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BA War Studies & History

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
3 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
15600 GBP
National
9000 GBP
EU
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 12 GBP
National 12 GBP
Department
Department of History;Department of War Studies
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)5.5
27

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About this course

The underlying rationale for each joint honours programme is that the key elements of the History and International Relations curricular (and the modules which reflect them) can be augmented and reinforced by the study of other subject areas and disciplines, given the way in which war touches every aspect of human existence, past and present.

The War Studies elements provide students with a sophisticated understanding of war, both as a subject worthy of study and as an intellectual preparation for the widest possible range of career choices. These skills include the ability to handle a wide range of evidence, analyse complex issues and present conclusions in a clear and effective manner.

The History element of the degree develops critical thinking and independence of thought about the past. The International Relations elements provide students with a sophisticated understanding of the area, both as a subject worthy of study and as an intellectual preparation for the widest possible range of career choices. These skills include the ability to handle a wide range of evidence, analyse complex issues and present conclusions in a clear and effective manner.

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Eligibility Criteria

IELTS - 5.5 overall with a minimum of:

  • 5.5 in reading and writing .
  • 5.0 in listening and speaking.

Note: Law pathway applicants require a minimum of 6.0 overall with no skill below 5.5.

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Course Modules

YEAR 1
Students choose modules worth 60 credits from the War Studies Department, and modules worth 60 credits from the History Department.

YEAR 1 CORE
War Studies Compulsory Core Modules:

  • Contemporary Security Issues (15 credits)
  • The Art of War Studies (15 credits)

History Compulsory Core Module:

  • Historical Skills, Sources and Approaches


YEAR 1 OPTIONS
War Studies:

  • The Causes of War
  • The Conduct of War
  • The Experience of War

History Options:
You will take one option from the following list:

  • The Making of Britain 400-1400
  • Medieval Europe 400-1500
  • Early Modern Britain 1500-1750
  • Power, Belief and Culture in Europe 1500-1800
  • The Worlds of the British Empire, c1730-1960
  • Europe from 1793 to 1991
  • Politics and Society in Britain, 1780-1945


YEAR 2
Students choose modules worth 60 credits from the War Studies Department, and modules worth 60 credits from the History Department.

YEAR 2 CORE
Although there are no core War Studies modules, students should ensure that they meet the requirement below (see Year 2 options)

No core History module.

YEAR 2 OPTIONS
War Studies:

  • All joint honours students choose two modules from the seven options in War Studies; at least one of which should be either Intelligence in War Studies or War in International Order or World War II in Europe.
  • The options in War Studies are:
  • War & Global Conflict in the Contemporary World
  • Military Strategy
  • Intelligence in War Studies
  • War & Society
  • War in International Order
  • Aspects of Naval History
  • World War II in Europe

History:

  • Choice from all level 5 optional modules in the History department, which would typically include the following:
  • British Economic History from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century
  • Church, State and Nation in Britain, 1750-1939
  • Crime and the Law 1500-1750
  • Europe in the Age of Revolution and Napoleon
  • European Jewry & the Transition to Modernity, 1650 - 1850
  • Faith, Nation and Empire in Modern East-Central Europe (1800-present)
  • From Crowd to Court: Cultures of Politics in Later Hanoverian Britain
  • The French Civil War, 1934-1970
  • Friends. Political Bonds in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy (1300-1550)
  • History and Memory
  • The History of Australia since 1788
  • History of Political Ideas
  • History of the Iberian World, 1492-1822
  • History of the Roman Empire
  • The Sociology of the Middle Ages
  • The Northern Ireland Troubles
  • Religion & Society in Southern Europe
  • Roman History down to 31BC
  • The Soviet Union and Russia, 1945-2000
  • Themes in Early Modern Cultural History
  • Theories of Modern History

Second year students can also choose to take a module at another College of the University of London.


YEAR 3
Students choose modules worth 60 credits from the War Studies Department, and modules worth 60 credits from the History Department.

YEAR 3 CORE
Dissertation (in either the Department of War Studies or the History Department)

YEAR 3 OPTIONS
War Studies:

  • The War Studies Options (2014-15) are:
  • Guerrillas in the Mist: Insurgency & Counter Insurgency in the Modern World
  • Philosophies of War
  • Manpower, Technology, Ideology: the Emergence of Modern War, 1914-1921
  • American Civil war
  • Security Issues in the Middle East
  • Fighting in the Air
  • Warfare in the Ancient World
  • War & International Relations
  • War & Strategy in East Asia
  • British Strategy 1815-1856
  • Nature of Riots
  • War on Terror

History:
Students can choose to take a Group III module which involves studying primary source materials or a Thematic Special Subject, in which students think comparatively and theoretically about the different periods and places they have studied in their degree so far.
Typical Group III modules:

  • Alexander the Great
  • Augustus: Power and Propaganda
  • Australia in the Second World War: Strategy, Politics and Diplomacy
  • Britain's Thatcher
  • British Imperial Policy and Decolonisation, 1938-1964
  • Caribbean Intellectual History since 1800
  • Carolingian Europe, c.750-900
  • The Making of a Colonial Regime: Eastern India, 1780-1820
  • The Norman Conquest of Britain
  • The Origins of Reformation in England
  • Reform & Rebellion in England, 1215-1267
  • Romans & Barbarians: The Transformation of the Roman West 350-700
  • Women & Gender in Early Modern England
  • Any intercollegiate Group III

Typical Thematic Special Subject modules:

  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Economic Crises
  • Intimacies
  • Nations
  • Ritual

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How to Apply

Apply online via the UCAS website (click on 'apply'). If you are applying through a school or college, you will need to obtain a 'buzzword' from the centre you are applying through. Alternatively, you can apply as an individual, independent of a school or college. Please see the UCAS website for instructions. The UCAS institution code name for King's is KCL, and the institution code is K60.

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