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Why choose this course?


The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War has seen interest in the Great War reach unprecedented heights, and the University of Wolverhampton is very pleased to announce a new Part Time Masters programme exploring the History of Britain and the First World War.

This is an exciting new programme delivered by a truly world-class team of scholars. Led by Professor Gary Sheffield, it includes Professor Stephen Badsey and Dr Spencer Jones,  Professor Peter Simkins, Dr John Bourne, Professor John Buckley and Dr Laura Ugolini.  This is the strongest cluster of scholars specialising in the military history of the First World War to be found in any conventional UK university, and the team will be supported by a number of prestigious guest speakers. A particular strength of the programme is the quality of the teaching. You can watch lectures on aspects of the First World War given by some of the team here: Aspects of the history of the First World War

University of Wolverhampton's cluster of First World War historians have excellent links within the wider historical community at home and overseas. Links with the military are very strong.

For further information, please contact Professor Gary Sheffield, or

What happens on the course?

Learning and teaching takes place through a mixture of lectures, seminars, and student presentations. You are only required to be physically present in Wolverhampton for Saturday Schools. These are held once a month during per term-time; there are  a total of nine Saturday Schools in Year 1, and seven in Year 2. You will also complete a dissertation, a piece of original research chosen in consultation with the Programme Leader, which will individually supervised by a specialist tutor in your subject area. Assessment is carried out through a series of essays: there are no examinations.


Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Successful completion of this course will enhance your career prospects. It will be particularly relevant to researchers, journalists, political and central government professionals, civil servants, military professionals, conflict resolution and NGO workers, charity and campaign workers. Attainment of the MA degree could also lead to doctoral research.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

University of Wolverhampton's cluster of First World War historians have excellent links within the wider historical community at home and overseas. Links with the military are very strong.  The emphasis of the programme is on the military and political history of Britain and the British Empire in the 1914-18 war.

Members of the team:

Professor Gary Sheffield is one of the UK’s highest profile scholars of the First World War. He has published extensively in the field, including 'Forgotten Victory: The First World War – Myths and Realities' (2001), and 'The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army' (2011). Sheffield regularly appears on television and radio, writes in the national press. He is President of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides and a Vice-President of the Western Front Association and is advising the government and the Army on their respective commemorative programmes.

Professor Stephen Badsey is one of the world's leading military historians of the First World War, and is a particular authority on propaganda in 1914-18. His publications include 'Doctrine and Reform in the British Cavalry 1880-1918' (2008) and 'The British Army in Battle and Its Image 1914-18' (2009). He has made over 50 media appearances, and acted as a consultant to numerous TV programmes.
Professor Peter Simkins MBE is an extremely well-respected historian with an international reputation for excellence. Formerly Senior Historian at the Imperial War Museum, he is President of the Western Front Association. His publications include the seminal 'Kitchener's Army: The Raising of the New Armies 1914-16' (1988) and 'The Somme and Beyond: The BEF on the Western Front, 1916-18' (2014).
Dr Spencer Jones is one of the leading scholars of the emerging generation of British military historians. His books include 'From Boer War to World War: Tactical Reform of the British Army, 1902-14' (2012) and, as editor and contributor, 'Stemming the Tide: Officers and Leadership in the British Expeditionary Force, 1914' (2013). In 2013 he was appointed to the prestigious position of Historian of the Royal Regiment of Artillery.


At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate extensive knowledge and detailed understanding of the history of Britain in the First World War.
  • Demonstrate the ability to negotiate, design and undertake independent research based on primary sources
  • Exercise critical, evaluative and analytical skills in relation to historiographical debates and sources
  • Communicate effectively at an appropriate level for a Masters programme

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Part-time £3825 per year 2020-21

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

A 2:1 in a relevant degree is desirable, but applicants with other qualifications and non-graduates will be considered on individual merits.


You should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent).

Postgraduate Loan (UK or EU national):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,222 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at or here

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

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.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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