International War Studies
The Dual MA in International War Studies will be offered by University College Dublin and the University of Potsdam, where the only Chair of Military History in Germany is based. Students will spend one academic year in each institution. The MA will enable students to experience two different academic structures (in Germany and Ireland), taking advantage of the rich cultural offerings and research facilities in Dublin, Potsdam and nearby Berlin.
The programme will be fully taught in English, however students are encouraged to learn an additional language to strengthen their international profile. It will enable students to acquire a comprehensive and advanced knowledge of the main areas of the history of war in the twentieth century. All modules will be delivered by leading experts in the field, ensuring research led teaching throughout the course.
This programme enables students to:
Acquire a comprehensive and advanced knowledge of the main areas of the history of war in the twentieth century
Recognise and appreciate the many ways in which the history of war has been written and analysed. Identify appropriate and authentic sources for the history of war
Demonstrate an advanced understanding of basic analytical techniques and theoretical issues in the field of war studies
Abstract and analyse information from a range of sources, including lectures, seminars, archival and library holdings, the internet and fieldwork, identifying those ideas or findings which are most significant for their research
Learn to self evaluate and take responsibility for continuing academic and or professional development
Experience two different academic cultures (in Germany and Ireland, taking advantage of the rich cultural offerings in Dublin, Potsdam and nearby Berlin.
Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
Applicants need an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Students will have a minimum qualification of 2.1 in a relevant subject or an equivalent UCD GPA of 3.08. For non-English speakers evidence of language proficiency is required, for example IELTS of 6.5 overall or equivalent in TOEFL with no band lower than 6.0. Students who achieve an IELTS of 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5 will need to attend a pre-sessional language course. Students will be selected by a joint board composed by senior academics from UCD and Potsdam.
Applicants need an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Students will have a minimum qualification of 2.1 in a relevant subject or an equivalent UCD GPA of 3.08.
For non-English speakers evidence of language proficiency is required, for example IELTS of 6.5 overall or equivalent in TOEFL with no band lower than 6.0. Students who achieve an IELTS of 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5 will need to attend a pre-sessional language course. Students will be selected by a joint board composed by senior academics from UCD and Potsdam.
Students will take a number of core modules offered by the University of Potsdam and UCD. A variety of assessment experiences allows students to develop their critical thinking and analytical skills. Over the course of the programme they will experience formative assessment through essays, presentations and work-based projects. Students will have an opportunity to engage in a work placement, providing them with practical experience outside the academic world. Students will also have the chance to pursue their own research interests by undertaking an end of year dissertation under the supervision of a staff mentor.
The MA in International War Studies is a 120-credit programme. It has a modular structure based on year one at the University of Potsdam and year two at University College Dublin. Compulsory modules in year one will include: Introduction: War and Conflict Studies (10 credits), Military and Society in the Age of Total Wars (15 credits) and an internship in the summer term (15 credits). Compulsory modules in year two will include: The First World War (10 credits), Political Violence in Twentieth-century Europe (10 credits) and the programme will culminate in presentation to a research seminar (10 credits) and a dissertation worth 30 credits.
Stage 1 - Core
War Studies 1 (Potsdam)HIS42420
War Studies 2 (Potsdam)HIS42430
Dissertation (War Studies)
Stage 1 - Option
Origins of Modern Diplomacy HIS41780
Political violence 20c Europe HIS42050
Global Revolutions HIS42390
War, Peace, and Globalisation HIS42480
2 years full-time
MA International War Studies (Z258) Full Time
EU Year 1 - € 3657.5 fc
EU Year 2 - € 3527.5 aa
nonEU Year 1 - € 9950 fd
nonEU Year 2 - € 9600 aa
aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2020 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2019/20
***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.
Fees are payable in installments.
At the University of Potsdam, an administrative fee of around €250 will be charged for each semester.
Next Intake: 2020/2021 September