Taught course

Post-Conflict Justice and Peace Building

University of Aberdeen · School of Social Science

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Entry requirements

Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with at least 2:1 standard from a recognised university or body. In exceptional circumstances, applicants without this qualification may be admitted subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of work experience, appropriate to the field of study.

Months of entry


Course content

In the post-Cold War period, post-conflict justice and peacebuilding have become fundamental to conflict management. This period has witnessed conflict in the Balkans, West Africa, Central Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Today, many additional countries are becoming less stable due to a variety of complex reasons. Building lasting peace in areas of conflict can be challenging and requires supranational organisations such as the UN, the EU and various international non-governmental organizations to work towards sustainable peace.

This degree will familiarise you with the central theoretical, conceptual and empirical dimensions of post-conflict justice and peacebuilding and explores how these have changed over time. The degree focuses on the policies and mechanisms by which justice is claimed to assist in establishing sustainable peace and the relationship between peacebuilding and justice mechanisms. The programme allows you to critically reflect on these processes by considering the boundaries of peace, justice and reconciliation after conflict. You will also reflect on burdens of the past, problems of forgetting, issues surrounding legal, social and economic justice and the contemporary challenges to the practices of justice and peacebuilding such as evaluation and local owenership.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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