Taught course

Peace and Conflict Studies with Early Years (Applied)

Ulster University · School of Communication

Entry requirements

Normally a first degree with a 2:2 classification or higher for entry to the MSc though applications can also be considered from students without such a degree who have extensive practical experience in relevant areas.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a linked Postgraduate Diploma/MSc that is offered in both full-time and part-time mode. It is offered in collaboration with Early Years, which is the largest organisation in Northern Ireland for young children. Only the first semester of this programme will involve classroom based teaching. Semester two is offered fully online.

This master's programme will build upon participants' understanding of the origins, context and changing nature of conflict by providing a particular focus on child development issues and the impact of conflict on young children, their families and communities. It will also highlight a range of successful early childhood peacebuilding interventions and provide participants with the knowledge and skills to adopt a child right based approach to programme and policy development. It also aims to develop leadership and capacity in participants in order to advocate for children’s rights and promote peace and social justice through programs working for young children.

Information for international students

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months
part time
18 months


part time
36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr. Stephen Ryan
+44 (0)28 7167 5246