Global Military Veteran and Family Studies MSc

Postgraduate (3 years part-time, distance learning)

Distance learning

September 2018, January

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip


We're the first university in the UK to offer a fully globalised course, developed in collaboration with institutions in India, Australia and the United States. Our unique distance learning MSc course can be accessed worldwide and takes a global perspective of civilian and military veteran and family well-being.

Full description


Our postgraduate course will equip you to make an impact on knowledge, policy, research and education in veteran wellbeing around the globe that will benefit provision for veterans and their families. Graduates will be well placed to assume positions with global institutions such as the UN, WHO, Academia, NHS and civilian and military led government and non-government organisations.

On graduation at PG Cert level you will find you have new perceptions of the services you take responsibility for, allowing you to think differently about both your client group and your choice of helping strategies. You’ll gain increased ability to focus on the specialist experience of the client group and to adjust services where necessary.

When you complete the PG Diploma, you will also be able to focus on developing strategies that guide choices about services to make sure resources are used effectively. You'll be well-placed to advise senior managers and present arguments that persuade colleagues and sponsors to provide services for veteran clients that optimise the most effective outcomes. Offering this specialist resource will open doors to your career progression. 

At Masters Level you will contribute to the extension of knowledge in the area of veteran mental health and undertake research that will have benefits for services and client outcomes. Career paths may be either towards service management or as a specialist practitioner or researcher.

Modules & assessment

Core modules, PG Certificate stage

  • Military Life and Experience of the Global Veteran
    The module introduces the concept of a global veteran as current and ex-military personnel, peacekeepers, contractors, NGO’s, freedom fighters, civilians caught in conflict zones, refugees and members of the media from a worldwide perspective. The module reflects all military campaigns, but places particular emphasis upon the experiences of allied and non-allied military and civilian veterans from the insurgency conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan and the current global war on terror. All of the above are considered within the framework of combined and broadening civilian and military roles as peace makers and humanitarians and within the current NATO strategy of soft diplomacy, capacity building, human security and health engagement.
  • Transition and Assimilation of the Global Veteran
    This module incorporates recent advances in our understanding of the process and role of assimilation on the global veteran’s transition from conflict zone to civilian living. The module considers evidenced based supportive and intervention strategies from government and non-government organisations around the world including India, Australia and United States. Health engagement and well-being of the global veteran and related issues are presented as being significantly decreased through a better understanding of impact variables such as gender, age, pre-morbid history, intensity of trauma, social networks and the re-purposing of work based skills.

Core modules, PG Diploma stage

  • Military and Veteran Global Health and Welfare
    The module has a strong emphasis on the subsequent social, psychological and physical experiences of the global veteran including psychological problems such as anger, depression, alcohol and substance use and traumatic stress reactions; physical problems such as skeletal and mobility problems, sensory impairment and partial or multiple amputation and social problems such as family and relationship problems and difficulties with employment, housing and the clinical justice system. In particular, significant consideration will be given to a range of explanatory global models for the aetiology of trauma, as well as reviewing the nature of the contemporary evidence base for PTSD.
  • Veteran Global Health as a Human security Issue
    The module seeks to examine the causes, classification of mental health disorders in order to better understand ongoing NATO strategy of global veteran health and well-being both as a tool of war and as a vehicle for global capacity building and engagement amongst strategic NATO partner countries and non NATO member countries. Thereby increasing regional stability and subsequent human security. In addition, the module focus on the strengths and weaknesses of classifying mental health disorders (e.g. International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), produced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) produced by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Core modules, MSc stage

  • Research Methods
    This module provides the basis for work on the MSc global dissertation project with the intention of developing thinking with regard to evidence-informed social care practices and the impact of policy at micro and macro-levels through global research. The module provides a clear understanding of research purposes and methods. You will be in a strong position to design, carry out and evaluate small and large scale research projects in more traditional research environments with a view to publication in peer review journals and in low resource settings as a means to inform the rapid scale up of resources and services in conflict and humanitarian situations.
  • Masters Dissertation - Military Vet
    The Dissertation is central to the Masters award and enables you to demonstrate your ability to synthesise learning from previous modules. You will use this learning as the basis for planning, conducting and writing up a research or work-based project. This is the opportunity for you to demonstrate the ability to raise significant and meaningful questions in relation to your chosen topic and a critical understanding of research methods and their relationship to knowledge.

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.


The methods of assessment are dependent on strategies within individual modules with an emphasis upon promoting work-based skills through graded essays and a presentation. The Masters level major project will be assessed through the submission of a 10,000 word dissertation on a related topic of your choice.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

Where can I study?

Distance learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our Virtual Learning Environment.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Distance learning, 2017/18


How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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