Description of War and Conflict in The Modern World

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The MA in War and Conflict in the Modern World combines the disciplines of History and International Relations to provide students with multi-disciplinary, advanced study from both humanities and social science perspectives.

The course covers the period from the French Revolution to the present. It examines the impact of the French and Industrial Revolutions on warfare, before focusing on the development of 'total war' that reached its apogee in the First and Second World Wars, and the interaction between democracies and conflict in the 20th century.

To understand war in this period, students will study the development of international relations as well as the actual wars fought. The programme looks at the 'face of battle' as seen by soldiers, generals and politicians; developments in the tactical, operational and strategic levels of war; the interaction between war and society; and the thinking that drove on these changes in warfare.

The programme also draws on Brunel's expertise in intelligence studies, offering the students the chance to take optional modules in this area from the University's Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies.

The programme aims to give students a thorough grounding of the place of war in the modern world, an understanding of historical and social science research methodologies, and an overview of diplomacy/international relations and war.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline as early as possible
Tuition fee
  • GBP 14250 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 6250 Year (EEA)

UK/EU students: £6,250 full-time; £3,125 part-time

International students: £14,250 full-time; £7,125 part-time

Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

MA War and Conflict in the Modern World (Full-time)

  • Dissertation

  • War in Politics: Democracy, War, Peace and Intervention

  • War in History: 1789 to present

Plus two modules from the list below

  • * The United Nations Human Rights Regime (Term 1)

  • * Theory and Practice of Human Rights (Term 2)

  • Violence and Revolution in Early Modern Political Thought

  • Enlightenment and Revolution

  • The Evolution of International Relations

  • China and the World

  • Globalisation

  • Intelligence Concepts: Issues and Institutions

  • Intelligence History: Failure and Success

  • The Second World War

  • The United States in World Affairs, 1945-2001

  • Imperialism and Culture

* Are taken together as one module

MA War and Conflict in the Modern World (Part-time)

Year 1

  • War in History: 1789 to present

Year 2

  • Dissertation

  • War in Politics: Democracy, War, Peace and Intervention

Year 1 and 2

One module to be taken in Year 1 and one module in Year 2 from the list below

  • * The United Nations Human Rights Regime (Term 1)

  • * Theory and Practice of Human Rights (Term 2)

  • Violence and Revolution in Early Modern Political Thought

  • Enlightenment and Revolution

  • The Evolution of International Relations

  • China and the World

  • Globalisation

  • Intelligence Concepts: Issues and Institutions

  • Intelligence History: Failure and Success

  • The Second World War

  • The United States in World Affairs, 1945-2001

  • Imperialism and Culture

English Language Requirements

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6.5
CAE score
180(Grade C)

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 War and Conflict in The Modern World

A UK first or 2:1 Honours degree in a Social Sciences or Humanities related subject or equivalent internationally recognised qualification. Applicants with a 2.1 from a non-related discipline will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants who hold a UK (2:2) Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification with relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)

  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)

  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

Work Experience for War and Conflict in The Modern World

No work experience is required.

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