BA (Hons) War Studies and History

BA (Hons) War Studies and History

Studying in a city with a rich history means you have many resources on your doorstep that connect you with the past. You will have the opportunity to explore the marks left on North Yorkshire by historical conflicts. From the site of Britain's bloodiest battle to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, our historic location enriches your learning.

Throughout the course you will investigate the process of war, exploring how they develop and how they are resolved. You will discuss the wider social consequences of past conflict and consider their effect on the present day.

Our History modules allow you to develop your specialism further, giving you the opportunity to research the periods, themes or locations you are passionate about. Our academic staff are active researchers, with specialisms across British, European, Asian and American history, ranging from Ancient Rome and the Napoleonic Wars to the Cold War. You will have the chance to engage with some of their current research, as they explore new directions within their specialist fields.

The transferable skills you will develop on this course include analytical thinking, verbal and written communication, constructing arguments and presentation skills. You will also have the chance to gain work experience through our partnerships within the city. These include:

  • York Museums Trust
  • York Explore archives and library
  • Yorkshire Film Archive

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

Studying these two subjects together gives you the option to progress onto a wide variety of different career paths. This course teaches you to solve complex problems through independent critical thinking, use varied sources of information to form conclusions, and present your arguments both verbally and in writing. These are valuable skills in diverse professional settings.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Historical research
  • The armed forces
  • Civil service
  • International aid
  • Journalism
  • Heritage and Tourism

Course Details

Year 1

Introduction to War Studies
Why Wars Begin
War and the Media
Researching and Presenting the Past
Global York: A Social and Cultural History of the City
War and Society
The Visible Past
People and Nature: An Environmental History
European Revolutions
A Century in Crisis
United States: Empire of Liberty?

Year 2

War in the West
History, Community and Culture
Making History
Pageantry, Power and Patriotism: Late Medieval England, 1300-1450
Watchers and the Watched: Society in Early Modern England, c. 1540-1670
Tudor Women: Agency and Authority
Reds! The Rise and Fall of Soviet Communism
Victorian Grubs: Food, Science and Society
A United Kingdom? Britain, 1707-1837
The Great Society: America in the 1960s
Mao’s China: From Empire to Communism
The Roman Empire: Tiberius to Domitian (14-96)
Historical Specialisms
The Republic in Danger: France in the World 1914-62
The Face of Battle
Peace Organisations
Conflicting Words

Year 3

Dissertation in History OR Dissertation in War Studies
The American Way of War
Special Subject Modules

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