Military Science
Welcome to Stellenbosch University

Department of Military History

At the South African Military Academy, the subject Military History involves a focus and study of African historiography, African Military History, Conflict during the Cold War, and Conflict in the Post Cold War era.  All modules have a specific focus on the African region.


At the undergraduate level the following modules are presented: [ All entry and exit qualifications are governed by the rules and conditions set out in the Faculty of Military Science Calendar Part 13]

114 – General Military History to 1914

144 – The Military History of Africa to 1945

214 – South African Military History to the 21st Century

244 – The First and Second World Wars, 1914-1945.

314 – Contemporary Warfare

344 – Low-Intensity Conflict in Africa since 1945


Candidates qualifying and allowed to commence with postgraduate studies have the following modules to choose from.

At the honours level:

741 – Research Methodology (Compulsory)

742 – Philosophy and Historiography (Compulsory)

743 – Theory and Practice of Military History


Optional modules

744 – Military Strategy

745 – Military History of Africa


MMil in Military History:  The options comprise a full thesis or a structured qualification comprising modules and a thesis of 90 credits.


NameSubjectResearch interestQualificationsContact details
The current lecturing staff in the department:

Prof Ian van der Waag

Associate Professor Military




(022) 702 3104


Prof Deon Visser

Associate Professor Military


(022) 702 3102



Mr Fankie Monama


Departmental Chair and lecturer of Military History  (022) 702 3103