War Studies BA (Hons)

The War Studies programme will appeal to student interested in history generally, military history and warfare, politics, international relations and current affairs. As a student in the programme you will develop similar skill sets to other students studying History, Media/Film, and English Literature; therefore, when you graduate you will enjoy similarly broad employment opportunities to graduates from those types of programmes. Additionally, you will gain an insight into the processes involved in the development, shape, social consequences and resolution of armed conflict over time and well as witness how these elements affect contemporary events.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2019 - 2020: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,750 per annum
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 2019
Study options
Available with integrated Foundation Year
Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

Course structure


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.

Level 1

Modules will include:

Introduction to War Studies will explore the fundamental question ‘what is war’, familiarise students with a variety of disciplinary approaches to the subject, and introduce them to some of the techniques required for its analysis at undergraduate level throughout the rest of the War Studies programme.

Why Wars Begin will examine the complex question of why wars occur (and do not occur). In doing so, the module will introduce students to a diverse range of historical and theoretical arguments relating to the causes of war that will have relevance and application throughout the War Studies programme.

War and the Media explores the relationship of war and the media on two levels: first in terms of the role of the media in the representation and reportage of war which will likely draw on case studies from the Crimean War to date, and second, in terms of the use of media resources and techniques for researching and understanding war, which potentially could involve case studies from throughout human history.

Level 2

Modules will include:

The Face of Battle looks at the experience and impact of war on both civilians and soldier by means of a series of case studies drawn from the practical ‘laboratory’ represented by York and its surrounding area.

Experiential Learning for War Studies will explore the practical, contemporary relevance of War Studies, both in terms of its subject content and the application of the skills and competencies developed on the programme to the personal and career development of students, the latter objective to be achieved by the participation of students in a work-related learning environment or setting.

Conflicting Words will examine a range of texts produced between 1914 and the early twenty-first century. Each text is a response to and representation of war and conflict. The subject’s experiences of war and the aftermath of war provide an alternative narrative to both hegemonic political discourse and to historiography.

Level 3

Modules will include:

Conflict on the East Asian Mainland: this module looks at the major conflicts on the East Asian mainland in the 20th century

Origins of the Second World War will examine the challenge to international order presented during the 1930s by Germany, Italy and Japan, the response of Britain, France, Russia and the USA, and the reasons why tensions between these nations escalated into the Second World War.

War Studies Dissertation will enable students to plan, research and write an independent research dissertation, with the guidance of a supervisor, on a topic of specific interest to them within the broad field of War Studies. In so doing, students will make extensive use of primary and relevant secondary sources.

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.

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Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C / 4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language 

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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.

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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.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships.

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


Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 / 20

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 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 2019 / 20

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 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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