Military and International History BA
About the course
Our Military and International History degree examines war within the context of wider international history to give you specialist knowledge of war in history while educating you to be a historian. Our course analyses warfare inside and outside Europe (including the Middle East), covering the period from the Renaissance to the present but with an emphasis on the modern era. We teach you the subject of war in history over a broad span of time with a focus on land and naval war, while also giving you the opportunity to take specialist modules in particular wars and themes in military studies. The course also draws on the department's specialism in intelligence studies to examine the role that intelligence has played in warfare. Our course provides our students with the critical thinking and analytical skills of the historian.
Our course, one of the few military history programmes in the country, provides you with the opportunity to study military history within the broader setting of a vibrant, student-centred department with a long history of supporting its students, and this is reflected in the annual student satisfaction survey (the NSS) where history at Brunel is ranked (2016) fourth in the country. As a department, we provide excellent pastoral and tutor support for our students. Students are taught by a range of established academic specialists in the department in military and international history, who draw on their own world-class research and publications to deliver cutting-edge teaching. Small-group seminars and personal tutorials allow you to develop in smaller groups and in one-to-one discussions. This is a unique opportunity to study war in history in a friendly, supportive department known for its excellent teaching and student support.
To provide you with an exciting, attractive academic programme in military and international history which is rigorous, flexible and coherent, through which you will acquire knowledge and understanding of the origins, course and consequences of warfare in the modern era – the synergetic combination of international and military history – and which will also allow you to gain knowledge and understanding of how diverse societies and cultures have engaged with war in history. The focus of the programme is on the modern period, with an emphasis on the post 1789 era
To ensure that you acquire the core skills, methods and theoretical approaches employed within the discipline of history and apply these competently to interpret data and evaluate different perspectives
To foster the core skills in military and international history and other key general skills to develop your powers of independent enquiry, analysis and judgement, which enhance study of history and transfer usefully into employment
To provide key transferable research skills to proceed to further study at postgraduate level
To provide key transferable skills to further professional development
To enable you, through a Work Placement, to develop skills and knowledge relevant to work and professional development (4 year thick sandwich mode)
Typical modules might include:
Makers of Modern Strategy
What is History?
Total War in the Modern Era
Europe at War, 1914-1945
The Making of the Modern World
Introduction to World Politics
Historians and their Craft
The First World War - Causes, Course, Consequences
War and Geography
(Placement students also take the History Pre-Placement Study module)
US Foreign Policy from WW2 to the End of the Cold War
State and Revolution
Themes in African History
Year 3 (or Year 4 if Placement Year option is chosen)
Military and International History Dissertation
Intelligence and National Security
Second World War
The British Maritime World, 1660-1815
You will produce a 12,000-word dissertation on a subject of your choice, relating to Military and International History. This major piece of work, undertaken with the support of a dedicated dissertation tutor, will give you the valuable opportunity to demonstrate research and writing skills. It is written on a subject relevant to your particular course of study and may well relate to your future career plans.
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and what you will learn on the course.
The German army and armoured warfare on the Eastern Front, 1941-45
Barbarism and the War in the Pacific, 1941-45
The Armies of the French Revolution
The Revolution in Military Affairs in the Early Modern Period - the Michael Roberts Debate
The Dreadnought and the New Way in Naval War
Douhet and Air Power
The Role of the Helicopter in the Vietnam War, 1965-73
British Counter-Insurgency in Kenya in the 1950s
History is ranked fourth in the UK and first in London for student satisfaction in the annual student survey (the NSS) for 2016
You will have the opportunity to study a range of military history from Britain, Europe and the wider world
You will have plenty of opportunities to shape your degree programme to meet personal interests and aptitudes
There is a work placement module available
You will receive expert teaching from lecturers who are recognised experts in their fields
You have easy access to multiple resources in London, such as national and international museums (such as the Imperial War and National Army museums), galleries, libraries (including the British Library) and the National Archives (in Kew), all of which contain a wealth of information on military and international history in Britain and Europe
You will write a specialist military history dissertation of your choice in the final year for which you are assigned a specialist dissertation tutor
Our Department has international student exchanges where the teaching is in English and which are on offer to you as a BA Military and International History student: Ankara University (Turkey), Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic), Freie Universität Berlin, JFK Institute (Germany), Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Rennes (France), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain), University of Helsinki (Finland), American University of Paris (France), SUNY State University of New York (USA), University of Nottingham, Ningbo (China), the National University of Ireland (Maynooth) and the University of Cyprus.
Teaching and Assessment
Lectures and seminars - Modules are usually taught by way of a mixture of lectures and seminars (discussions in seminars are often led by students). Depending on its credit rating, you can expect to have one or two hours of lectures per week for each module and a one-hour seminar each week or fortnight.
Other teaching and learning strategies will include participation in workshops, case studies, presentations, fieldwork and external visits. Those who elect to do a work placement year will also be provided with preparatory workshops and tutorials.
Private study – Your work also consists of private study, for which module and personal tutors will provide guidance, of up to 30 hours each week.
Core Military History Teaching Team
Dr Alison Carrol
Professor Philip H J Davies
Dr Martin Folly
Dr Mohamed Gaballa
Dr Kristian Gustafson
Professor Matthew Hughes
Dr Tom Linehan
Dr Steve Pickering
Professor Matthew Seligmann
Dr Peter Thomas
Dr Hannah Whittaker
The assessment methods of this course are designed to test your abilities in applying your knowledge and skills. Assessment methods and weighting can vary from module to module.
You can expect to be assessed through coursework essays, article reviews, short assignments and presentations, alongside exams.
Work placement students will complete a placement log book and extended critical analysis, reflecting on professional development and its connection to the BA Military and International History course.
Year one does not count towards your final degree classification, year two is worth a third, and year three two-thirds of your final degree. This means that you are rewarded as you get better academically over your time studying at Brunel. The final-year dissertation is worth a third of Level 3 marks.
Exact assessment patterns vary, but most are based on a combination of coursework and formal written exams. Typically, coursework marks constitute 25-50 per cent of overall module grades.
Emphasis throughout your studies is placed on gaining transferable employment skills. You will develop communication, report writing and presentation skills to an excellent level, equipping you for a range of subsequent professional careers.
As a military historian, you will have all the skills of historians but with a specialism in war in history, preparing you for a range of careers from government, the armed forces, teaching and business to think tanks and NGOs.
You can choose to study either the three-year degree course or the four-year sandwich degree course.
On our four-year sandwich course (with Professional Development), you have the opportunity to gain professional work experience in a variety of settings. We have excellent links with a wide range of external organisations providing high quality placements.
You will develop invaluable skills and in some cases our students have been offered graduate positions within the organisations where they undertook their work placements.
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 2017/18 entry
£9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year
Additional course related costs
The fees shown above are for 2016/17. Fees for 2017/18 will be confirmed soon.
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Entry Criteria 2017/18
GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants within our grade range as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.