International and Military History


  • Entry year 2024
  • Duration Full time 1 year, Part time 2 years


Why Lancaster?

  • Study the only degree in the UK to combine international and military history at Master’s level
  • Gain a truly global perspective with modules that cover Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East
  • Join our supportive research community and work alongside scholars who are experts in their field
  • Engage with world-leading specialists, as well as politicians, diplomats and military leaders through Lancaster University’s Centre for War and Diplomacy
  • Boost your expertise and prepare to take your career in a new direction.

From the rise and fall of great powers to peace-making and weaponry, join us to explore the major themes of international and military history from the Middle Ages to the modern day. By the end of the course, you’ll be ready for exciting opportunities in research, the Civil Service and more.

Discuss, debate and discover

Study a course that uniquely combines two fascinating areas. The field of international history is transforming as it moves away from a western-centric perspective, while military history covers the different dimensions of war. You’ll go beyond the strategy and battles, looking at political, economic and social factors.

Our international outlook means this course suits students from anywhere in the world. You’ll explore the making of war and peace on the global stage – one day you could be discussing the increasing militarisation of the Asia-Pacific, the next you could be debating the military resurgence of Russia.

Unpicking the past

This course draws upon our History Department's expertise, as well as research from our Centre for War and Diplomacy, which confronts today’s challenges by examining the past.

Analysing data and developing arguments will be a key part of your postgraduate studies. So, as well as learning from our research, you’ll carry out your own with support from our experts. Past students have looked at everything from the history of battleships to civil wars in Africa.


Whether you want to develop your expertise and research skills, change career paths or return to education after being in the military, you’ll gain the knowledge you need to engage with key debates. You’ll also be able to advance new arguments, informed by a global perspective.

Your historical understanding of current challenges is something employers will value. Being able to deal with large amounts of data and think analytically will help you stand out too.

Our students have the expertise needed for rewarding careers in the Civil Service and international organisations. Recent alumni have gone on to work in the museums and heritage sector, including at the Army Flying Museum.

You might also find roles within journalism, risk consultancy or intelligence analysis. Some of our students also continue their journey in academia with a PhD.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in History, a related combined major or a degree in other related humanities disciplines.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 5.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email

Course structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.



Fees and funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
Home £11,500 £5,750
International £23,875 £11,935

General fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course. You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

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Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2024/2025 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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