Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy - MA

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Why study this course?

Drawing on both academic and practitioner expertise, this master’s course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you'll need to begin a career in the field of conflict transformation and resolution, whether in the public sector or for non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

During the course you’ll examine the theoretical and conceptual issues in the fields of conflict and diplomacy, while gaining skills in analysis and the practice of conflict transformation and resolution techniques. 

More about this course

This Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy MA degree is taught by specialists in politics and international relations, many of whom are internationally recognised for the quality of their work.

This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of the theoretical and conceptual debates about the nature and origin of political conflict. It will equip you with knowledge of the specialist techniques employed by conflict resolution experts to transform and resolve conflicts. It will also act as a stepping stone to doctoral study in peace and conflict resolution, as well as related politics and international relations fields.

To provide this combination of academic and practical knowledge, the expertise of full-time academic staff will be supplemented by that of experienced conflict resolution practitioners from International Alert. This is a leading Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) whose staff have led and participated in conflict resolution exercises around the world.

Assessment

You will be assessed through coursework and a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words. The dissertation forms a key element of your master's degree. It allows you to pursue a topic of your choosing in depth and is to be completed over the summer study period.

Fees and key information

Course type
Postgraduate
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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a minimum of a lower second class (2.2) honours degree in a relevant discipline such as politics, international relations, international development, or social and behavioural sciences (applications are also welcome from those who have experience in conflict resolution or who possess relevant professional qualifications)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

Students can be accepted on the basis of relevant education and experience. Accredited prior learning can also be accepted for modules in a relevant subject.

Modular structure

Example modules include:

  • Applied Conflict Transformation
  • The Practice of Diplomacy
  • International Conflict Resolution
  • Human Security
  • Religion and International Relations
  • International Security
  • International Law and International Order
  • History and Theory of Human Rights
  • Explaining Violence
  • Dissertation: Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy

After the course

This course will provide focused preparation for work in the field of conflict resolution. In addition, the degree will be beneficial for a career in journalism, the diplomatic services or social research.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

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Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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