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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Glasgow

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

An understanding of war, for good or ill, is of vital importance to our understanding of how states and societies have evolved. This unique Masters offers the opportunity to study the history, theory and practice of war and armed conflict in a wide range of aspects, from the Middle Ages to the present day, and from causes, course, to consequences. The programme is designed to offer breadth as well as specialism and will allow you to explore the history of war and armed conflict from a variety of perspectives.


  • This Masters aims to challenge, educate and engage by exposing you to a wide range of ideas about war, armed conflict, and their impact. It is designed to broaden and deepen your understanding of the nature of war, and its place in history.
  • The Masters will introduce you to different conceptual and methodological approaches to the study of the history of war and armed conflict. You will learn about the foundations of the military sciences, and how to apply political, social and cultural perspectives to the study of war.
  • All our courses are designed to expose you to detailed research topics, source criticism and current debate, and are led by internationally acknowledged experts.
  • Our courses will also help you hone a range of practical, professional and intellectual skills that will prepare you for independent postgraduate research, enhance your employability, and benefit your career development..
  • You will be able to choose from courses that cover a broad chronological, geographical and thematic range.
  • The University of Glasgow is home to the Scottish Centre for War Studies, which is based within the subject of History in the School of Humanities but has affiliated members from a range of subject areas. You will be able to participate in regular research seminars on critical themes related to war and armed conflict as well as to related conferences.


Positions held by recent graduates include Development Director, Correspondent, and Freelance Journalist. Our graduates have also gone on to work in the heritage sector, government, for NGOs and IGOs, and the private sector. The programme provides an excellent platform for you to move onto PhD studies and a career in academia and education.

Application deadline

29 August 2021

Tuition fees

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£ 19,350per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Glasgow

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  • Campus address

    University of Glasgow, The Fraser Building, 65 Hillhead Street, Glasgow, Glasgow, City Of, G12 8QQ, Scotland

A wide range of international scholarships are available including International Excellence scholarships and postgraduate awards.
Meet students from across the university with over 250 clubs and societies available – ranging from international student societies to the Harry Potter society.
Pre-sessional English language provision available prior to starting university, and English language support options throughout the duration of study.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    11th out of 86 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    196 95%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.81 76%



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