This unique programme brings to the fore an issue which lies at the heart of historical study. The history of war is a history of ourselves; an opportunity to explore culture, politics and society in changing periods and contexts.
Our MA covers key historical episodes and case studies, examining the impact of war on shaping nationhood, identity, class, gender and citizenship in European societies. It offers motivated and able students the opportunity to work with historians in their key area of expertise.
At present our historians offer specialisms including the French Revolution, the First and Second World Wars, warfare in the early modern world, the visual history of war, the history of genocide and the history of war and memory. This course is taught by one of the best history teams in the UK, at present rated fifth in the National Survey of Student Satisfaction.
This MA provides world class training which would support and develop careers in teaching, policy and journalism. It also offers a superb foundation for PhD study. The School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies offers its own scholarship funding for PhD research. Perhaps most importantly, this MA provides a space for driven students to expand their knowledge and develop their historical interests in the history of war.
Portsmouth has a rich history at the centre of British military activity and provides the perfect backdrop for this MA programme. The University has close links with local heritage sites like the Royal Navy Museum, the D-Day Museum and the Royal Marines Museum, and students will have the opportunity to explore these exciting local collections.
The University of Portsmouth has a strong track record of research excellence. All of our history staff are active researchers and are committed to bringing their expertise into their teaching. You will be given the opportunity to work at every stage with scholars who are leaders in their field.
At Portsmouth we are deeply committed to the personal and professional development of our students. You will be given personalised support at every stage of your degree.
International Student Requirements:
Applicants whose first language is not English - IELTS 6.5 with no component less than 6.0 or equivalent.
US students who have received an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth can apply for a Direct Loan through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programme. We are an eligible Federal Loan institution - our school code is G21159.