The University of Wolverhampton

MAin History of Britain and the First World War

Why choose this course?


The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War has seen interest in the Great War reach unprecedented heights, and the University of Wolverhampton is very pleased to announce a new Part Time Masters programme exploring the History of Britain and the First World War.

This is an exciting new programme delivered by a truly world-class team of scholars. Led by Professor Gary Sheffield, it includes Professor Stephen Badsey and Dr Spencer Jones, Professor Peter Simkins, Dr John Bourne, Professor John Buckley and Dr Laura Ugolini. This is the strongest cluster of scholars specialising in the military history of the First World War to be found in any conventional UK university, and the team will be supported by a number of prestigious guest speakers. A particular strength of the programme is the quality of the teaching. You can watch lectures on aspects of the First World War given by some of the team here: Aspects of the history of the First World War

University of Wolverhampton's cluster of First World War historians have excellent links within the wider historical community at home and overseas. Links with the military are very strong.

For further information, please contact Professor Gary Sheffield, or

What happens on the course?

Learning and teaching takes place through a mixture of lectures, seminars, and student presentations. You are only required to be physically present in Wolverhampton for Saturday Schools. These are held once a month during per term-time; there are a total of nine Saturday Schools in Year 1, and seven in Year 2. You will also complete a dissertation, a piece of original research chosen in consultation with the Programme Leader, which will individually supervised by a specialist tutor in your subject area. Assessment is carried out through a series of essays: there are no examinations.

September start

Year 1

Semester 1

7WR011 Major Debates in the Historiography of the First World War: Historical Methods

Semester 2

7WR012 The British Empire at War

Semester 3

7WR013 The Western Front: Core Concepts and Controversies

Year 2

Semester 1

7WR014 The Western Front: The Evolution of the British Expeditionary Force

7WR017 Dissertation: Research and Writing (12 months in length)

Semester 2

7WR015 Total War: The British Experience 1914-18

Semester 3

7WR016 Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation

Why Wolverhampton?

University of Wolverhampton's cluster of First World War historians have excellent links within the wider historical community at home and overseas. Links with the military are very strong. The emphasis of the programme is on the military and political history of Britain and the British Empire in the 1914-18 war.

Members of the team:

Professor Gary Sheffield is one of the UK’s highest profile scholars of the First World War. He has published extensively in the field, including Forgotten Victory: The First World War – Myths and Realities (2001), and The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army (2011). Sheffield regularly appears on television and radio, writes in the national press. He is President of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides and a Vice-President of the Western Front Association and is advising the government and the Army on their respective commemorative programmes.

Professor Stephen Badsey is one of the world's leading military historians of the First World War, and is a particular authority on propaganda in 1914-18. His publications include Doctrine and Reform in the British Cavalry 1880-1918 (2008) and The British Army in Battle and Its Image 1914-18 (2009). He has made over 50 media appearances, and acted as a consultant to numerous TV programmes.

Professor Peter Simkins MBE is an extremely well-respected historian with an international reputation for excellence. Formerly Senior Historian at the Imperial War Museum, he is President of the Western Front Association. His publications include the seminal Kitchener's Army: The Raising of the New Armies 1914-16 (1988) and The Somme and Beyond: The BEF on the Western Front, 1916-18 (forthcoming in 2014).

Dr Spencer Jones is one of the leading scholars of the emerging generation of British military historians. His books include From Boer War to World War: Tactical Reform of the British Army, 1902-14 (2012) and, as editor and contributor, Stemming the Tide: Officers and Leadership in the British Expeditionary Force, 1914 (2013). In 2013 he was appointed to the prestigious position of Historian of the Royal Regiment of Artillery.

Career path

Successful completion of this course will enhance your career prospects. It will be particularly relevant to researchers, journalists, political and central government professionals, civil servants, military professionals, conflict resolution and NGO workers, charity and campaign workers. Attainment of the MA degree could also lead to doctoral research.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate extensive knowledge and detailed understanding of the history of Britain in the First World War.
  • Demonstrate the ability to negotiate, design and undertake independent research based on primary sources
  • Exercise critical, evaluative and analytical skills in relation to historiographical debates and sources
  • Communicate effectively at an appropriate level for a Masters programme

Entry requirements

A 2:1 in a relevant degree is desirable, but applicants with other qualifications and non-graduates will be considered on individual merits.

You should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent).

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Part time £3,725

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England was introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit:

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites, or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (// If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (// for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


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