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University of Buckingham’s Humanities Research Institute - Master’s degree in Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History.

Founded in 2008, the University of Buckingham’s Humanities Research Institute exists to bring together internationally distinguished scholars working in the field of the humanities, to support their research, and to engage them in the life of the University.

The Institute’s Fellows and Visiting Professors are drawn from a wide variety of disciplines, but have notable concentrations in the areas of military history and security studies, political history, the history of art and connoisseurship, and nineteenth-century literature and social history.

The Institute also fosters the development of innovatory graduate-student research programmes within the humanities. Since 2009, the Institute has promoted the launch of a series of London-based research programmes, which include Military History, Modern War Studies, History of Art, Archaeology, History of Sport, Biography, Dickens Studies, The English Country House, Tudor History and Philosophy.

The Institute actively promotes academic and inter-disciplinary collaboration with other leading institutions, and over recent years has worked in association with the Wallace Collection, London, in the development of teaching and research in the study of the decorative arts and curatorship; with the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in the development of the University’s new research programme in Modern War Studies; and with the Royal United Services Institute in the production of a major policy paper examining the lessons of history for the formulation of contemporary British strategy.

MA Modern War Studies:

Course Outline

With Britain having recently been more heavily involved in overseas wars than at any point in the last half century, the University of Buckingham launched a London-based Master’s degree in Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History, directed by Professor Lloyd Clark.

The course commences with a research skills seminar, 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, 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.

Assessment & Teaching Methods

For Master’s degree candidates, the core of the programme is the writing, under supervision, of the dissertation on a subject chosen by the student in the field of Modern War Studies. Subject to approval by the Course Director, the topic to be examined in the dissertation can address any aspect of warfare since 1945, and the precise topic is usually formulated in a process of discussion with the Course Director and/or the student’s supervisor. The length of the dissertation is not more than 40,000 words and usually not fewer than 25,000. Research does not have to be confined to British-related subjects.

The programme runs from October to September and includes eleven seminars – one on research techniques and ten by guest lecturers.

The seminars take place approximately every other week between October and March at the RAF Club in London’s Mayfair (www.rafclub.org.uk), and speakers include recently serving generals and some of the most distinguished scholars and commentators in the field of Modern War Studies.

Each seminar (of approximately 90 minutes’ duration) is followed by a dinner, where there will be an opportunity to continue the seminar discussion in an informal environment.

Previous speakers have included:

Air Chief Marshal The Lord Stirrup (Former Chief of the Defence Staff)

Baroness Neville-Jones (Former Chair Joint Intelligence Committee and Minister for Security and Counter-Terrorism)

Professor Sir Hew Strachan (University of St Andrews)

General Sir Rupert Smith (Former Deputy Supreme Commander Europe and author)

UK serving personnel are entitled to a 20% reduction on tuition fees.

Associate Students

As an alternative to the full MA programme, we also offer the option of enrolling as an Associate student, whereby the seminar series may be enjoyed as a self-contained survey. Associate students have the opportunity to attend the seminars and dinners, but do not submit any written work and are therefore not awarded a qualification at the end of the programme. 

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MA Military History:

Course Outline

With military history one of the fastest-growing areas of academic study, the University of Buckingham introduced a one-year MA in Military History, by research, in 2009. This groundbreaking programme is the first one-year Research MA in Military History, and the first with an integral course of seminars by visiting lecturers of international repute. 

The programme is London-based and directed by one of the country’s finest military historians, Professor Saul David. The lectures offered by the Course Director will be supplemented by a series of ten guest seminars by some of the most eminent scholars and authors in the field, including Sir Max Hastings, Professors Sir Antony Beevor, NAM Rodger, Richard Overy and Sir Hew Strachan.

The programme runs from October to September and includes thirteen seminars – three on research techniques and ten given by guest lecturers.

Teaching Methods

At the heart of the Buckingham MA is the close working relationship between student and supervisor. While the final thesis must be an independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final text. Supervisors and students will meet frequently throughout the year, and not less than twice a term; and the supervisor shall always be the student’s primary contact for academic advice and support.

The seminars will be held at the Caledonian Club in Belgravia (www.caledonianclub.com)

Each seminar (approximately 90 minutes, 18:30-20:00) is followed by a dinner, also at the Caledonian Club, where there will be an opportunity to continue the seminar discussion in an informal environment. The cost of the dinners is included in the tuition fees.

Assessment

Assessment is by means of a dissertation of approximately 25,000 words, which is submitted at the end of the academic year. Students spend the period between April and September writing up their dissertations under expert supervision from their allocated tutor.

Associate Students

As an alternative to the full MA programme, we also offer the option of enrolling as an Associate student, whereby the seminar series may be enjoyed as a self-contained survey. Associate students have the opportunity to attend the seminars and dinners, but do not submit any written work and are therefore not awarded a qualification at the end of the programme. 

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Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History
Master of Arts in Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History by Research
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
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Master of Arts in Military History by Research
This is a groundbreaking programme: the first one-year Research MA in Military History, and the first with an integral course of seminars by visiting lecturers of international repute. The programme is London-based and directed by one of the country’s finest military historians, Professor Saul David. The programme runs from October to September with thirteen research seminars – three on research techniques and ten by guest lecturers.
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