Taught course

Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding

Durham University · School of Government and International Affairs

Entry requirements

A 2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc will provide students with advanced knowledge of the complex and specialised areas of peacebuilding, among it conflict analysis, conflict prevention, conflict resolution and conflict transformation, community driven reconstruction, peace processes within the context of contemporary conflicts and in the context of broader international (humanitarian) interventions. Integrated into the MSc structure are opportunities to develop operational and vocational skills for example in negotiations, conflict mediation, conflict sensitive programme design and programme management, or urban peacebuilding. Students are provided with theoretical and empirical knowledge and with practical skills that are helpful for current and future employment opportunities. The courses are thus attractive to both graduates and mid-career practitioners. Whilst the academic and applied focus of the MSc comes through a peace and conflict studies analytic lens, course material will also draw from traditional strategic/security and development studies, enabling cross fertilisation between different perspectives. It allows the exploration of unique and new paradigms and practices in the fields of conflict, peace, security, defence, diplomacy, development and humanitarian intervention.

Information for international students

Please check the English Language requirements for your subject and level of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU £11,550 Non EU £20,790

Please see the fees and funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Government & International Affairs
+44 (0)191 334 5656