M.A. History of War

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP17500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English ( Find a course )
King's College London | London , United Kingdom
This programme challenges students to examine war from broad historiographical and interdisciplinary perspectives, taking, as given that the history of warfare cannot be isolated from the study of general history. It encompasses more than what usually falls into the category of military history to include war from the viewpoint of combatants, societies, economies and cultures across the landscape of modern history, and in the spirit of War Studies draws on the literature and methodology of other academic disciplines where appropriate.



Based in the Department of War Studies, the MA History of Warfare examines the social, cultural and operational aspects of war from broad historiographical and interdisciplinary perspectives. With close links to the Department of History and the Institute of Contemporary British History, students can study most aspects of the history of armed conflict and society from the late medieval period to the present day.

  • The Department of War Studies is internationally recognised as a global centre of excellence and is highly regarded by the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research council as a high calibre training institution.
  • It is one of the only university departments in the world devoted exclusively to the study of war as a human phenomenon. A remarkable diversity of research interests, disciplinary approaches, opinion and background exists in the department among both staff and students, reflecting the variety and complexity of the issues raised by war and the study of war.
  • Students are taught by the best; experts and pioneers in their fields who are often at the forefront of world events as they happen. Our stellar academic cohort bring not only a wealth of knowledge but also an extensive and continually growing network of links with other departments, think-tanks, organisations, policy-making bodies and institutions.
  • Situated close to the seat of Government, the City, the Imperial War Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court students have unique opportunities to network with key high profile visitors, from academics to government ministers, ambassadors and generals.
  • The MA programmes in the Department of War Studies are designed to enhance your analytical, conceptual, research and critical thinking skills which will increase your employability and aid professional career development.

This programme offers students the opportunity to engage critically with the methods, materials and debates inherent in the study of the history of warfare.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline July
Tuition fee
  • GBP 17500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 10500 Year (EEA)
Part time fess
  • Home/EU: £5250
  • Overseas: £8750
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Credits 180
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

The MA programme contains the following elements:
  • A compulsory module, History of Warfare
  • Optional modules chosen from a range of possibilities
  • A dissertation of 15,000 words
  • History of Warfare - Required
  • Art anda War - Optional
  • Comparative Civil Wars (40 Credits) - Optional
  • Complex Political Emergencies, Health & Security - Optional
  • Conflict Prevention & Peace Building - Optional
  • Conflict Simulation - Optional
  • Conflict, Culture and the Postcolonial in International Relations - Optional
  • Conflict, Development And Islam In Russia, The Caucasus And Central Asia - Optional
  • Contemporary British Defence Policy - Optional
  • Current Issues In Science & Security - Optional
  • Diplomacy - Optional
  • Diplomacy, Intelligence and Armaments Competition: The origins of the Second World War, 1931-1941 - Optional
  • East Asian Security - Optional
  • Ethics In International Relations (20 Credits) - Optional
  • European (In)Security (20 credits) - Optional
  • Human Rights and Migration (20 credits) - Optional
  • Inerdisciplinary Approaches to (In)security - Optional
  • International Politics Of The Middle East - Optional
  • Investigating Conflict in Global Politics - Optional
  • Media and Intelligence - Optional
  • Media And War - Optional
  • Mind, Body And Spirit In The First World War - Optional
  • Missile Proliferation - Optional
  • Natural Resources & Conflict - Optional
  • Navies And Seapower, 1793-2001 - Optional
  • Open Source Intelligence - Optional
  • Proliferation & International Security - Optional
  • Propaganda - Optional
  • Reporting Wars - Optional
  • Social Dimensions of Terrorism - Optional
  • The Evolution Of Insurgency - Optional
  • The JIC And British Intelligence - Optional
  • The Meaning And Experience Of Imperialism - Optional
  • The Occupied Territories Since 1967 - Optional
  • The Result In War Is Never Final - Optional
  • UK Foreign Policy - Optional
  • War and Insurgency in the Middle East since 1945 - Optional
  • Wars Within Wars - Optional

English Language Requirements

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language. Find English courses on Language Learning Portal.

CAE score
200(Grade A)


Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent e.g. US GPA of 3.3) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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