Taught course

Peace and Conflict Studies

Coventry University · Faculty of Business, Environment and Society

Entry requirements

To be considered for the MA Peace and Conflict Studies programme you must normally hold a good 2nd class Honours degree. Exceptions to this will be considered on an individual basis. 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 MA in Peace and Conflict Studies enables students to develop the knowledge and skill base necessary to understand the links between the different levels of destructive conflict in the world. You will study the theory and practice of peacemaking and peacebuilding at the various levels, and evaluate alternative modes of action and intervention in the attempt to transform violent and destructive conflict along nonviolent and constructive channels.

Why choose this course

  • You are offered a comprehensive approach to Peace Studies;
  • You will join a vibrant international community;
  • You will study in an open, supportive and interactive environment;
  • You will benefit from flexible modes of delivery and learning.

What will I learn?

Students are required to take four double modules and two single modules before proceeding to the preparation of a dissertation.

Three of the double modules are mandatory. They deal with the central concerns of the course.

  • Key Issues in Peace and Reconciliation Studies: focuses on the central concepts and theoretical approaches that inform the study of peace and reconciliation,
  • Theory and Practice of Conflict Transformation: focuses on how violent or damaging conflicts at the inter-personal and inter-group levels can be transformed into constructive processes of personal and social change,
  • Comparative Peace Processes: focuses on protracted social and regional conflicts within a comparative framework, enabling the student to examine the relationship between types of conflict, forms of peace settlement, and the main dilemmas of promoting reconciliation during the ‘post-peace settlement’ phase in societies and regions emerging out of destructive conflict,
  • Project Management for Peace and Development Agencies.

We also offer an optional double module:

  • Religion, Peace and Conflict focuses on the relationship between change at the individual ‘micro’ level and the 'macro' level of structural transformation, aiming in particular to enable students to evaluate different ways of envisaging the creation of a world without war based on the primacy of ‘inner’ change.

Instead of the latter, students may choose the following:

  • Gender and International Human Rights.

Information for international students

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

Fees and funding

Ferguson Trust Scholarships are made available through the generosity of The Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust. They support people from low-income, conflict-affected regions who want to improve their knowledge of peace and reconciliation.

Visit our website for further details, deadline is normally in April

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
distance learning
24-30 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (12000 words)

Course contact details

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