Taught course

Peace and Conflict Studies

University of St Andrews · School of International Relations

Entry requirements

A strong UK Honours degree (2.1) or equivalent (GPA 3.6).

Months of entry


Course content

Course highlights

  • This programme is very wide ranging to encourage students to reflect on the nature of both war and peace.
  • Students will develop the skills required to analyse the roots, dynamics, key actors and issue-areas in specific conflicts and to evaluate specific responses to conflicts.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Peace and Conflict Studies is a one-year taught postgraduate programme run by the School of International Relations. The programme runs from September to September.

The programme consists of four taught modules taken over two semesters and a 15,000 word dissertation in an area of your choice.

Modules are taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials with average lecture sizes ranging from 20 to 30 students and tutorial sizes ranging from 1 to 15 students. Assessment methods include a combination of examination and coursework.

Every MLitt student is assigned a dissertation supervisor who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process.

Information for international students

A high proportion of IR postgraduates are overseas students. Overseas student whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of English language competency e.g. IELTS band 7.0 or equivalent. http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/entry/

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 461944