School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

History and War Studies

BA (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

The History and War Studies degree provides graduates with the knowledge of the issues, themes, debates and developments related to the analysis of history and war.

The History and War Studies degree provides graduates with the knowledge of the issues, themes, debates and developments related to the analysis of history and war.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code LV91
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  • Start Date(s) 20 January 2020, 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Why choose this course?

The History and War Studies degree provides graduates with the knowledge of the issues, themes, debates and developments related to the analysis of history and war. Our graduates are equipped to develop and sustain debates on the strategic, ethical and philosophical uses of war as well as understanding the full historical contexts within which conflict arises. Alongside subject-specific knowledge, you will develop a wide range of key transferable skills including enhanced communication, analytical and technological proficiency. The degree encourages you to become digitally literate and intellectually curious, with the capacity to work both independently and as part of a wider team to understand, develop and apply solutions to both theoretical and practical problems. These skills equip our graduates to use their knowledge in enterprising and profitable ways in their chosen careers and develop their roles within the wider community.



What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:


Year 1

4WR003 War and the Modern World (20 Credits)

4HS001 The Pursuit of History (20 Credits)

4WR002 Thinking about War and Peace (20 Credits)

4HS003 The Making of Modern Britain, c1700 - c1819 (20 Credits)

4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4PO005 Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire from 1800 to 1950 or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism or 4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or 4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4WR004 The Holocaust or 4WL003 Elementary Language or 4WL002 Basic Language (20 Credits)

Year 2

5HS002 Revolutionary Ireland 1798-1940 or 5HS006 The Social History of Victorian Britain c1850-c1901 or 5HS008 Migrant Journeys, Migrant Stories. Itinerants, Migrants and Refugees c1800- 1950 or 5HS010 The Great War 1914-1918 (20 Credits)

5WR006 War in Europe 1939-1945 or 5WR007 Political Violence (20 Credits)

5PO006 Contemporary Britain or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

5HS001 The Cold War or 5HS003 Sex and the City: Sexuality in the Long Eighteenth Century or 5HS007 Preserving the Past: Heritage, History and Identity (20 Credits)

5WR004 Terrorism or 5WR002 The Battle for Normandy 1944 or 5WR005 Virtual Warriors: The Evolution of War Gaming (20 Credits)

5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

Year 3

6HS003 Consumption and the World of Goods: Drink, Drugs and Shopping in Britain, c. 1650-c.1830 or 6HS011 From Reich to Republic. German Society 1871-1924 or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6HS015 Doing Good? Histories of Charity in Modern Britain and Beyond (20 Credits)

6WR004 Trial by Fire: The American Civil War or 6WR007 Dreadnought to Enterprise: Maritime Warfare c.1900 to the Present Day or 6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland (20 Credits)

6HS004 Independent Study in History or 6WR006 War Studies Project or 6HU001 Humanities Business and Community Link or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6HS001 America: The Rise of a Superpower, 1890-1945 or 6HS006 Youth Culture and Popular Music in Twentieth Century Britain or 6HS010 Germany 1919-1945. From Weimar to Auschwitz. or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6HS014 The Family in Britain, 1830-1939 (20 Credits)

6WR001 Conflict Resolution in the Modern World or 6WR005 The Barbarization of Warfare or 6PO002 The Politics of the Middle East (20 Credits)

6HS004 Independent Study in History or 6WR006 War Studies Project or 6HU001 Humanities Business and Community Link or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The skills, competencies and knowledge you learn through studying History and War Studies are directly relevant to a wide variety of careers. Information work, librarianship, archive management, museum administration and heritage management are professions that actively employ our students. The degree also provides the key analytical and transferrable skills that are much sought after in the fields of the armed forces, local government, the civil service, the media and a wide range of business and commercial activities. In addition, History and War Studies is an ideal course for students wishing to enter the teaching profession and many of our graduates have become successful teachers in the primary sector and History specialists in secondary schools and FE colleges. A notable proportion of our graduates have also undertaken postgraduate education in recent years, studying for Masters and PhD degrees.



Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

You will be taught by recognised experts with a proven and respected research and publications record.

We will enable you to develop key intellectual and transferable skills that are geared towards academic achievement, personal development and future employability.

Prospective students can find a recommended reading list for our courses here. 

 At the completion of the course you will:

  1. Have an awareness and critical understanding of the problematic nature of interpreting the past and the strategic, ethical and philosophical theories underpinning the subject;
  2. Have an understanding of the varieties of approaches to analysing historical events, the concept of war and war’s implications;
  3. Be familiar with a variety of historical and war-related case studies;
  4. Be able to address historical and contemporary problems in depth using primary and secondary sources;
  5. Be able to use appropriate technologies in digitally literate and enterprising ways to support research, process data and produce written work and presentational material to a variety of audiences;
  6. Have a greater understanding of the value of civic responsibility in your outlook toward and relationships with others in a global context.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2020 Entry

  • 96 UCAS points
  • CCC from ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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