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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. (AP/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. A Diploma award is also offered. It is a rigorous, academically testing but hugely rewarding programme.

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

  • History of Contemporary Warfare 1: The early Cold War, 1945–1975
  • History of Contemporary Warfare 2: From Cold War to 'New World Order'

and four option modules, from:

  • African Security
  • Air Power Studies 1: The Quest to Remove Battle from War
  • Air Power Studies 2: Case Studies of Integrated Air Power
  • Contemporary Warfare and International Relations
  • Insurgency and Counter-insurgency
  • Intelligence in War and Peace
  • International Law and the Use of Force
  • Middle Eastern Security
  • South Asian Security
  • Seapower
  • Strategic Dimensions of Contemporary Warfare 

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.

If you are studying a masters degree you will complete a 15,000-word dissertation at the end of the taught modules.

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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