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War and Strategy, MA

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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MAFull-time12 monthsSeptemberGBP 7250 per totalGBP 17500 per total

About War and Strategy, MA - at University of Leeds

This programme provides students with a thorough understanding of relevant methodological approaches and the questions and challenges of writing and researching military history. You'll analyse the role of war in human history from its early beginnings to the present day in a core module which focuses on historiographical debates about warfare. You can then choose to study optional modules about a broad range of topics in the history of war, from medieval and early modern times to today.

You'll have opportunities to use internationally-renowned collections in your studies, including the Liddle Collection of artefacts and private papers from the First World War in our Brotherton Library, the holdings of the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, and material from the Imperial War museum North at Salford. The Second World War experience museum in nearby Wetherby provides a huge collection of private papers from the Second World War.

  • Course content

    As well as the three compulsory modules, you also choose two optional modules from a selection, for example:

    - Making History: Archive Collaborations

    - Warfare in the Age of the Crusades

    - Defending the Nation: Britain during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1793 to 1815

    - Medicine and Warfare in the19th and 20th Centuries

    - The War on Terror

    - Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

    - Guns and Global Security

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Research Methodology in History 30 credits
    • War and Strategy Dissertation 60 credits
    • A History of War 30 credits

    Optional modules

    • Making History: Archive Collaborations 30 credits
    • 'The continuation of war by other means? : Case Studies in Wartime Diplomacy 1931-1945 30 credits
    • Medicine and Warfare in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 30 credits
    • Defending the Nation: Britain during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1793 to 1815 30 credits
    • The War on Terror 30 credits
    • Guns and Global Security 30 credits
    • Insurgency and Counterinsurgency 30 credits
    • Warfare in the Age of the Crusades (1095-1204) 30 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read War and Strategy MA in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    We use a range of teaching and learning methods. The majority of your modules will be taught through weekly seminars, where you'll discuss issues and themes in your chosen modules with a small group of students and your tutors. Independent study is also crucial to this degree, giving you the space to shape your own studies and develop your skills.


    Research Methodology in History requires a conference-style 'work-in-progress' presentation on a research project. You will also submit a detailed research proposal of 4,000 words.

    A History of War is assessed through two literature reviews and a verbal presentation.

    Optional modules are usually assessed through the submission of two written assignments.

    The dissertation is of 15,000 words in length, to be submitted by the end of the academic year.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    For taught MA courses our entry requirements are a first class or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in History or a related subject.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components.

    How to apply

    Applications for study beginning in September must be submitted to the University by 15 August.

    If you intend to apply for scholarships, please bear in mind that these usually have earlier deadlines and most require you to have already secured your place on a course therefore you may need to apply for your place earlier than the dates specified above.

    We aim to process your application for a place on a course within 2-4 weeks of receipt. However, during our busiest times (April-June), this process can take up to 6 weeks.

    Please especially bear these timescales in mind if you intend to apply for scholarships: you need to have received your offer of a place before scholarship panels meet. Ensuring you provide all relevant documents will help us process your application according to these timescales.

    Once you have received your offer for a place, you can register online and choose your modules from August unless you are an international student. International students should register during International Week in September.

    • Apply

    This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
    If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.


    UK/EU: £7,250 (total)

    International: £17,500 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

    Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Scholarships and financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

    Please view our Scholarships and Employment page for the latest information about School scholarships.

  • Career opportunities

    Careers support

    We offer various employment opportunities which give you valuable work experience whatever your chosen career destination:

    Induction week tutoring:

    All postgraduate students are invited to provide "mock tutorials" for Level 1 undergraduates during Induction week, where you introduce students to the expectations and criteria of undergraduate learning. This employment is paid at the same hourly rate as module teaching, and gives you a chance to refine your teaching skills and ideas, as well as offer a valuable service to new students.

    Mentoring final year undergraduate dissertations:

    All postgraduate students are invited to become paid academic mentors within the school, offering advice to Level 3 undergraduates as they research and write their dissertations. Mentors will be paired with Level 3 mentees with similar research interests and asked to provide advice on primary research, archival and electronic resources, thesis planning and writing.

    This employment is hourly-paid and flexible, depending on the number of mentees you wish to take on. It provides valuable training towards teaching, as well as more generic skills such as one-to-one communication and people management.


    We have several paid internships which run for a year or more and offer you the opportunity to learn skills such as marketing, group leadership, journalism, recruitment, careers, administration, newsletter production, events management and website development, all of which enhance your employability.

    History Open Days and other school events provide opportunity for more casual employment throughout the year.

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  • Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or equivalent, in history or a related subject

    Language requirements
    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components

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