Taught course

Conflict Resolution Skills

Coventry University · Faculty of Business, Environment and Society

Entry requirements

A good 2nd cclass honours degree, preferably in a relevant subject such as international relations or politics, or equivalent work experience at a senior level in a relevant field. Applicants whose first language is not English must have a minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 600 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution Skills aims to provide participants with a clear understanding of the dynamics of conflict, violence and peace and to enable students to acquire a range of practical and analytical skills related to handling conflict at the interpersonal, inter-communal and international levels.

Please note this course runs from July to December.


Supports people who are interested in making a practical contribution to their society.
Attracts a mix of people who want to become involved in conflict resolution in the UK or internationally, as well as existing practitioners seeking to refresh and refocus their thinking and their activities in the field.
Enables participants to become effectively involved in handling conflicts at the inter-personal, community, national and/or international levels.
You will develop the ability to work with others to sustain a long-term approach to changing the relationships which give rise to destructive conflict and learn how to evaluate and assess the impacts of such interventions.


The course attracts a dynamic and diverse group of people from the UK, Europe, and other countries around the world. The learning environment is rich and interactive. Participants engage in a lively programme of skills training combined with academic study, and also learn from each others? life experiences. We explore such concepts as conflict, peace, violence, justice, reconciliation, nonviolence and peace-building. Emphasis in the course is on putting theory into practice.

Skills training includes: mediation, negotiation, conflict analysis, and approaches to the effective, nonviolent intervention in conflict. The skills are practical for daily life while also applicable to work in a range of settings. The course is designed to help participants develop practical skills in conflict resolution while also providing an introduction to some of the key themes in the Peace Studies field. The course is taught by experienced staff at CPRS, a leading international centre for the study of peace and conflict.


The course is offered as a blend of online and classroom-based learning and runs from 15 July to 31 December 2013. At the heart of the programme is a two-week residential summer school (4 to 16 August 2013) based at Coventry University, which attracts people from around the world and is highly interactive, with an emphasis on putting knowledge and skills into practice. After the residential course, students will be required to complete written assignments with tutorial support provided through distance learning. Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution Skills can then transfer on to the MA in Peace and Reconciliation Studies and complete it by distance learning.

Information for international students

Please contact our International/EU Office:
Telephone: +44(0)24 7615 2152

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
6 months

Course contact details

UK - Recruitment and Admissions Office
+44(0)24 7765 4321
+ 44 (0)24 7688 8609