- History MA (Hons): University of Edinburgh (1985-9)
- History PhD: University of Glasgow (1997-2000)
- Visiting Professor of Military History at the University of Hull (2007-8), teaching undergraduate modules on ‘Massacres and Maharajas: India in the 1850s’ and ‘Generals and Generalship: 1642-1945’.
- Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham and Course Director of Buckingham’s new London-based MPhil in Military History (see below), 2009-
MA in Military History by Research: The Art of War from Marlborough to Montgomery, 1701-1945
With military history one of the fastest-growing areas of academic study, the University of Buckingham introduced a one-year Master’s (MA) in Military History, by research, in 2009. This is a groundbreaking programme: the first one-year Research Masters in Military History, and the first with an integral course of seminars by visiting lecturers of international repute. The programme was enthusiastically reviewed by The Financial Times, which noted that ‘Intellectually curious professionals are signing up for a new course that gives them the opportunity to exchange thoughts on security, diplomacy and the armed forces over dinner with stellar historians and military top brass’.
The programme is London-based and directed by one of the country’s finest military historians, Professor Saul David. The lectures offered by the Course Director will be supplemented by a series of ten guest seminars by some of the most eminent scholars and authors in the field, including Professors N.A.M. Rodger, Hew Strachan, Richard Overy and Gary Sheffield, Antony Beevor and Sir Max Hastings, and General Sir Mike Jackson.
This year’s programme (see below) runs from October 2016 to September 2017, with thirteen research seminars – three on research techniques and ten by guest lecturers.
The MA does not offer systematic instruction in the facts of history; instead, the emphasis is on independent research.
At the heart of the Buckingham MA is the close working relationship between student and supervisor. While the final thesis must be an independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final text (which should be not less than 20,000 words). Supervisors and students will meet frequently throughout the year, and not less than twice a term; and the supervisor shall always be the student’s primary contact for academic advice and support.
This is a London-based course. The seminars will be held at The Caledonian Club in Belgravia (9 Halkin St, London, SW1X 7DR). The nearest London Underground Stations is Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line).
Each seminar (approximately 90 minutes, 18:30-20:00) is followed by a post-seminar dinner, also at the Caldedonia Club, for those who wish to attend, where there will be an opportunity to continue the seminar discussion in an informal environment. Attendance at these dinners is entirely at the choice of the student, and their cost is not covered by the tuition fee.
For those who wish to attend the evening research seminar programme, but are unable to devote the time to the course-work or to register for the MA degree, there is the option of becoming an Associate Student. This status will enable the student to attend the ten research seminars and to meet the guest lecturers, in the first six months of the programme, but does not require the submission of written work. Associate Students are not registered for, and do not receive, the MA degree.
2016-17 Introductory classes
The introductory classes are for students taking the full MA. If any Associate Students would like to attend, could they let Professor David know in advance. Location: University of Buckingham in London, 51 Gower Street, Fitzrovia, London WC1E 6HJ.
- Monday 3 October 2016, 19:00-20:00: Professor Saul David (University of Buckingham), “Military History: Research Techniques 1”.
- Tuesday 4 October 2016, 19:00-20:00: Professor Saul David (University of Buckingham), “Military History: Research Techniques 2”.
- Wednesday 5 October 2015, 19:00-20:00: Professor Gary Sheffield (University of Wolverhampton), “Military History: Research Techniques 3”.
2016-17 Guest Seminars and Dinners
All students are invited to attend the guest seminars and dinners that follow. Location: The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin St, London, SW1X 7DR.
- Monday 17 October 2016, 18:30-20:00: Professor Saul David (University of Buckingham), “The Duke of Marlborough: Britain’s Greatest General?”. Followed by dinner at 20:15.
- Monday 31 October 2016, 18:30-20:00: Dr Matthias Strohn (University of Buckingham), “German War Strategy: from the Franco-Prussian War to the Schlieffen Plan”. Followed by dinner at 20:15.
- Monday 14 November 2016, 18:30-20:00: Dr Andy Boyd (Senior Research Fellow, Humanities Research Institute, University of Buckingham), “The Royal Navy in the Indian Ocean, 1942”. Followed by dinner at 20:15.
- Monday 28 November 2016, 18:30-20:00: Professor N.A.M. Rodger (All Souls’ College, Oxford), “The Early Ironclads: 1865-1885”. Followed by dinner at 20:15.
- Monday 12 December 2016, 18:30-20:00: Professor Sir Hew Strachan (University of St Andrews), “The Redefinition of Battle: Verdun and the Somme, 1916”. Followed by dinner at 20:15.
- Monday 16 January 2017, 18:30-20:00: Professor Gary Sheffield (University of Wolverhampton), “The British Style of Generalship from Marlborough to Montgomery”. Followed by dinner at 20:15.
- Monday 30 January 2017, 18:30-20:00: General Sir Mike Jackson, “The New Cold War: A Russian Perspective”. Followed by dinner at 20:15.
- Monday 13 February 2017, 18:30-20:00: Professor Antony Beevor, “Arnhem”. Followed by dinner at 20:15.
- Monday 27 February 2017, 18:30-20:00: Sir Max Hastings, “The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerillas, 1939-1945”. Followed by dinner at 20:15.
- Monday 13 March 2017, 18:30-20:00: Professor Richard Overy (University of Exeter), “Just Wars? Unjust Wars? – The Moral Relativism of World War Two”. Followed by dinner at 20:15.
For more information and to apply for the 2016-17 programme, contact Maria Floyd
Telephone: +44 (0) 1280 827514
Or visit the website: www.buckingham.ac.uk/humanities/ma/militaryhistory