Taught course

Conflict, Governance and Development

University of York · Department of Politics

Entry requirements

The main criterion for admission to an MA course in the Department of Politics is a 2.1 BA degree or international equivalent. However, exceptions are sometimes made for students with different backgrounds, in which case assessment is usefully done through interview and additional references. Each MA employs slightly different criteria suited to its subject domain and therefore detailed inquiries should be made to individual MA conveners. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Conflict, Governance and Development provides an opportunity to look in depth at contemporary debates in international development.

The programme combines a strong focus on the major theories of development with empirical analysis of the experiences of particular countries and regions. The programme attracts a wide range of students from across the world including both those with prior experience of working in international development and those continuing directly from earlier studies.

The MA in Conflict, Governance and Development draws upon a diverse range of teaching methods, combining lecture-based learning with interactive and participatory teaching in seminar groups. Teaching draws on the department’s in-depth research experience in most regions of the world, including the Middle East, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and areas of South-East Asia and Eastern Europe.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 323561