BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Military and International History

BA  |  Placement Year:   Yes

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.

Programme description

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.

Key Modules

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.

Module & Subject

Typical modules might include:

Year 1

  • Makers of Modern Strategy
  • What is History?
  • Total War in the Modern Era
  • Europe at War, 1914-1945
  • The Making of the Modern World
  • Conflict and Diplomacy since 1815

 

Year 2

  • Historians and their Craft
  • The First World War - Causes, Course, Consequences
  • War and Geography
  • (Placement students also take the History Pre-Placement Study module) 
  • The Holocaust
  • US Foreign Policy from WW2 to the End of the Cold War
  • State and Revolution
  • Political Geography
  • Themes in African History  

 

Year 3 (or Year 4 if Placement Year option is chosen)

  • Military and International History Dissertation
  • Arab-Israeli Conflict 
  • Intelligence and National Security
  • Fascism
  • Second World War
  • The British Maritime World, 1660-1815

 

Dissertation

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.

Entry Requirements
  • GPA 5.0 or 80%

    75% is required in any specific subjects that are stated in GCE A-level entry requirements above.

    • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
    • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
    • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 4 years
Course Fee:  14800.00
Course Level: 
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER