Taught course

Peace and Conflict Studies (International Joint Award)

Institution
University of Kent · School of Politics and International Relations
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Conflict, in its many forms, has been a permanent feature of human society. While not all conflict is destructive, the violent conduct of conflict has caused innumerable deaths and indescribable pain and suffering.

It is this kind of deadly conflict that Peace and Conflict Studies addresses. It tries to understand its causes, to explain its effects and to describe its dynamics in order to prepare actors - be they state governments, international organisations or individuals - to better manage conflict peacefully, or to prevent it in the first place.

This degree examines the major theories and leading practices of conflict and conflict resolution in international affairs, supplementing theory with detailed case studies. Topics include risk analysis, negotiation, mediation, conference diplomacy, twin-track diplomacy, third-party intervention, peace-keeping, peace-making, and coercive diplomacy.

The programme includes simulation exercises and draws on the vast pool of expertise on conflict analysis, management and resolution in the School and benefits from the presence of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre, a leading research centre in the field.

This programme offers the opportunity to study at the University of Marburg, Germany and obtain a Joint degree. You spend the first year in Canterbury and the second year in Marburg where courses will be taught in English. You also undertake a mandatory internship that is linked to the MA dissertation.

All lectures and seminars on postgraduate modules are informed by the latest research and scholarship, and are delivered by full-time academic staff who have internationally recognised expertise in their field.

Course structure

This programme offers the opportunity to study at the University of Marburg. You will spend the first year in Canterbury and the second year in Marburg where courses will be taught in English.

Students start the programme in Canterbury at the University of Kent. After the spring term you undertake the ten-week internship from April until early September.

Teaching and Assessment

Assessment is by coursework plus the dissertation.

Information for international students

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current information.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Politics and International Relations
Email
polirpgadmissions@kent.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1227 827307