The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Politics and War Studies

Why choose this course?

This course equips students with a detailed knowledge of forms of war and conflict and how politics and political negotiation attempt to render violent conflict unnecessary. It provides graduates with the generic skills of critical inquiry, the ability to undertake close textual analysis and the ability to demonstrate knowledge and present coherent arguments in a number of forms. As well as specific subject knowledge, graduates will develop a wide range of transferable skills including technological proficiency as reflected in the subject and university commitment to blended learning.

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What happens on the course?

Year 1 focuses on British politics and the introduction of different theories and methodologies applicable to further studies in Politics and students are introduced to the main theories and debates that underpin the discipline of War Studies.

Year 2 allows student to focus on international politics, political ideologies and the connection between politics and conflict in relation to the Cold War and aspects of counterinsurgency. Students can examine issues such as the use of war gaming for military and recreational purposes; the causes and threat of terrorism and examine the battle for Normandy (including a week-long fieldtrip).

Year 3 provides students with the opportunity to select from a variety of modules including, in-depths studies of particular conflicts and how it is possible to move from overt conflict to `low level’ conflict and democratic negotiation in Northern Ireland and the prospects for a similar evolution in the Middle East, wider issues related to conflict resolution; propaganda; Germany 1929-1949; the barbarisation of warfare; and the American civil war.

Why Wolverhampton?

The War Studies and Politics team are research- active with specialisms in the areas of conflict resolution, military strategy and tactics and terrorism.

An innovative, evolving and well-resourced course, which combines the breadth of the Politics curriculum with the expertise gained from the longest running undergraduate War Studies degree programme in the UK

This degree is located in the School of Law, Social Science and Communications which has a well-established tradition of student support in terms of academic counselling and skills development including `one-to-one’ student skills support.

What our students think

A recent Politics graduate stated that …`the contribution of Wolverhampton University’s lecturers to my personal development is undeniable and cannot be quantified. The support of the academic staff in terms of both time and effort, was fantastic.’

Career path

Many Students in War Studies and Politics go on to post-graduate study including on the MA Conflict Studies at Wolverhampton. Other frequent career paths include local government employment, serving in the armed forces, teaching, administration and management posts

What skills will you gain?

At the completion of the course the student will

  • Be able to identify and critically compare concepts and methodologies used in Politics
  • Be familiar with the major ideological traditions in Politics
  • Be aware of the different conceptualisations of citizenship within the global community
  • Have an awareness and understanding of the strategic, ethical and philosophical theories underpinning War Studies;
  • Have an understanding of the varieties of approaches to analysing the concept of war and war’s implications

Be able to apply his/ her critical and analytic skills in an enterprising manner.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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