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3 War Studies Online programmes

War in the Modern World

A young boy armed with a rifle in the 1991–2000 Sierra Leone conflict

A young fighter in Sierra Leone’s civil war. (PA Photos)

War in the Modern World is a fully online two-year part-time MA degree that offers well-designed, engaging and flexible learning for everyone interested in warfare from 1945 to the present day. It is a rigorous, academically testing but hugely rewarding programme.

Over the course of two years, students complete two 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

and four 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 specifically in the role of air power in modern warfare, see our Air Power in the Modern World programme. You may also be interested in the International Relations and Contemporary War programme.
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