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Military and International History BA

Course code

V102

V103 with placement

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

Fees

2020/21

UK / EU £9,250

International £15,860

Entry requirements

BBB (A-level)

DDM (BTEC)

30 (IB)

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Overview

Far from being just knowledge of the past, studying issues related to important world events, defence, security, intelligence and strategy are not only insightful, they’ll be highly valued in a troubled world by employers within these fields, and beyond.

A varied set of core modules will take you into scope of studying history at University, whether you’ve got a history qualification or not. Modules like ‘What is History’ which uncovers the themes and tools used by historians and ‘Total War in the Modern Era’, chronicling key wars and their influence, will help prepare you for the more specialist modes to follow later in the course.

A wide range of optional modules in years two and three will help you decide where your interests lie in preparation for your final year project, including the option to study intelligence and security taught by experts in the University’s internationally renowned Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies (BCISS).

Along the way, you will build a toolkit of transferable skills gained through evidence gathering, analysis, problem solving, drafting and communications, which can be applied to a wide range of industries within the public and private sector.

Opt for a placement year and you’ll be adding a year’s experience in a job role and industry sector that will help to show future employers where you might be a good fit for their organisation. Your placement doesn’t have to be related to history and you’ll get plenty of support from staff and resources in the University’s Professional Development Centre.

Studying military and international history at Brunel has many advantages. Situated in London, the course has established links to world-renowned archives and libraries based in and close to London, including the Caird Library (National Maritime Museum), The National Archives and the Imperial War Museum, among others.

Additionally, the original WWII operations bunker used by Sir Winston Churchill on the former RAF Uxbridge is a walk away from campus where Brunel students regularly volunteer.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

Gain a comprehensive insight into military and international history through our compulsory modules, and hone your knowledge into specialist areas through optional modules in a variety of historic world events.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

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Careers and your future

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.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBB (all subjects considered).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Public Services or Health and Social Care.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Public Services or Health and Social Care AND an A-level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject with A-levels grade BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including  GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4. GCSE Mathematics is also normally 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.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

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)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2020/21

UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

£1,000 placement year

International

£15,860 full-time

£1,000 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

You’ll learn in lectures (main classes) and seminars (smaller classes focussed on exchanging ideas) by academic staff who are internationally known for publishing research on a number of history topics, which helps to keep what they teach you cutting edge and up-to-date. Independent study throughout your degree is also crucial.

As active historians, their expertise will be invaluable when you come to do your own research, and you’ll be encouraged throughout your course to develop your own skills in recovering and interpreting historic evidence.

Also, the closeness of the Brunel campus to central London’s world-class research facilities like the British Library, the Imperial War Museum, the Museum of London and Chatham House, means you’re only a tube ride away from a great learning day out or rare archive material for your dissertation.

Uxbridge has a unique military history, too. Brunel is very close to the former Royal Air Force Uxbridge base which still houses the bunker where War World II operations were planned under Sir Winston Churchill. Brunel history students volunteer there as well as in the University’s own archives with the help of the University’s Volunteering Office.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

You can expect to be assessed through coursework essays, article reviews, short assignments and presentations, alongside exams.  Assessment methods and weighting can vary from module to module and exact assessment patterns vary, but most are based on a combination of coursework and formal written exams.  All modules have some element of coursework assessment. 

The assessment methods of this course are designed to test your abilities in applying your knowledge and skills. 

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. In your final year you will produce a final dissertation on a history subject of your choice, under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor and this is worth a third of Level 3 marks.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.