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UK 2.1 Bachelor degree, or equivalent. The degree should be in the field of social sciences, but we will actively consider significant relevant experience in lieu of this requirement.
Two satisfactory academic references.
In cases of applicants who have significant relevant experience, one work-related reference and one academic reference would be considered appropriate.
Months of entry
With conflicts becoming either increasingly drawn-out, asymmetric wars of attrition or normalise into states of no peace – no war, our understanding of conflict and conflict intervention is shifting. Conflicts are rarely determined by military victory, diplomacy or long-term development, but require securing populations through a comprehensive approach that sees to their political, and economic, as well as their security-related needs. Their outcome will be determined by how well the different arms of government and civil society, both locally and internationally, can work together and how well they understand each others' perspectives.
This interdisciplinary and custom designed MSc offers the unique opportunity to look at conflict, conflict intervention and post-conflict reconstruction through the lenses of defence, development and diplomacy.
The MSc is designed for graduates with a career in government, the armed forces, inter-governmental organisations, NGOs or academia in mind, and for practitioners looking to enhance their practical skills while placing these within a broader theoretical perspective.
Five core modules worth 75 credits plus a Dissertation worth 60 credits plus three optional modules to the value of 45 credits.
- Defence, Development and Diplomacy in Conflict: Evolving Actors, Factors and Paradigms
- Conflict Prevention and Sustainable Peace
- International Law and Conflict Intervention
- Post-Conflict Reconstruction and State-Building
- Capstone Exercise: Humanitarian Intervention Simulation
Examples of optional modules:
- Transitory Lives: Migration Research and Advocacy
- Conflict Mediation
- Gender, Security, and Post-conflict Reconstruction
- Contemporary Challenges in UN Peacekeeping
- Conflict Analysis
- Urban Violence - Urban Peacebuilding
- Capturing and Counting Peace and Conflict
- Participatory Approaches to Peace and Development
- Conflict Sensitive Programme Management
- Curating Human Remains.
Information for international students
Scholarships available for 2022 entry will be determined in September 2021. Over 60 scholarships are available, each year. Some scholarships are awarded to more than one person. For further information see the course listing.
Fees and funding
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- School of Government & International Affairs