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3 War Studies Online programmes

Air Power in the Modern World

Two USMC F-18s over the Iraqi desert

USMC F-18s over the Iraqi desert. (Cody Images)

The fully online two-year part-time MA Air Power in the Modern World builds on the success of our War in the Modern World programme. We offer well-designed, engaging and flexible learning for everyone interested in warfare from 1945 to the present day, with special reference to the seemingly ubiquitous role of air power.

For Air Power in the Modern World only there is a reduced fee for Royal Air Force, the UK Ministry of Defence and UK Civil Service employees. To find out if you are eligible see the Fees page. 

Over the course of two years, students complete four compulsory 11-week modules:

  • History of Contemporary Warfare 1: The early Cold War, 1945–1975
  • History of Contemporary Warfare 2: From Cold War to War on Terror, 1975–2011
  • Air Power Studies 1: The Quest to Remove Battle from War
  • Air Power Studies 2: Case Studies of Integrated Air Power

and two option modules, from:

  • African Security
  • Conflict in Russia and the Post-Soviet Space
  • Critical Security Studies (forthcoming)
  • Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
  • Intelligence in War and Peace
  • International Law and the Use of Force
  • Middle Eastern Security
  • Seapower
  • South Asian Security
  • Strategic Dimensions of Contemporary Warfare 
  • Transitional Justice and Human Rights (forthcoming)

All option modules are subject to availability term by term. Do not base your decision on applying to the programme based on any one module being available in any one term. Compulsory modules may be available as options subject to availability.

You will complete a 15,000-word dissertation at the end of the taught modules to complete the MA.

For a more detailed outline of the structure you will follow please see our pathway table

For full details of the programme, please see the online Prospectus.

If you are more interested in warfare in general in the modern world, see our War in the Modern World programme. You may also be interested in the International Relations and Contemporary War programme.


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