War Studies BA (Hons)

Evidence suggests that in the 21st century the incidence of warfare is increasing. Armed conflict is a hugely significant aspect of the human condition, and War Studies explores this phenomenon by asking fundamental questions such as what is war, how do wars start, and how do they end? The possession of a war studies award is likely to be particularly applicable to career paths requiring analytical ability and a knowledge of international affairs and security-related issues.

UCAS course code
L2K3
Location
York St John University
Course fees
2017 - 2018: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £10,000 per annum
Duration
3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2018

Course structure

Overview

Our programme draws on a unique combination of disciplines including history, American studies, media/film, English literature, theology, peace studies, material culture and human geography to offer you an insight into the processes involved in the development, shape, social consequences and resolution of armed conflict over time.

Our modules look at topics including:

  • The basic concepts of War Studies
  • The role of the media in the representation and reportage of war
  • Why wars begin
  • The nature of armed combat
  • Religious approaches to war and peace
  • Literary responses to war and conflict
  • Specific conflicts from the ancient world to the ‘War on Terror’

You will also have the opportunity to design your own extended research project in a third year dissertation.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language 

For 2017 entry UCAS has altered how its tariff points are calculated. Calculate your tariff points.

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through previous study (for example: history, politics, international development) or wider reading.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Further study
  • Career plans
  • Participation in political groups or debate
  • Interest in international affairs
  • Interest in social and technological transformation
  • Interest in news and current affairs
  • Interest in diplomacy and culture
  • Visits to historical sites

Strong candidates will also demonstrate transferrable skills such as time management and research ability.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees for 2018 / 19 entry have not yet been confirmed.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £10,000 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Study abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.

Financial help and support

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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