University of Buckingham War Studies

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University of Buckingham War Studies

University of Buckingham War Studies

MA Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History

Entry requirements: First or second class honours degree or relevant experience
Full or Part-time: Full-time, Part-time

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With Britain having recently been more heavily involved in overseas wars than at any point in the last half century, the University of Buckingham has launched a Master’s degree in Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History based at a central London Club. The course commences in October with a ‘Research Skills Study Day’ and after a year of supervised independent research, culminates with the student’s submission of a dissertation. During the first six months, candidates are encouraged to attend a series of guest seminars and dinners (set out in detail under Teaching & Assessment) at which some of the most eminent names in the field present papers. This series of talks examines why and how modern wars are fought, and the principal influences that will affect the conduct of war – and Britain’s role – in the future. This seminar programme will also be attended by Associate Students who are not degree candidates but wish to attend the talks and enjoy the ensuing discussion.

Seminars 2017-18

Research Skills Study Day

The Research Skills Study Day will take place at the University’s London premises at 51 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 6HJ on the following date:

Saturday 7 October 2017


The seminars will be held at the Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London, W1 on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 11 October 2017
  • Wednesday 25 October 2017
  • Wednesday 8 November 2017
  • Wednesday 22 November 2017
  • Wednesday 6 December 2017
  • Wednesday 25 January 2018
  • Wednesday 7 February 2018
  • Wednesday 21 February 2018
  • Wednesday 7 March 2018
  • Wednesday 21 March 2018

Speakers and topics will include:

  • General The Lord Richards (former Chief of the Defence Staff), “Leadership and Command”
  • General Sir Nick Carter (current Chief of the General Staff), “The British Army, Threats and Challenges”
  • Professor Sir Hew Strachan (University of St Andrews), “Military Historians and Writing about War”
  • Baroness Neville-Jones (Former Chair Joint Intelligence Committee and Minister for Security and Counter-Terrorism), “Cyber Insecurity: How Great is the Threat?”
  • Lieutenant Colonel Geoff Weighell (Parachute Regiment) “Personal Reflections: 2Para Platoon Command in the Falklands, 1982”
  • Matthew Green (Journalist and Author) “Aftershock – Fighting War, Surviving Peace and PTSD”
  • Col (Rtd) Rupert Weiloch “Next Move? Russia and Putin”
  • Professor Alaric Searle (University of Salford)
  • Dr Matthias Strohn (University of Buckingham and British Army Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research)
  • Dr Wolf-Hagen von Angern (Tony Blair Associates)

Associate students

For those who wish to attend the seminars and dinners, but do not have time to complete the coursework involved in the MA programme, it is possible to register for the course as an Associate Student. This status enables Associate Students to attend the seminars and to meet the guest lecturers, but not to proceed to the MA degree.

Programme Director and Admissions Tutor

Professor Lloyd Clark, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and Professorial Research Fellow in War Studies, Humanities Research Institute, University of Buckingham

What our students say

Patrick Walker: ‘The Master’s course exceeded all expectations. The quality of the lecture programme and access to the extraordinary list of speakers, all leaders in their fields, was quite excellent, as was the painstaking guidance given to us on scoping and writing our dissertations. Professor Clark [the Course Director] was tireless in his encouragement, wide-ranging in his suggestions, and an inspiration to my crafting and completing the course essay. It is testament to his engagement that I am now taking forward my studies towards a PhD in the subject.’

Dr Andy Winrow: ‘The MA has been a really rewarding project and a great antidote to my professional work. The seminars have been great fun and there has been a real sense of camaraderie among the students.’

For further details contact:
Humanities Research Admissions on +44 (0)1280 827514

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