Taught course

Peacebuilding and Mediation

University of St Andrews · School of International Relations

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Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours degree in political science, international relations, social sciences or other relevant disciplines.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Peacebuilding and Mediation is a one-year taught postgraduate programme run by the School of International Relations. The MPhil is a two-year taught postgraduate programme. The programmes showcase the School’s world-leading research strengths in the broad field of peace and conflict studies, including in peacebuilding and mediation of conflict.


  • The focus of this programme on peacebuilding and mediation ensures that the study of conflict focuses not only on violence, its actors, and modalities, but also on the different insights deriving from critical engagement with processes of peace.
  • The programme is strongly influenced by postcolonial, feminist and critical theory.
  • The programme locates and analyses both global and more local cases of peacebuilding and mediation, building on Scottish strengths of community-based mediation, conflict resolution, and peace promotion.
  • MPhil students complete a semester study placement at one of several world-leading peace studies programmes across Europe, and complete a research practice placement with a policy practitioner, NGO, or researcher.
  • The opportunity to benefit from the expertise of a practitioner-in-residence in peacebuilding and mediation, and from active engagement in the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at St Andrews.

Teaching format

Both programmes consist of four taught modules taken over two semesters and a 15,000-word dissertation in an area of your choice, resulting in 180 credits. The MPhil includes a further 120 credits.

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

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


All Peacebuilding and Mediation 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 our website; some elements may be subject to change for 2021 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

There are many options of funding available for postgraduate students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MLitt
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
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