Military History & Strategic Studies
This course provides an in-depth introduction into the disciplines of military history and strategic studies. It aims to immerse students in the study of conflict from the late 1700s to the present-day, providing them with an overview of the development of modern warfare and also the skills necessary to analyse modern conflicts.
The course is taught through a series of modules including "The evolution of modern warfare, 1789-1918", "Modern Warfare, 1918-present" and "Strategic Studies". These modules provide an introduction to the key concepts, theories and debates in this field. No specialist knowledge is required and this MA course will appeal to anyone interested in history, international relations, security studies and war studies.
The programme has attracted international students and significant links have been forged with military academies in the USA, the UK and the Netherlands.
The normal admission requirement is for at least a Second Class Honours degree in history or other related disciplines within the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences. Candidates may be asked to attend an interview.
Individuals who do not meet the specified criteria may be accepted on a case-by-case basis where they are able to demonstrate equivalent relevant experience. Such candidates may be asked to provide an example of their written work and to attend an interview.
Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.
Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850
Assessment is through a mix of written assignments and in-class presentations. Students also develop a 20,000 word thesis on a subject of their choice. There is much emphasis on independent study.
The programme will be delivered through a variety of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Students must take three 10 x credit core courses (HY675 "Modern Warfare I", HY676 "Modern Warfare II" and HY692 "Strategic & Security Studies"). They also take two 10 x credit modules chosen from a list of electives available that year. (Total 50 Credits).
A total of 40 credits are awarded for thesis preparation (Semester 1, HY668, 10 credits) and thesis completion (HY679, 30 credits).
MHP58: 1 year Full-time
MHP59: 2 years Part-time
In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.
Post Course Info
Graduates from this course have gone on to work in IT, academic administration, third level education, the heritage industry, the Civil Service and also in the defence sector.
Military officers from the Irish Defence Forces, the USA and Germany have attended this course for career advancement purposes.
Many graduates have engaged in further postgraduate research and have enrolled in PhD programmes in Maynooth University and elsewhere.