Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Military History

Explore Military History throughout the ages and across the globe, from war and conflict to peace and collaboration.

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Course overview

Discover how conflict has shaped nations, societies and ideology throughout history. Explore what drives nations to go to war and people to fight them, understand how technology and propaganda has changed not only warfare, but societies as a whole.

Study war and its effects in the inspiring location of historic Canterbury, with Roman forts and Cold War nuclear bunkers on your doorstep, as well as the battlefields of the First and Second World Wars close by.

Cover hundreds of years of history, or focus on particular eras that fascinate you. Military History is so much more than just battle tactics; you'll delve into history from the fifth century to present day, and develop an understanding of the wider social, ethical and political contexts of warfare, and how these shape our world today.

Why study Military History at Kent?

Into the archives

Explore History through the eyes of the people who were there with our wide range of primary sources in our special collections archives.

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1st

History at Kent ranked 1st for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2025.

Alumni Spotlight.

We caught up with Kent Alumni Jack about how Military History helped him secure a job in the national archives.

Your degree, your way.

Our wide range of modules cover topics from across the History of conflict. Choose to take a broad approach, or specialise and find your niche.

Surrounded by History

Canterbury campus overlooks the medieval city, home to UNESCO heritage sites of Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martins Church.

Everything you need to know about our Military History course

Entry requirements

During Clearing our entry requirements change in real time to reflect the supply and demand of remaining course vacancies. If you think you've found the course for you, apply now to start your Kent journey this September.

Course structure

You're encouraged to explore history and tailor your studies to the times and themes you find most fascinating. Make your degree your own by taking a broad approach to your learning or specialise in a niche area to cultivate your expertise. From your first year you're encouraged to think deeply, and move beyond learning history as a student, to exploring history as a historian.

How you'll study

Teaching is by a combination of lectures, providing a broad overview, and seminars, which focus on discussing particular issues in smaller groups of students and academics.

Hear from Jenny

It’s a great place to be, so if you’re thinking of coming, do it!

We spoke to Jenny in the second year of her Military History BA.

Your future

As a Kent graduate, you will be ready to construct and lead engaging arguments, be quick to recognise context and skilled to propose alternative solutions. And your wide-ranging work with historical sources will improve your ability to think critically, take part in debate and make informed decisions, allowing you to effect change in the places you want to see it.

Career prospects for history graduates are wide ranging, with our students launching careers in everything from teaching to business, research to politics. For Military History, your specialisation helps boost your prospects, with natural routes into the armed forces, archives, or organisations such as the Commonwealth Graves Commission.

The creative problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills you develop at Kent can prepare you for a career in any field. The study of History at Kent equips you with the adaptability to thrive in an exciting career in whatever area you are passionate about. This means Kent’s History graduates are ready to step into a career of limitless opportunities, from education to business, charity to government; you’ll have the talent and insight to build the career you want.

Employability boost
Second-year Military History student has article on Field Marshal Montgomery Published in the magazine Britain at War.

Cathedral archives

The Cathedral Archives and Library hold a fantastic and varied collection of historic records, including manuscripts, photographs, maps and printed books dating from the late 8th century up to the modern day. These cover a range of themes including national and local history, politics, travel, natural science, medicine, church history, and theology.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
    £9,250
  • EU
    £18,600
  • International
    £18,600
  • UK
    £4,625
  • EU
    £9,300
  • International
    £9,300

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for year in industry

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Scholarships

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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