Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

War and Security Studies

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: L252

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • British Political History since 1945

  • Introduction to International Relations

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics

  • Introduction to the Politics of the World Economy

  • Introduction to War and Politics

Optional modules

  • Philosophy, History and Ideology

  • Conflict in the Middle East

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Modern Strategy

  • Seapower

  • Airpower

  • Paths of Research

  • International Security and Defence Policy

Optional modules

  • Terrorism, War and Ethics

  • Understanding America

  • Understanding China

  • The Politics and Philosophy of the Environment

  • Ethnic Conflict Resolution

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Long Dissertation

Optional modules

  • European Union Politics and Institutions

  • BRICS: Emerging Powers in International Affairs

  • The US in Vietnam

  • Nuclear Proliferation in the Cold War Era

  • War in the 21st Century

  • Intelligence and National Security

  • Dangerous Minds: Intellectuals and Politics

  • Hate, Violence and Pornography – the Boundaries of Freedom of Expression

  • The Reunified Germany in the New Europe

  • The World We’re in: Globalisation and Democratic Governance in Practice

  • Democracy and Legitimacy in the European Union

  • Being Great

  • Small Wars

  • Contemporary Political Philosophy

  • One-Semester Internship

If you opt for the One-Semester Internship, you'll have access to our exclusive seminar series presented by senior parliamentary officials including Black Rod, the Speaker, the Serjeant-at-Arms, and the Clerk of the House of Commons.

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More about this 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.

Teaching and Learning

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Where you'll study

Hull Campus

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The largest Westminster placement scheme in the UK, with unmatched access to MPs.

Our graduates are so numerous at Westminster and Whitehall, they’ve become known as the 'Hull Mafia'.

You could visit Brussels as part of your degree and see the inner workings of the European Union.

Our expert staff are recognised globally as contributing to the cutting-edge of political research.

Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

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 academic 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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £13,500

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

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.