Military History (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #301 (WUR) ,
Our modules reflect the range of our research interests, from war and culture to the evolution of tank warfare. At the University of Kent, we believe military history should form the main thrust of our Military History (Hons) programme, an area often sidelined by similar courses. In addition to War Studies modules, the diverse pool of History modules remains accessible to our students.


What makes countries, ethnic groups or individuals go to war? How has warfare changed with the introduction of new technology? How has propaganda been used? Can we learn anything from history? The University of Kent is in a unique geographic position to study war and its effects. Canterbury and Kent have been ‘Front-Line Britain’ in British military history, and contain significant military sites, ranging from Roman forts to Cold War nuclear bunkers. We have easy access to the continent, particularly the battlefields of the First and Second World Wars.

The School of History at the University of Kent is recognised as one of the leading history departments in the country. The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) placed the School 8th nationally for Research Intensity, and our students work alongside lecturers and tutors who are not just excellent teachers, but world-class researchers actively working at the forefront of their chosen field.

All our programmes are incredibly flexible, allowing students to tailor their degree around their interests. We offer a range of undergraduate degrees, as well as joint honours options in over 20 subjects.

Independent rankings

History at Kent was ranked 19th in The Guardian University Guide 2017. In the National Student Survey 2016, 94% of our History students were satisfied with the overall quality of their course. 

History at Kent was ranked 14th for graduate prospects in The Times Good University Guide 2017. Of History students who graduated in 2015, 92% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).


As students of a historic discipline, our graduates develop excellent skills of analysis, frequently assessing multiple and often conflicting sources before condensing opinions into concise, well-structured prose. Graduates are able to demonstrate self-motivation and the ability to work independently, demonstrating to potential employers that you respond positively to various challenges and that you can work to tight schedules and manage heavy workloads.

Many find employment in the armed services, journalism and the media, management and administration, local and national civil services, the museums and heritage sector, defence analysis, commerce and banking, teaching and research, and the law.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    180 ECTS Total Kent credits: 360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Stage 1

Possible modules may include:

  • Introduction to Military History (Part1)
  • Introduction to Military History (Part 2)
  • Cinema and Society, 1930 - 1960
  • Early Medieval Europe
  • Later Medieval Europe
  • Victorian Britain: Politics, Society and Culture
  • Revolutionary Europe 1700-1850
  • The British Army and Society since 1660

You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage

Stage 2

Possible modules may include:

  • History Dissertation
  • The British Army and Empire c1750-1920
  • From Crisis to Revolution: France 1774-1799
  • Persecution, Repression and Resistance
  • Anglo-French Relations 1904 - 1945
  • Churchill's Army: the British Army in the Second World War
  • Russia: 1855-1945 Reform, Revolution and War
  • Armies at War 1914-1918

You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage

Stage 3

Possible modules may include:

  • War Studies Dissertation
  • How the West Was Won (or Lost): The American West in the Nineteenth Cen
  • Napoleon and Europe, 1799 - 1815
  • The Great War: British Memory, History and Culture
  • Anglo-French Relations 1904 - 1945
  • Persecution, Repression and Resistance
  • After Stalin: The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union
  • Churchill's Army: the British Army in the Second World War
  • Britain's Home Front
  • Origins of the Second World War
  • From Crisis to Revolution: France 1774-1799
  • Work Experience at the Royal Engineers Museum

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
  • A level: ABB including History excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking
  • Access to HE Diploma: The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma): The university will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) on a case by case basis please contact us via the enquiries tab for further advice on your individual circumstances.
  • International Baccalaureate: 34 points overall or 16 at HL including History 5 at HL or 6 at SL
International students

The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about our country-specific requirements.

Please note that if you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes through Kent International Pathways.

Tuition Fee


Living costs for Canterbury

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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