Entry requirements

2:1 in any discipline with a considered interest in the area covered by the MSc

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is dedicated to the analysis of violent conflict and its management or resolution. The programme's interests range from the interaction of high level international, domestic and local politics, to the cultural and political economy factors in violent conflict. We are pedagogical and methodological pluralists who are interested in explaining the causes, dynamics and outcomes of conflict and developing new perspectives on the institutional and non-institutional means by which conflicts can be better managed.

Conflict Studies has at its core some fundamental questions about what causes violent conflict? Why does it happen when it does and where it does? How can a conflict be characterised and understood? What can be done to manage or resolve a conflict? What is the role of international politics, or civil society? We aim to address the major questions that are pivotal to the comparative study of politics. The involvement of leading experts in the field at LSE provides students with insights and critical thinking on the latest theoretical developments, research, and policy best practices.

We aim to provide a multi-disciplinary perspective on the study of conflict which will be a valued learning experience for those who wish to develop careers in the policy world in governments and public service, international organisations, security agencies, the media, NGOs, finance, as well as providing an excellent foundation for those students who wish to progress to a PhD programme. While many students who have taken our courses have gone on to successful careers in these fields, many have also come to us from such careers and with experience of work in major conflict zones, and have found their perspectives and skills enhanced by the in depth learning experience at LSE. Our goal is less to teach you how to think about conflict normatively, though this is an element in some courses, but more how to develop your skills to research and analyze conflict. The programme offers an array of extracurricular activities each academic year, including guest speakers, public lectures, colloquia and workshops, and film screenings.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 overall

Fees and funding

UK students

Graduate Support Scheme

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
0207 955 6613