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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
* archive and museum work
The programme also offers a firm foundation for those who want to progress to PhD research.
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, 15001945
* Humanities Research Skills
* War, Culture and Leisure, c. 18501960s
* 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 Masters 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.