Taught course

Peace and Conflict Studies (MLitt)

University of St Andrews · School of International Relations

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree.

Months of entry


Course content

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


  • This programme is very wide ranging to encourage students to reflect on the nature of both war and peace.
  • You 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.
  • You will be asked to understand how the causes, nature and consequences of political violence and conflict should shape the nature of peace building strategies.

Teaching format

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.


All Peace and Conflict Studies MLitt students take two compulsory and two optional modules over the course of the programme.

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU: £10,360  Overseas: £20,980

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
24 months


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 46 1944