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MA War and Strategy

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Arts)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme, students should have provided evidence of being able to:
- understand key theories of wars and strategy
- critically evaluate a wide range of literature and research in the field of war and strategy

Students successfully completing the programme should:
- within the chronological and geographical parameters of the course, have acquired both specialist knowledge of the history of war and a detailed appreciation of the principal developments in warfare;
- be fully cognizant of the historiography and key concepts in the history of war;
- appreciate the place and role of military history within the overall context of the global history of from the Middle Ages to the present;
- be able to critically read and employ primary and secondary sources to solve problems;
- be capable of undertaking primary research and constructing a 15,000-word dissertation from that material;
- have mastered the essentials required to undertake research into the history of war at a more advanced level.

Transferable (key) skills

Taught Masters students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
- the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in industry or area of professional practice;
- the knowledge and skills required to plan, execute and communicate advanced research in a professional manner, with
particular ability to conduct independent research in their own broad area of historical specialism.
- advanced skills in the locating, processing, analysing and communicating large bodies of material, for a specific purpose, in an orderly, efficient and professional manner.
- evaluating their own achievement and that of others;
- self direction and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations;
- independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;
- critical engagement in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms of history.


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