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Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

This practical course gives you an excellent grounding in conflict issues such as human rights abuses, humanitarian crises, and conflict resolution. Learn how Médecins Sans Frontiéres and the United Nations play a role in international relations with their attempts to provide aid or restore peace, and develop your own conflict resolution skills through simulations and role-play exercises.

Key information

Key information about this course

FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Placement optionYes
Additional accreditationNo
Study LevelUndergraduate
Course LengthFull-time 3 years, Part-time 4 years
UCAS CodeL292
EntrySeptember 2014, January 2015
Attendance typesFull-time, Part-time
Full time cost UK and EU students: £7,640 per year
International students: £10,000 per year
Part time cost UK and EU students: £1,910 per 30 credit module

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Course overview and entry requirements

Course overview

This innovative and exciting course provides an excellent understanding of the nature of violent conflict and attempts to build peace, set against the context of the changing nature of world politics more generally.

You’ll study both theoretical approaches to conflict in the world today and the actions of a variety of international organisations including Médecins Sans Frontières and the United Nations. Such actors have a growing role in efforts to provide aid or restore peace.

The course is practically oriented and you will gain experience and develop conflict resolution skills through simulations and role-play exercises. There also excellent opportunities to interact with and learn from peace workers and other international actors, both in the classroom and beyond.

The course has a wide range of optional modules to enable you to pursue a specific interest, such as a particular region (e.g., the Middle East or Africa), or to study a language. In your final year, we encourage you to undertake a work placement with a relevant organisation to further develop your employability and practical abilities.

Our graduates have won positions with the Department for International Development and other government bodies, the United Nations and their national diplomatic services, regional organisations, and non-governmental organisations.

Added value: An agreement with Hiroshima City University admits three of our students to its Hiroshima and Peace Summer School in Japan each July/August.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • English Language GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent) and
  • at least 240 points, including at least two A levels or a level 3 Advanced Diploma

These requirements may be varied in individual cases.

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or other preparatory courses or who have appropriate work experience.

Accelerated study

It may be possible to enter the course at levels 2/3 if you have a relevant Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent

Course structure and assessment

Course structure

The first year of study introduces you to the key conceptual and historical issues, as a foundation for more focused or specialised study in Years 2 and 3, when you have more freedom to choose areas which interest you.

Year 1 topics include:

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy since 1945
  • Introduction to International Development
  • Politics and Government

Year 2 topics include:

  • Peace and Conflict in Theory and Practice
  • Approaches to International Relations and Foreign Policy
  • Earth Democracy
  • Diplomacy Old and New
  • Shifting Global Power
  • Choice of regional specialisms, including the European Union, the Middle East, and the United States of America

Year 3 topics include:

  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
  • International Security in an Era of Globalisation
  • International Aid and Development
  • Public Diplomacy and Global Communication
  • Choice of specialist areas of study, including African Politics, Chinese and Asian Politics and Development, Human Rights and Social Justice, and Modern British Politics Work Placement or Research Project


You will be assessed through practically-oriented assignments such as reports, presentations, briefing papers, case studies, individual and group research projects, and portfolios comprising blog entries and other forms of reflective writing.

This is in addition to essays and a very small number of examinations.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

Members of the course teaching team have nationally-recognised expertise in developing students’ employability, and the practical dimension of the course will enable graduates of the programme to promote themselves effectively in the competitive job market.

Graduates are offered improved career opportunities in organisations involved in international mediation, conflict resolution, peace building and humanitarian aid, including international organisations, diplomatic services, and government more broadly.

The programme is also excellent preparation for further study or research. High numbers of our graduates have embarked on postgraduate courses in conflict resolution and peace building, international relations, international human rights, and international public policy at prestigious institutions of higher education both in the UK and around the world.

Collaborative and international links

We have an agreement with Hiroshima City University, which admits three of our students on this programme to its Hiroshima and Peace summer school in Japan each July/August.

Other opportunities exist for study abroad in Europe (currently Amsterdam, Paris, Bologna, Madrid, Stockholm, Bordeaux or Istanbul), Japan, or the United States of America. The University also has links with the University of the West Indies.

As part of your studies, you will have opportunities to engage with serving peace workers and other practitioners in peacebuilding.

Applying and entry

How to apply

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

Applicants for September part-time entry should apply direct to the University using the online application.

Non UK and EU applicants for September entry may apply via UCAS, but may also apply directly to the University via the apply online button

Contact Admissions if you need any assistance.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accept applications for full-time courses starting in September one year before the start of the course.

Our UCAS institution code is L68.

Visit UCAS for more details.

Contact details

Tel+44 (0)20 7133 4200

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