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International War Studies

The MA in International War Studies is a two-year, dual programme offered by UCD School of History and the University of Potsdam whereby students will spend the first year of the course at the University of Potsdam and their second year at UCD. This programme builds on long-standing research collaboration between the two universities.

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Duration

2 years full-time

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Robert Gerwarth
Contact Number:+353 (0)1 716 8371

Subjects taught

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.

Application date

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

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.

The following entry routes are available:

MA International War Studies FT (Z258)
Attendance: Full Time
Deadline: Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September

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