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History of War

King's College London

12 months
29310 GBP/year
16200 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA History of War at King's College London provides a platform to explore all aspects of the emergence of modern war from its late medieval origins to the present day, equipping you with the critical skills needed for further study or for a variety of careers in a complex and changing world.


The modern world has largely been shaped by centuries of warfare and by the prospect of future wars. Understanding the history of war is, therefore, essential to understanding the world we live in today. You will be studying the many cultural, social, economic, and strategic changes in warfare over time, working with a huge range of some of the world’s leading professional historians within the multi-disciplinary environment of the Department of War Studies and elsewhere in the college.

The Department of War Studies was the first academic department in the world to focus solely on the complexities of conflict and security, and has an unmatchable international reputation. As a multidisciplinary department, in addition to historical subjects, it provides unique opportunities to broaden your study across a range of disciplines, as well as access to research-led teaching in the evolution of war, past present, and future.

The History of War course at King's College London is designed to equip you to progress to doctoral study, though the range of skills that you will gain, preparing you for a career in any number of areas, including education, government, media, publishing, and more.

Key benefits

  • An opportunity to study within the unique, multi-disciplinary Department of War Studies, by far the largest and most well-established of its kind, with 60 years of dedicated study to all aspects of human conflict.
  • It offers a chance to work with the largest group of professional historians of war in the world. Departmental staff are internationally recognised experts in their areas of specialisation; they are active researchers and routinely use their latest findings in their teaching.
  • The programme is suitable for those already developing a specialist knowledge, just beginning their historical studies on the subject of war, or for those returning to history after an unrelated career.
  • Your work with detailed, original archives, along with the critical examination of methodological and theoretical issues related to war will equip you with a uniquely wide range of transferable skills, useful in any number of careers. Our graduates demonstrate independent, critical thinking and industry.
  • You will have the opportunity to complete a major piece of independent work with the freedom to choose whichever topic interests you most, along with developing your communication skills, both written and oral through presenting it
  • There are opportunities to get involved in the activities of the Department and the Sir Michael Howard Centre and associated research groups, such as the Laughton Naval Unit, these include workshops, guest seminars, research conferences and other events.
  • You will benefit from the central London location and the ready access to libraries, archives, museums, think tanks, and policy-making bodies.
  • You can take advantage of the many eminent historians who frequently come to speak in the department along with other high-profile visitors such as government ministers, ambassadors and generals. 
  • Graduates have gone on to enjoy careers in education, government, media, publishing, and more, others have pursued academic research, working in universities, museums, and other types of organisation           

Career prospects

History of War Graduates go on to work for NGOs, the FCO, the MOD, the Home Office, NATO, the UN or pursue careers in academia, journalism, finance, the diplomatic services, the armed forces, education and more. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Diplomacy & Foreign Policy
  • Comparative Civil Wars
  • Strategic Thought
  • Past and Present of British Intelligence
  • Cybersecurity: Comparative Policy and Strategy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Undergraduate degree with high 2:1 honours (i.e. overall average of at least 65% across all years of study) in history, international relations, political science, economics or other appropriate subject.
  • A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. 
  • One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
  • Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29310 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29310 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    16200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16200 GBP per year during 12 months.


  • Home fees: £8,100 per year  
  • Overseas fees: £14,655 per year 

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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