School of History

Centre for the Study of War, Propaganda and Society

Postgraduate Study


Since 1995, the Centre for the Study of War, Propaganda and Society has offered MA programmes in this field. Originally titled ‘Propaganda and Persuasion’, the programme was revamped and renamed MA in War, Media and Society in 2007 to reflect the arrival of new staff with new specialisms. In addition, in September 2015, the Centre launched the inter-disciplinary MA in First World War Studies.

Further information about entry requirements, the application process and funding opportunities can be found on the School of History Taught Masters pages.


The Centre has a strong research culture and is backed by a supportive group of staff who are happy to hear from prospective students.

Further information about entry requirements, the application process and funding opportunities can be found on the School of History Research programme pages.

Current Research Students

Name Title
Emily Bartlett Helping Britain's heroes: the charitable construction of disabled ex-servicemen of the First World War in Britain
Seb Browne Contested Ideologies of Care: Surgery during the Spanish Civil War
Jack Davies Hospitals in Stately Homes in the South East in the First World War
Mario Draper The Belgian Army and Society and Military Cultures, 1830-1940
James Farley Developments or contradictions? Chinese propaganda and associated ideology during the post-revolutionary period
Pip Gregory The funny side of war: A comparison of humour within cartoons produced during the First World War in Britain and Germany
Charlie Hall Exploitation of intelligence in Germany after 1945
David Harrison British Foreign Office's attitude towards the German colonial question 1919-1929
Peter Keeling The public debate over defence in Britain c. 1860-1900 with particular reference to invasion scares
Paul Ketley Alternate medical spaces in the Second World War
Robert Newman Forestry, the British Empire and the First World War: Supply Networks, Logistics and Environmental Sustainability
David Peace The normative architecture of postwar hereditary science in the UK
Nigel Perrin Paris Underground: A Spatial History of Resistance and Occupation, 1940-1944
Tony Pratley The Supermarine Spitfire: Following the Flight of an icon across the cultural landscape of Britain
Sebastian Puncher The Victorian Army and the Cadet Colleges: Woolwich and Sandhurst 1840-1902
Linda Ralph Mapping the Resistance
Markus Wahl Medical memories and experiences in post-war East Germany

Completed Theses

Name Title Completed
Robert Stoneman The Reformed British Militia, c.1852-1908 2015
Joanna Thornton Government Media Policy during the Falklands War 2015
William Butler The Irish Amateur Military Tradition in the British Army c.1854-1945 2014
Edward Smalley The Command, Control and Communications systems of the British Expeditionary Force, September 1939 - June 1940 2014
William Studdert Music Goes to War. How Britain, German and the USA used Jazz as Propaganda during World War II 2014
Mark Hurst British Human Rights Organisations and Soviet Dissent, 1965-1985 2013
Peter Johnston Culture, Combat and Killing: A Comparative Study of the British Armed Forces at War in the Falklands 2013
Ben Coombs British Tank production from 1934 to 1945 2012
Gary Evans The British Cavalry, 1920-1940 2012
George Hay The British Yeomanry Cavalry, 1794-1920 2012
Edward Corse Cultural Propaganda: The British Council's acitivities in neutral Europe 1939-1945 2011
Raymond Backler Southern leadership during the Vickburg Campaign 2010
David Budgen British Children's Books and the First World War 1914-2007 2010
Don Leggett Shaping the Victorian Navy: Experiment, experience and the culture of expertise in naval architecture 2010
Michael Senior Lt Gen Sir Richard Haking XI Corps Commander 1915-1918: A Study in Corps Command 2010
Emma Mahoney The Great War on the Small Screen: British Great War Television Documentaries: 1964-2003 2006
Eleni Tsoumi-Farmaki The Role of Women in the Old Greek Cinema (1949-1967): The Impact of Americanization 2006
Hazel Basford Kent Voluntary Aid Detachments in the First World War 2005
David Blanchard The Annihilation of the British IX Corps on the Aisne 27th May 1918 2005
Peter Donaldson The Construction of Memory: The Memorialisation of the Great War in Folkestone, Canterbury and Dover 2005
Mary Kneif Directed To The Mines: The Bevin Boys, 1943 to 1948 2005
Emily Payne The Private Made Brutality Public: Sex, Veneral Disease, and the State, 1914-1918 2005
Rory Semple Dover's Bunker Mentality: Dover, its people and its tunnelsin two world wars 2005
David Willcox Propaganda, The British Press and Contemporary War: A Comparative Study of the Gulf War 1990-1991 and Kosova Conflict 1999 2005

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