Tab Content: Course Overview
From the rise and fall of great powers to the treatment of non-combatants, from diplomacy and peace-making to strategy and doctrine, and from wars of propaganda to weaponry and intelligence, explore the major themes of international and military history across the world from ancient times to today.
Recent development in geo-politics – from the increasing militarisation of the Asia-Pacific to the military resurgence of Russia – have led to a renaissance in the study of warfare and relations between states, as academics, students, governments, and the general public seek to understand the making and conduct of war and peace on the global stage. At the same time, the field of international history has been transformed, moving away from a western-centric perspective and a focus on high politics to integrate the perspective of the Global South, while also focussing on ‘lesser’ political actors and people. Military History, meanwhile, has grown from its original focus on strategy, battles, and military leaders to incorporate the study of the political, economic, societal, and cultural dimensions of war. These disciplinary developments are embedded in Lancaster's Masters in International and Military History, which draws from the History Department's particular expertise in war and inter-state relations from the ancient world to the present day, in order to explore these themes across time.
Whether you are seeking to develop professional expertise or pursue a research career, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to engage with key debates and advance new arguments, informed by a global perspective and a broad chronological understanding.
Tab Content: Why choose this course?
- Study the only degree in the UK to combine international and military history at Masters level
- Pursue your interest across a broad chronological range, from the ancient world to the present day
- Gain a truly global perspective, across Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East
- Develop expertise and skills that will enhance your career potential in a range of sectors or prepare you for doctoral research
- Work with scholars expert in the fields of international and military history, and whose teaching is fuelled by the latest research
- Through our guest speaker programme, you can engage with the work of other leading scholars, as well as diplomats, politicians, and military leaders
- Join the History department ranked 6th in the UK overall, and 3rd in the UK for graduate prospects, by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
Tab Content: Key Information
Undergraduate Degree: A 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in History or a related discipline
If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualifications here: International Qualifications
Students who have completed a combined major or a degree in other disciplines, such as Politics, English, Cultural Studies or Linguistics, are welcome to apply
English Language: IELTS - Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 5.5
We consider tests from other providers, which can be found here: English language requirements
If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes
Pre-sessional English language programmes available:
4 Week Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below 5.5
10 Week Overall score of at least 5.5, with no individual element below 5.0
Longer pre-sessional programmes are available, please contact the Admissions Office for further information
Funding: All applicants should consult our information on Fees and Funding; Faculty Scholarships and Funding; History Fees and Funding
Tab Content: Fees
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The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.
If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.
What are tuition fees for?
Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.
The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.
Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.
How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?
Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.
What support is available towards tuition fees?
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.