Taught course

Conflict Transformation and Social Justice

University of Liverpool · School of Politics and Communication Studies

Entry requirements

For entry onto this MA we require a good 2:1 Bachelor's degree in Politics studies or a related area e.g. other social science degree. On occasion, we will also consider a good 2:1 Bachelor's degree from a non-social science area.

Months of entry


Course content

This interdisciplinary MA offers students the opportunity to study Conflict Transformation and Social Justice through a wide range of academic disciplines that include politics, law, history, psychology, media and communications, and philosophy. Students will critically examine the key conceptual, legal, political and cultural issues that relate to conflict, conflict transformation and social justice. Academic debates and real-life dilemmas that relate to divided societies, peacekeeping, peace processes, and post-conflict reconciliation are examined so as to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to research and practically engage in conflict transformation and social justice.

This unique MA programme will develop and enhance a mix of academic and practical skills. Over the course of 12 months (full time) or 48 months (part time), core modules will provide a solid grounding in the theory, practice, and research methods of conflict transformation. Beyond this, students have complete control over the direction of their studies. A wide range of optional modules cover subjects including international dispute resolution, peace processes, international intervention, media and human rights, modern slavery, social exclusion, policing, and international protection of human rights.

As well as participating in traditional forms of assessment such as essays and exams, students will develop key transferable skills through more alternative and authentic forms of assessment. These may include submitting written and oral evidence to government inquiries, report writing for non-academic audiences, and the creation of podcasts.

The department puts a strong emphasis on high quality teaching. Classroom seminars and lectures are designed interactively and centre around student engagement. The overall satisfaction of University of Liverpool students rates 85% (NSS 2019). Likewise teaching staff are passionate about making complicated matters of conflict transformation and social justice accessible to students.

Information for international students

International Students

Applications from international students are encouraged and international qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines.

English language qualifications

All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language and are required to provide evidence of this. Qualifications accepted by the University can be found on our International webpages. Please see our website for English Language requirements specific to your country.

If you meet the academic requirements of the course but do not have the required level of English Language, it is possible for you to come and study at the University on one of our Pre-sessional EAP programmes. Please see the English Language Centre website for further information about these programmes.

If you require additional English Language training during your study, the University is able to provide tuition and arrange IELTS tests through its English Language Centre, details of which are available at from our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Dr. Sean Haughey