Ph.D. On Campus

War Studies

University of Glasgow

36 months
19350 GBP/year
4407 GBP/year
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The University of Glasgow is home to the Scottish Centre for War Studies. You will be able to participate in regular research seminars on critical themes related to conflict as well as to related conferences.


The War Studies programme is offered by the University of Glasgow.

Our research strengths include:

  • Counter-Insurgency and Revolutionary War
  • Castles, fortifications and medieval warfare
  • Chivalric society and the conduct of war in the eleventh to thirteenth centuries
  • 18th century warfare
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Afghanistan
  • Political culture, kingship and rebellion in the Anglo-Norman and Angevin realms
  • Russian/Soviet military and political history
  • Drug smuggling and Marxist political economy
  • Intelligence and Security studies

Each research student will work under the supervision of two members of staff familiar with the student's field of inquiry.  Prospective students are encouraged to discuss their research ideas with members of staff who are specialists in their fields of interest before applying.  The staff page indicates the research interests and email addresses of scholars in the Scottish Centre for War Studies.

Programme Structure

  • A Doctor of Philosophy may be awarded to a student whose thesis is an original work making a significant contribution to knowledge in, or understanding of, a field of study and normally containing material worthy of publication.
  • Thesis Length:70,000-100,000 words, including references, bibliography and appendices (other than documentary appendices).
  • If undertaking a practice-based doctorate the thesis will consist of a shorter word length, to be negotiated with your supervisor, but not normally under 40,000 words, in addition to a substantive piece, or pieces, of practice.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19350 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 19350 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4407 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4407 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Glasgow

620 - 1012 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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