Taught course

Reconciliation and Peacebuilding

University of Winchester · Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study. The study of conflict resolution and peacebuilding requires the exploration of a wide range of themes and issues which cut across most subject areas, and draws on a range of both qualitative and quantitative methods. It is important that applicants can demonstrate some knowledge and experience of studying and engaging with contemporary issues, and global themes and challenges, and articulate a personal and professional motivation for engaging in peacebuilding and reconciliation work.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Get hands-on experience with peacebuilding projects and organisations
  • Learn from people working in the field of peace and reconciliation
  • A strong foundation in both the study and practise of reconciliation and peacebuilding
  • Develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of a broad range of contemporary debates relevant to the study of peacebuilding and reconciliation
  • Acquire advanced abilities in critically evaluating peacebuilding and reconciliation theories and concepts and applying them to practice world-wide.

This course builds a strong understanding into the study and practice of reconciliation and peacebuilding. Drawing on the work and experience of St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, the course delves into psychology and religious studies. You are encouraged to examine key ideas and theoretical frameworks in the study of reconciliation in a wide variety of contexts.

You will be supported in identifying and understanding the root causes of conflict, and in critically assessing the methods and practices which have the potential to turn violent and destructive conflict into positive and sustainable outcomes. The course gives you the opportunity to reflect on the pivotal relationship between theory and practice and to consider what it is that makes effective peacebuilding and reconciliation.

The supportive learning environment stems from the teaching staff who are all fully committed to providing the best learning opportunities for all students. We have a range of ways we support the learning experience of our students including one-to-one online tuition, extensive feedback on assignments and inclusive teaching practices.

We have a vibrant virtual community that includes students from all over the world. We help our students get to know each other through relationship building exercises in the beginning of the course as well as regular pair and group work.

You will also have the opportunity to become involved with peacebuilding projects and organisations.

Study core modules including Foundation of Reconciliation and Peacebuilding, Theories and Dynamics of Reconciliation, and Religion and Peacebuilding. Supplement these with options including Practical Bridge Buidling, The Relationship between Theory and Practice and Dialogue and Disagreement. You also complete an independent study, for which you have the option of writing a dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words; undertaking a consultancy placement with an organisation working in the field; or organising and reflecting on a practical peacebuilding project.

The independent study allows our students to tailor their final project to their current jobs and future career choices. The dissertation demonstrates your research and critical reading, writing and thinking skills preparing you for a career in academia whereas the project and consultancy options help you connect with future employers and develop practical skills in areas such as project management, networking and report writing. For those already in a career, the independent study offers opportunities to explore themes related to your work and potentially start new projects with your organisations and other stakeholders.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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