M.Litt. War Studies

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR15250 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR6950 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
An understanding of war, for good or ill, is of vital importance. This War Studies programme at University of Glasgow offers the opportunity to study the theory and practice of war in a wide range of aspects, from the Middle Ages to the present day, and from causes to consequences.


Why this programme

The MLitt in War Studies at University of Glasgow aims to challenge, educate and engage by exposing you to a wide range of different ideas about war. It is specifically designed to broaden and deepen your understanding of the nature of war in theory and practice.

The University of Glasgow is home to the Scottish Centre for War Studies. You will be able to participate in regular research seminars on critical themes related to conflict as well as to related conferences.

All courses are designed to expose you to detailed research topics, source criticism and current debate, and are led by internationally acknowledged experts.

Career prospects

The programme provides an excellent platform for you to move onto PhD studies and an academic career.

Positions held by recent graduates include Development Director, Professor, Correspondent, and Freelance Journalist.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee
  • EUR15250 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR6950 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


Part time 20 credits: £772

Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

Core Course
Theory and Reality in Western WarfareThe core course aims to cover a selection of some of the key thinkers on the practice of western warfare over a broad chronological span from the late Roman period to the twentieth century, and to assess how far and with what success such ideas were put into practice in actual warfare. Specifically, by the end of this core course the student should:
  • Be knowledgeable of the some of the most important theoretical developments in western warfare, and how these different theories fared when they were put in practice
  • Be able to understand and evaluate historical ideas on western warfare from a number of different periods, nations, and historical perspectives
  • Be able to integrate his/her own thoughts with primary source material, secondary source material, and information gathered from instructor presentations, to create informed, interesting and persuasive presentations
  • Be able to write essays consistent with work at the post-graduate level.
Course Structure
The core course is mandatory for all students in the first term and will be class-taught. It will meet twice per week (on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-5pm); each week the class will focus on one specific subject. During the first meeting of the week the leading instructor will give a presentation on a particular subject, while the second meeting will be based around student presentations on the same subject.
Topics covered in the course may include:
  • Vegetius and the nature of medieval warfare
  • Jomini and Warfare in the American Civil War
  • Moltke and the War of German Unification
  • Small wars and Colonial warfare
  • Early Modern Warfare: The Historiographical Debate
Each student will be assessed through their performance in one essay and two oral seminar presentations and papers. Overall, the mark in the core course will compose one-third of the student's final mark for the MLitt.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
176(Grade B2)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.5
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 22 with Speaking no less than 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 64; minimum 62 in writing
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
  • United Kingdom, Glasgow Pre-Master Arts and Humanities
    Guaranteed admission

    Students gain direct admission to the programme after completing the preparation course.

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