School of History

War Studies BA, Hons.

The War Studies BA programme at Kent is an innovative programme that is firmly rooted in the discipline of history. With a strong focus on military history, previous graduates have gone on to join the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies and the civil service - as well as a whole host of other careers suitable for history graduates.

War is often thought of as the engine of change in human activity. The War Studies programme offers you the chance to study one of the most significant aspects of human behaviour - that of organised conflict and aggression.

The modules on the programme examine not only military history, but also the impact of war and conflict across a wide chronological and geographic range.

Working closely with the School of Politics and International Relations and Kent Law School, specialist modules are able to give alternative perspectives on war and conflict. In addition, War Studies students are eligible to take the majority of the modules available on the History BA programme, and vica versa - allowing undergraduates to tailor degrees to their own interests.

As with all modules in the School of History, the modules offered on the War Studies programme are closely related to the research interests of academics. As a result, module options are wide-ranging, from the Crusades to the Falklands Conflict, covering everything from the tactics used in mechanised warfare, to the study of wartime cinema.

"[The lecturers] are helpful, knowledgable and passionate about their subject; a trait that rubs off on us students."

Mario Draper
BA War Studies Graduate




The School of History is based at the University of Kent's Canterbury campus.

Canterbury and Kent have always been 'front-line Britain' and contain significant military sites ranging from Roman forts to Cold War nuclear bunkers. Called Durovernum by the Romans, Canterbury is a city steeped in history and as such makes a stimulating environment for anyone wishing to study the past. The green and leafy campus is situated on a hill overlooking the city, and is conveniently located for travel to both London and the continent - fantastic for trips to the battlefields of the First and Second World Wars.

The resources available to undergraduates are also excellent. Historians gain access to a wealth of books, journals and other resources through the university's Templeman Library (which is home to over a million items, and the British Cartoon Archive), alongside privileged access to the Canterbury Cathedral Library and Archives. This represents an opportunity to work with a range of top-quality primary sources - such as the Cathedral's unique collection of medieval and early modern manuscripts.

Entry Requirements

A levels

  • ABB at A-Level
  • and a minimum of a B in A level History, if taken.


  • 33 points overall or 16/17 points at Higher Level;
  • 5 in Higher Level history or 6 in Standard Level history (where taken)

Other qualifications? Unsure?

If you have any other qualifications, any questions, or are unsure on anything regarding the above entry tariffs, please do not hesistate to contact us. We're happy to help!

Module Overview

Stage One

The modules listed below are those currently running. This is an indicative list; please be aware that all of these modules may not be running the year you apply.

Core Modules

Optional Modules

Stage Two & Three

School of History, Rutherford College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

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Last Updated: 01/05/2015