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Course summary

From wars of propaganda to weaponry and intelligence, explore the conflicts that have shaped society over the past 200 years with our international and military history degree. You’ll delve into topics as diverse as terrorism and intelligence, with the option to specialise in naval, air or land warfare. As your studies progress, you’ll expand your knowledge of major trends relating to war and diplomacy over the last two centuries. From the Victorian period to the modern-day, you’ll choose from a range of optional modules designed to explore the political, economic and cultural dimensions of war, as well as the relations between states around the world. What’s more, in the second and third year of your course you’ll have the opportunity to gain a wealth of real-world experience by pursuing study abroad or as part of one of our industry placements – both of which designed to give your CV the boost it needs to stand out in a competitive job market. In the latest National Student Survey, our international and military history degree received 95% overall student satisfaction (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data). You will

  • Explore major trends relating to war and diplomacy during the last two centuries
  • Gain hands-on experience and develop a wide range of transferable skillsets required for a variety of professional careers
  • Have the opportunity to study abroad for some, or all, of your second year
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Year one

  • Introduction to Security, Intelligence and Terrorism Studies
  • Issues in Contemporary History
  • International History (1) 1890-1945
  • International History (2) 1945-Present
  • Introduction to Contemporary Military History (1)
  • Introduction to Contemporary Military History (2)
Year two
  • The Age of Revolution
  • Theories of War
  • Researching in History
Optional modules may include:
  • Air Power and Modern Warfare
  • Regimes and Dictatorships from 1918
  • Armoured Warfare
  • US Foreign Policy since 1945
  • Intelligence, Security and Politics in Britain 1909-94
  • Chinese Foreign Policy Since 1949
  • University Wide Language Programme
*Year three*
  • Dissertation
Optional modules may include:
  • Britain and the Cold War
  • Britain and the European Resistance 1939-45
  • The History and Politics of Socialism
  • Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • Military Archive Placement Scheme
  • Military History Publishing Placement
  • British Counter-Insurgency Since 1945
  • Photography and Conflict in the 20th and 21st Centuries
  • University Wide Language Programme
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, no element below 5.5, is proof of this.

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Contemporary Military and International History at University of Salford - UCAS