The University of Wolverhampton

MAAir, Space and Cyber Power Studies by Distance Learning TBV

Why choose this course?

This Masters course allows you to explore many of the key elements of Air, Space and Cyber Power through focusing on theoretical approaches, historical case studies, contemporary conflicts, strategic thought and cultural and societal attitudes to air, space and cyber power. You will study these themes in depth under the care of renowned tutors who have a keen interest in and expert knowledge of these fields.

You will undertake six modules across two years of part-time study conducted entirely through on-line distance learning methods. Your studies will culminate in a piece of independent research in the form of a 12,000-15,000-word dissertation on a topic based on one or more of the elements covered in the course. Guidance in this undertaking will come from your appointed dissertation supervisor.

The two core modules Air Power Theory and Practice: c.1900 to 1990 and Air, Space and Cyber Power 1990 to the Present will provide the key elements to understanding, analysing and interpreting the historical, contemporary and future implications and challenges in the employment of air, space and cyber power. Particular emphasis is placed on the central issues of control of the air; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; attack capability and air mobility.

The programme of study will also offer eight 12-week option modules from which students choose four. The option modules will provide a range of options across international relations and politics, military history, and strategic studies. The scope of the content will cover elements of regional conflicts, international law, the ethics of war and conflict, cultural aspects of war, low-intensity operations, humanitarian intervention, coalition and multi-national warfare, inter-service relations and operations, media and propaganda, intelligence, and the economics of warfare.

The programme is intended and structured both for students with an interest in conflict studies, international politics and military history, as well as defence industry professionals and military personnel from national and international backgrounds. This Master’s degree will enhance and underpin the skills of those already in defence and air power related professions but will also develop those skills and outcomes generally associated with study at postgraduate level.

What happens on the course?

September start: PART TIME (2.5 years) Part-time students will start in September and can take a core module in Semester 1 and two options chosen from the available list of four each year. After two years, students undertake the dissertation from July to December. Part-time students will normally be expected to complete their degree within two-and -a-half years.

Year 1

Semester 1

Semester 2


Air Power Theory and Practice c.1900-1990



Cyber Power



Justifications for War and Peace



The Strategic Bombing Campaigns 1939-1945



Integrated Air Power: Coalitions, Joint Warfare and Interservice Operations


September start: PART TIME (2.5 years)

Year 2

Semester 1

Semester 2


Air, Space and Cyber Power: 1990-Present



Contemporary Conflicts



Terrorism and Political Violence



Representations of Air Power in Popular Culture and the Media



Creating Air Power: Procurement, Recruitment and Economics


July to December



(Induction & supervisory meetings take place across Year Two)


You will submit your Dissertation in late December to complete your MA degree.

Why Wolverhampton?

The University of Wolverhampton has an internationally recognised reputation for war and conflict studies, politics, and military history, and this course draws on the expertise of established researchers based at the University and beyond. Each module is led by scholars who have published widely on many aspects of contemporary conflicts, war studies, international politics and diplomacy, and peace keeping and conflict resolution, as well as air, space and cyber power.

The University has the longest established undergraduate War Studies programme in the United Kingdom, and has been delivering postgraduate degrees in the history of war, military history, and conflict studies, both on-line and in conventional environments for many years.

Career path

The majority of the students enrolled on this programme will already be in full-time employment in the defence sector. In other cases students’ employability will be enhanced beyond the development of postgraduate skills by engagement with a range of external bodies (RAF Cosford, defence bodies and personnel, external speakers).

What skills will you gain?

Masters Degree

For the award of a Masters degree, having achieved 180 credits - taught & independent study - at Level 7, you will be able to:

LO1 Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

LO2 Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.

LO3 Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

LO4 Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship and ability to continue to advance your knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

LO5 Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of your academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice with a conceptual understanding that enables the student:

  • to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline
  • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

LO6 Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Entry requirements

  • A Bachelor of Arts Honours degree (2.1 or above) in a Social Sciences / Humanities subject from a UK University or overseas equivalent or:
  • A professional qualification and/or experience considered to be equivalent.
  • You should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent).

Course fees and finance

Fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact us for further information.

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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