Far from being just knowledge of the past, studying issues related to important world events, defence, security, intelligence and strategy are not only insightful, they’ll be highly valued in a troubled world by employers within these fields, and beyond.
A varied set of core modules will take you into scope of studying history at University, whether you’ve got a history qualification or not. Modules like ‘What is History’ which uncovers the themes and tools used by historians and ‘Total War in the Modern Era’, chronicling key wars and their influence, will help prepare you for the more specialist modes to follow later in the course.
A wide range of optional modules in years two and three will help you decide where your interests lie in preparation for your final year project, including the option to study intelligence and security taught by experts in the University’s internationally renowned Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies (BCISS).
Along the way, you will build a toolkit of transferable skills gained through evidence gathering, analysis, problem solving, drafting and communications, which can be applied to a wide range of industries within the public and private sector.
Opt for a placement year and you’ll be adding a year’s experience in a job role and industry sector that will help to show future employers where you might be a good fit for their organisation. Your placement doesn’t have to be related to history and you’ll get plenty of support from staff and resources in the University’s Professional Development Centre.
Studying military and international history at Brunel has many advantages. Situated in London, the course has established links to world-renowned archives and libraries based in and close to London, including the Caird Library (National Maritime Museum), The National Archives and the Imperial War Museum, among others.
Additionally, the original WWII operations bunker used by Sir Winston Churchill on the former RAF Uxbridge is a walk away from campus where Brunel students regularly volunteer.
UK entry requirements
GCE A-level BBB.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM and A-level at grade B.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject with A-levels grade BC.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points. GCSE English equivalent SL 5 or HL 4 and Mathematics SL 4 or HL 4.
Obtain a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.
A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 and GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4 or GCSE English Literature grade B or grade 5.
EU and International entry requirements
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
BrunELT: 63% (min 55% in all areas)
TOEFL: 92 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)
The course content is made up of a variety of subject area strands that can be studied across all three years of the programme. At every level, there are modules relating to each strand. After taking the compulsory modules in the first year, you can choose to study across a range of strands, or specialise in particular strands. Below is a list of the strands:
Historiography and Sources: This strand trains you in the historical method: what historians do, how they study the past, and what makes an historian. You will examine historical debate and historiography, fake debates (such as Holocaust denial), and the importance of primary sources. This will equip you with the skills for your final-year dissertation
International History: This strand focuses on war, diplomacy and statecraft, including the study of intelligence and national security, the Cold War, international relations, and the impact of major armed conflicts such as the two world wars and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Military History: This strand explores all dimensions of military history. It focuses on different types of warfare across an extended chronology, on military strategy and theorists of war, on specific wars and their historical impact, and the relationship of conflict to broader history.
This course can be studied 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.
Year 1 Compulsory
PP1607 The Problem of the Past
PX1606 - Europe at War, 1914-1945
PX1607 - Makers of Modern Strategy
PX1608 - Total War in the Modern Era, 1789-1945
PP1605 Conflict and Diplomacy in the Modern Era
PP1608 Africa and the World
Year 2 Compulsory
PX2603 - Historians and their Craft
PX2604 - The First World War - Causes, Course, Consequences
PP2612 - War and Geography
PP2030 US Foreign Policy from WW2 to the End of the Cold War
PX2605 Australia and The Modern World
PX2607 The State and Revolution
PX2606 Themes in the History of Modern African
PP2613 - National Security Intelligence
Year 3 Compulsory
PX3610 - Military and International History Dissertation
PP3610 - From Gibraltar to Suez: Britain’s Quest to Dominate the Mediterranean, 1704-1956
PP3001 - Arab-Israeli Conflict
PP3608 Terrorism 1960-2016
PX3411 - The Second World War
PX3608 The British Maritime World, 1660-1815
PX3612 The Creation of the Western Alliance 1945-195
£1,385 placement year
Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy.
Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.
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