Taught course

Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding

University of Leeds · School of Politics and International Studies

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or a non-UK equivalent in a social science, humanities, or other related discipline. Relevant experience will also be taken into account.

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Months of entry


Course content

Our MA in Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding will introduce you to the key challenges faced when security and development issues converge, and what this means for the reconstruction of war-affected societies. This course is ideal if you are interested in exploring the complexities of societal conflict and peacebuilding around the world.

By bridging themes of conflict, liberal styles of governance and aid policy, you will analyse the ways in which security, development and humanitarian actors adapt to instability. You’ll also examine the significance of globalisation for the emergence of internal conflict, and for the development of trans-border economics and the political dynamics they support.

Furthermore, this course gives you the opportunity to study regionally differentiated responses to conflict in – for example – Africa and Asia, and to discuss issues relating to humanitarian conditionality, containment and the role of international organisations and NGOs in peacebuilding.

Our academics are widely recognised as leading experts in their field. The teaching on this programme is research-led and supported by our Centre for Global Security Challenges. This comprises 60 experts from around the University of Leeds focusing on six research themes – environment, health, gender, conflict, terrorism, and global order.

Your learning will also benefit from the cutting-edge research which takes place within our Centre for Global Development and the Leeds University Centre for African Studies. Both are leading research centres which address the politics of global challenges.

Information for international students

Our English language requirements are IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

PT attendance by arrangement.

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office