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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA War and Strategy

Programme code:MA-WAR&ST-FTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Prof Simon Ball Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

BA in History or a related subject at 2.1 or above

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of History

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of History

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:


Programme specification:

Leeds was one of the pioneers in the Masters level study of war. Leeds combines a blend of expertise that appeals to students who wish to study the history of war in a policy and contemporary setting as well as across a broad sweep of time. We offer expertise on the middle ages, early modern times and up to the present time, drawing on our links with the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, and allowing students the opportunity to forge links with potential employers and gain unique insights into the contemporary structures of security politics.

The University of Leeds is well equipped to teach the history of war at postgraduate level. The Brotherton Library is a superb research library that includes the vast Liddle Collection within its Special Collections. The Second World War Experience Centre, located in Wetherby, offers an even bigger collection of private papers. Furthermore, the library, artefacts and manuscripts of the Royal Armouries Museum offer additional possibilities, as well as the British Library at Boston Spa, and the Imperial War Museum North at Salford.

The compulsory core module will provide knowledge of contemporary military and strategic thinking. This is reinforced with a number of optional modules where more specialist topics are studied in greater depth and detail. The programme incorporates a compulsory research methodology component in order to prepare students to research and write a 15,000 word dissertation, the pinnacle of the degree. On completion, students will have acquired a thorough grounding in military affairs spanning a broad chronological and geographical range, and the techniques necessary for pursuing independent research

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HIST5015MDissertation (MA)60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
HIST5843MA History of War30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 90 credits from the following option modules:

HIST5020MMaking History: Archive Collaborations30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
HIST5031MSecrecy and Espionage in Early Modern Europe30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HIST5231MMedicine and Warfare in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HIST5540MDefending the Nation: Britain during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1793 to 181530 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MEDV5330MThe Medieval Tournament: Combat and Spectacle in Western Europe, 1100-160030 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5323MEuropean Defence and Security Analysis30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5501MThe Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5570MTerrorism30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5598MCivil War and Intrastate Conflict30 creditsNot running in 202223
PIED5735MConflict, Cooperation and Strategic Decision Making30 creditsNot running in 202223

Last updated: 25/07/2022 16:35:06


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