Taught course

Conflict Resolution

University of Essex · Department of Government

Entry requirements

High 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in relevant subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

How do you put an end to war. What are the benefits and consequences of intervention. What role do international and non-government organisations play in the prevention and resolution of conflict. Our MA/MSc Conflict Resolution provides an overview of the evolving field of international conflict resolution, exploring methods like mediation, negotiation, arbitration, collaborative problem solving, peacekeeping operations, and other applications. Our approach is interdisciplinary, combining traditional approaches in conflict management with contemporary theory and practices of non-violent methods. You can also take modules that include methods, international relations, security studies, global and comparative politics, international development and the study of human rights.

We have developed this stimulating new course following the launch of our flagship Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (IDCR). An exciting element of our course is the opportunity for you to undertake an internship with our new IDCR and work alongside our academics, who are world leaders in this field.

Our Department of Government is one of the largest and most prestigious in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching, research and publication. We are the only political science department to have achieved the highest rating in all five UK Research Assessment Exercises (RAE), with 45 per cent of our research was ranked as 'world-leading' in the most recent RAE (December 2008).

Our staff distinguish themselves in various ways; by acting as media commentators, by writing textbooks used by students across the world and with involvement in practical training. In addition, our students have access to academic staff and a constant flow of distinguished visiting scholars from abroad. Our research interests are wide ranging but we host the British Election Study, a major Economic and Social Research Council-sponsored survey of attitudes and opinions of the British electorate, with other significant research projects studying foreign policy attitudes, corruption, and civil wars and peacekeeping.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations37
Written coursework / continuous assessment37
Dissertation26 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719