Taught course

Peace and Conflict Studies

Institution
The University of Manchester · Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree with a minimum classification of Second Class Honours, or its international equivalent. We will consider graduates from all disciplines as the programme is interdisciplinary. Each application is judged on its own merits. Exceptions to formal entry requirements will be considered if an applicant has relevant professional or work experience, and can demonstrate an aptitude to postgraduate research. Please contact the HCRI for further guidance.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This interdisciplinary MA explores the processes through which actors have attempted to define and build peace in areas affected by violence. Drawing on expertise from the fields of history, politics, anthropology and the arts, this new course will offer students the opportunity to critically address the conceptualization of peace and the implementation of peacebuilding projects by global, regional, national and local actors.

Course aims
Students will be able to show a critical understanding of:

1. Key issues and debates related to the theories of peace and practices of peacebuilding. Students will show familiarity with different theoretical approaches, practical problems and an appreciation of the diversity of policies at international, regional, national and sub-national levels.

2. The range of social science topics which influence peacebuilding (including political, historical, anthropological understandings of peace and related programming). Students will become familiar with the methodological and normative underpinnings of these disciplines and their concomitant effect on peacebuilding

3. The analytical and policy literature concerning the related issues of peacebuilding, including international governance structures, the concept of statebuilding, foreign policy analysis and the role of key actors and institutions including the state, multilateral and bilateral agencies, international and domestic NGOs as well as the military and other security actors.

4. An understanding of local approaches to peacebuilding, including an awareness of the problems and critiques associated with `bottom up' approaches.

5. The development of a range of academic and professional/transferrable skills through both independent and group-based work

6. A detailed understanding of a specific conceptual and/or policy-related area of peacebuilding along with implications and limitations of research findings on this subject, and of how to produce an original piece of academic research. Delivered via the dissertation module.

7. A detailed understanding of a specific conceptual and/or policy-related area of peacebuilding along with implications and limitations of research findings on this subject, and of how to produce an original piece of academic research. Delivered via the dissertation module.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to obtain: Overall IELTS score of 7.0 to include a writing score of 7.0, or 620 in the TOEFL written test or 260 in the computerised TOEFL (including 5 in TWE) or 103 in the internet-based TOEFL.

Fees and funding

Visit the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute website for information on available scholarships and bursaries

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute
Email
hcri@manchester.ac.uk
Phone
+ 44 (0)161 275 0464