard for you to be successful in your studies. All applicants must achieve specific requirements in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing). Please check our website for more details of the undergraduate or postgraduate language requirements for your course.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry level required for this course is as follows: •a first or second-class honours degree from a recognised university or, •a recognised professional qualification with relevant work experience Students shall also have satisfied the Programme Director that they have sufficient background knowledge to undertake the degree. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Whole course
Northern Ireland £9000 Whole course
Scotland £9000 Whole course
Wales £9000 Whole course
Channel Islands £9000 Whole course
EU £15696 Whole course
International £15696 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £15696 Whole course

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

The University would like to encourage students – both undergraduates and postgraduates – to come to Buckingham regardless of their financial circumstances. The bursaries and scholarships we offer are awarded on merit and/or on financial need. You may only accept one University award. All awards are subject to your meeting the University’s academic entry requirements and abiding by the University’s rules and regulations. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you will need to have been offered a place to study at Buckingham. For details of our current range of scholarships and bursaries please see our website:

Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History at University of Buckingham - UCAS