The Department of War Studies seeks to understand the complex realm of war, conflict and international politics
“If you want peace, understand war.” Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart
- Fostering interdisciplinary, critical engagement and creativity
- Encouraging integrity, honesty and personal responsibility
- Providing an environment where academic views can be expressed freely
- Creating an inclusive, accepting and collegial environment
- Supporting students and staff to achieve their individual potential
To provide outstanding research-led teaching to the next generation of scholars in conflict, policy, and international relations
To produce world-leading research that develops new empirical knowledge, employs innovative theory, and addresses vital policy issues
To contribute to society through engagement and knowledge exchange with policymakers, industry and the general public in the UK and beyond.
Who we are
Each year over 2,000 students choose to study in the War Studies Department. Our cohort is diverse, with individuals ranging from 18 to 70, from different backgrounds, faiths, ethnicities, and nationalities, who bring to War Studies a broad range of experiences, abilities and skills. The department supports diversity and respect, encouraging a focus on the strengths and weaknesses of arguments rather than on the gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, or other characteristics of those presenting the arguments.
The War Studies Department is home to around 95 academic staff, associated researchers and professional services who come from a range of disciplines and nationalities, with backgrounds including diplomacy, journalism, law, health and the arts.
What makes us unique?
- The only academic department in the world to focus solely on the complexities of conflict and security.
- Students are taught by experts and pioneers in their fields who are at the forefront of world events as they happen.
- Stellar academic cohort bring an extensive and continually growing network of national and international links around the world for students to take advantage of.
- Extensive range of events throughout the year hosting world leading speakers. *
- Established relationships and links with major London institutions, eg Chatham House, IISS, RUSI, Janes Defence, Visiongain and AKE
- Our location is close to government – physically as well as intellectually. King’s Strand campus is ten minutes walk from Whitehall. This generates interaction between the study and practice of security and foreign policy.
*Please note: events maybe photographed/recorded by the department unless stated otherwise under special circumstances (ie Chatham House rules)