M.A. History of War, Culture and Society

University of Portsmouth | Portsmouth, United Kingdom
This unique programme brings to the fore an issue which lies at the heart of historical study, examining the impact of war on shaping nationhood, identity, class, gender and citizenship in European societies. It offers motivated and able students the opportunity to work with historians in their key area of expertise

Description of History of War, Culture and Society


On this course you can:

  • Learn with one of the best history teams in the country, at present rated fifth in the National Survey of Student Satisfaction, in a location with a rich history at the centre of British military activity
  • Specialise in topics including the French Revolution, the First and Second World Wars, warfare in the early modern world, the visual history of war, the history of genocide and the history of war and memory
  • Undertake world class training which would support and develop careers in teaching, policy, journalism or further study

Recent history graduates from Portsmouth have gone on to pursue a range of graduate careers such as

  • journalism
  • law
  • teaching
  • administration
  • archive and museum work

The programme also offers a firm foundation for those who want to progress to PhD research.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee

Fee information can be found at www.port.ac.uk/tuitionfees

Not specified
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

Alongside your core study, you will have freedom to specialise as you receive full research management and training, as you work towards a dissertation on any war and society related theme.

The course units currently offered are:

  • Introduction to War and Society, 1500–1945
  • Humanities Research Skills
  • War, Culture and Leisure, c. 1850–1960s
  • Dissertation / Major Project
  • EITHER Conflicts in Context
    OR Independent Project: Humanities

Teaching and Assessment

You will experience a blend of seminar-based teaching and tutorial project support, based on meeting a tutor individually or in groups of two or three. Seminars will take place one evening a week, generally in two, two-hour sessions. Tutorials are arranged by mutual convenience and support can also be given by email. You will be given comprehensive materials for the seminars, including prepared readings necessary for participation in discussions.

As with any course of study, the MA History of War, Culture and Society will require a significant commitment of time outside formal teaching hours, for reading, preparation and assessment.

Like all Master’s degrees, especially if taken full time, the MA is a demanding course, but you will have plenty of support and guidance, given by telephone and email, to help you meet your goals.

How are you assessed?

You will also be expected to produce two or three significant pieces of work for each of the three taught seminar units, along with two project reports and your final dissertation, which itself will be in the region of 15,000 words.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for History of War, Culture and Society

A good second class honours degree or equivalent in a history or a related subject, or equivalent professional experience in a relevant field, such as education or heritage.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 or equivalent with no component less than 6.0.

Work Experience for History of War, Culture and Society

No work experience is required.

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