War and Conflict in the Modern World MA

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Special Features
  • Teaching & Assessment
  • Employability
  • Fees
  • Entry Criteria

About the Course

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.

Aims

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.

Enquiries

Course Enquiries
Email sss-pgenquiries@brunel.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)1895 265286

For applications already submitted
Contact Admissions online
Tel +44 (0)1895 265265

Course Director: Dr Matthew Hughes
Email matthew.hughes@brunel.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)1895 266872

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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

* Are taken together as one module

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Special Features

The War and Conflict programme offers students the opportunity to attend talks by expert speakers on campus. Students also have access to London's many research centres, such as the Royal United Services Institute, the Institute for Historical Research and the Royal Institute of International Affairs located at Chatham House. Students on the programme have free membership of Chatham House.

Assessment

Two modes of assessment operate on this programme. Some modules are assessed by coursework and an advance notice examination. Other modules are assessed 100% by coursework.

A Master's degree is awarded if you reach the necessary standard on the taught part of the course and submit a dissertation of the required standard. The 15,000 word dissertation can be written on any agreed topic on war and conflict in the Modern Age. The pass grade for all modules and the dissertation is C. If you do not achieve the standard required, you may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate if eligible.

Careers

Focusing on the study of key aspects of war in the contemporary period, the MA in War in the Modern World equips students for a variety of careers in government, the armed forces, the media and business. The degree also prepares students wishing to go on to study for research degrees and those interested in military history seeking to expand their knowledge of the subject.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Fees for 2014/15 entry

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

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

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Requirements

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)
  • TOEFL Paper test: 580 (TWE 4.5) PBT
  • TOEFL Internet test: 92 IBT (R20, L20, S20, W20)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a range of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

Page last updated: Tuesday 01 July 2014