Swansea University: War & Society


The scope and scale of the BA (Hons) War and Society degree is unique. The structure of the degree has been designed to offer a broad base of knowledge, across the disciplines of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in Year One and then in Year Two and Three to open into a wealth of module choices to allow for more focus and specialisation in a particular academic direction or historical period. An important feature of the degree is the opportunity to undertake a dissertation under the supervision of a specialist area of specific interest. 

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement.

For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. Candidates studying for American qualifications should have a minimum of 550 in each part of the SAT reasoning and subject tests (or 1650 overall). We require a minimum IELT score of 6.0.

Have a look at our Country pages for International qualifications.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.  

Student Quotes

“I particularly enjoyed the wide variety of modules on offer for BA War and Society course, spanning the whole of history from ancient warfare right up to modern day warfare. The small number of people within the course itself allowed us to form a much more personal relationship with fellow students as well as with course tutors and the course director. The course also gave me the opportunity to undertake a one month internship programme in Oklahoma, with fellow students.”

- Adam Barnes, BA War and Society

“War and Society is a very challenging yet rewarding course. I have gained knowledge in History, Politics, Classics and American Studies. My time at Swansea has been brilliant; the University is very welcoming and staff are always on hand to help.”

- Rebecca Thomas BA War and Society


The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

The Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict, Power and Empire is one of two flagship Research Centres of the College of Arts and Humanities. The Callaghan Centre regroups a large number of scholars and postgraduate students with research expertise in the areas of conflict, power and empire. The Callaghan Centre produces world-class research, manages major Research Council funded projects, and promotes collaboration between scholars, policy-makers and cultural providers.

Employability and Careers

92.9 per cent * of War and Society Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in War and Society will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, government, research and events management, working for organisations such as:

  • Westminster Forum Projects
  • Labour Party
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA International Journalism
  • MA International Relations
  • MA War and Society
  • MA History

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of War and Society. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

BA War and Society (3 year)