With military history one of the fastest-growing areas of academic study, the University of Buckingham introduced a one-year MA in Military History, by research, in 2009. This is a groundbreaking programme: the first one-year Research MA in Military History, and the first with an integral course of seminars by visiting lecturers of international repute. The programme was enthusiastically reviewed by The Financial Times, which noted that Intellectually curious professionals are signing up for a new course that gives them the opportunity to exchange thoughts on security, diplomacy and the armed forces over dinner with stellar historians and military top brass.
The programme is London-based and directed by one of the countrys finest military historians, Professor Saul David. The lectures offered by the Course Director will be supplemented by a series of ten guest seminars by some of the most eminent scholars and authors in the field, including Professors N.A.M. Rodger, Hew Strachan, Richard Overy and Gary Sheffield, Antony Beevor, Sir Max Hastings, Simon Sebag Montefiore and General Sir Mike Jackson.
The programme runs from September 2011 to August 2012, with thirteen research seminars three on research techniques and ten by guest lecturers.
UK/EU: £6,800; International: £11,400
The MA does not offer systematic instruction in the facts of history; instead, the emphasis is on independent research.
At the heart of the Buckingham MA is the close working relationship between student and supervisor. While the final thesis must be an independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final text (which should be not less than 20,000 words). Supervisors and students will meet frequently throughout the year, and not less than twice a term; and the supervisor shall always be the students primary contact for academic advice and support.
This is a London-based course. The seminars will be held at the Cavalry and Guards Club, in Central London (127 Piccadilly). The nearest London Underground Stations are Hyde Park (Piccadilly Line) or Green Park (Victoria, Jubilee and Piccadilly Lines).
Each seminar (approximately 90 minutes, 18:45-20:15) is followed by a post-seminar dinner, also at the Cavalry and Guards Club, for those who wish to attend, where there will be an opportunity to continue the seminar discussion in an informal environment. Attendance at these dinners is entirely at the choice of the student, and their cost is not covered by the tuition fee.
Tutorials and meetings with supervisors will take place at the University of Buckinghams London offices, situated in the European School of Economics, 8/9 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7SH, near Buckingham Palace.
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First or Second Class honours degree or relevant experience
No work experience is required.
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