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Ancient and Medieval Warfare (MA)

1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

The MA in Ancient and Medieval Warfare offers students the opportunity to explore military history in the Greek, Roman and Medieval worlds from a broad comparative perspective.

Special Features

Course Description

The MA in Ancient and Medieval Warfare consists of a flexible combination of taught modules and individual research, which enables students to specialise in a specific period if they wish, or, if they prefer, to study a particular theme across a wider timespan. The MA provides a solid foundation of research skills which can serve as a basis for doctoral research, but it also provides transferable skills, which will be valuable for a career in any field.

The taught element of the MA runs from October to May, and combines research training modules, study of an ancient language, and a choice of specialised options (listed below). During the taught stage of the MA, students lay the foundations for the second part of the course, which is an individual research project, carried out between May and September, leading up to a dissertation of 16,000 words. The MA can be taken full-time in one year, or part-time over three years.

Course Structure

Students take a total of 180 credits of modules, consisting of:

Skills Acquired

In addition to helping students obtain detailed and critical knowledge of their chosen area of military history, the MA offers them the chance to acquire and perfect valuable skills that are applicable to careers in many different fields. Often referred to as transferable or generic skills, these skills expand students' individual capabilities and make it easier for them to obtain employment and enter their careers with abilities that are widely considered essential for professional success.

Upon completion of the MA in Ancient and Medieval Warfare, students will have acquired the following skills:

Entry Requirements

1st or upper 2nd class UK Honours degree in an appropriate subject. Suitable for graduates in Ancient History, Classics and Classical Archaeology and related humanities and social science disciplines.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (minimum 6.5) or equivalent.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

How to Apply

To make an application please use our Online Application Service and select the MA Ancient and Medieval Warfare option. Applicants should use the Personal Statement section of the form to outline their area of interest and, if possible, the topic that they hope to research for their dissertation.


Click here for more information on funding available for Masters students in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £6,000 £14,500
Part-time £3,000 £7,250
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr. Laurence Totelin  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5631 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4929 


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School Contact

Name: Dr. Tracey Loughran  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5650 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4929 


School Website:

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