War and Security Studies

BA (Hons)

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What you'll study

* All modules are subject to availability

Fees and funding

UK/EU: £9,250

Overseas: £13,500

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

Teaching and Assessment

Typical breakdown of teaching time - based on a core of 1,200 hours per year

Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning
YearScheduledPlacementIndependent Study
Y1  17%  0%  83%
Y2  17%  0%  83%
Final  17%  0%  83%
Y1  50%  7%  43%
Y2  63%  0%  37%
Final  42%  0%  58%

About the course

War has famously been described as "the continuation of politics by other means". It is arguably the single most important social activity that humanity has ever undertaken. War has fuelled the development of civilisations, raised and crushed entire societies, and driven our technological and social development. Hull has a long-established reputation in the study of war and security. This reputation, and our approach, is based on a strong relationship between theory and practice. Our staff have considerable – and ongoing – experience of working alongside the military and those in policy circles. Your studies are enhanced by the fact we work with the armed services of the UK and foreign states.

The BA in War and Security Studies focuses on the theory of warfare and its practical application in the real world. Our staff are internationally recognised in their field, and their research underpins the modules you'll study. We have an established programme of internships with public and private organisations, including a challenging three-month placement at Westminster. Here you'll have the opportunity to work with a parliamentarian who shares your interest in security and defence issues, perhaps an actual member of the Defence Committee. Alternatively, you can choose to spend some time studying abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, Hong Kong or North America.

Entry requirements

International students

(language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

This course leads to a variety of careers, such as serving in the armed forces, the intelligence service, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, political consultancy, the media, the Civil Service, political parties, parliamentary positions, as well as charities and international organisations.

Our graduates have gained positions including: Senior Communications Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva); Head of the Asia Programme, Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies; Campaign Executive, BAE Systems; and Statistical Analyst, Defence Analytical Services Agency (Civilian).

We like to keep in touch with our graduates and do so by facilitating the Graduate Association. Members are notified of interesting news and events occurring in the world of politics as well as receiving an annual copy of the Graduate Directory, which is an excellent tool for networking, particularly in the early stages of your career.