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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9.84k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 19k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    How do you put an end to war? What are the benefits and consequences of intervention? What role do international and non-government organisations play in the prevention and resolution of conflict?
    Our MSc Conflict Resolution provides an overview of the evolving field of international conflict resolution, exploring methods like mediation, negotiation, arbitration, collaborative problem solving, peacekeeping operations, and other applications. Our approach is interdisciplinary, combining traditional approaches in conflict management with contemporary theory and practices of non-violent methods. In Advanced Research Methods you will look at quantitative methods and how to use them in the study of politics. You can also take modules that include methods, international relations, security studies, global and comparative politics, international development and the study of human rights.

    We have developed this stimulating new course following the launch of our flagship Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (IDCR). An exciting element of our course is the opportunity for you to undertake an internship with our new IDCR and work alongside our academics, who are world leaders in this field. An MSc Conflict Resolution can lead to a career in areas such as; non-governmental organisations, international and national government, and the private sector. You will develop key employability skills including analytical reasoning, research design, quantitative methods, data analysis and report writing.

    A Masters course is an academically rigorous programme during which you explore your subject in depth, reaching a high level of specialist knowledge. You draw on knowledge and skills from your undergraduate study or your professional life to produce work of a high academic standard, informed by current thinking and debate.
    This course lasts twelve months (full-time), starting in October, and consists of taught modules during your autumn and spring terms and a research-based dissertation to be submitted in September. Your research-based dissertation counts for 60 credits and you will take 120 credits of modules, 60 credits of compulsory modules and a further 60 credits made up from a selection of 30 and 15 credit modules. (If you are from the EU, then our Masters courses are regarded as ‘second-cycle’ qualifications under the Bologna Declaration and consist of 90 ECTS credits).

    Core modules

    • Advanced Research Methods
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Ma Dissertation

    Optional modules

    • Advanced Research Methods
    • Advertising: Commerce And Creativity
    • Citizenship, International Migration And Human Rights
    • Colonialism, Culture And Human Rights
    • Comparative European Politics
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Contemporary Debates In Sociology
    • Contemporary Theories Of Justice
    • Critical Perspectives On Terrorism And Counter-Terrorism
    • Current Controversies In Criminology And Criminal Justice Policy
    • Democracy Beyond The Nation State? The Case Of Europe
    • Digital Economy
    • Dreams And Myth
    • Dynamics Of Home And Work
    • Economics Of The European Union
    • Economics Of Transition
    • Environmental Economics
    • Ethnography
    • Formative Debates In Criminology
    • Gender, Sexuality And Feminist Theory
    • Ideology And Political Discourse
    • International Environmental Politics
    • International Security Studies
    • Interviewing And Qualitative Data Analysis
    • Introduction To Quantitative Analysis
    • Introduction To Survey Methods
    • Macroeconomics (Advanced)
    • Market Structure And Strategic Behaviour
    • Media Theory
    • Organised Crime: Global And Local
    • Panel Data Methods
    • Political Economy
    • Political Explanation
    • Political Parties In Britain And Europe
    • Political Theory
    • Psychoanalysis Of Groups And Organisations
    • Psychoanalytic Theory
    • Public Opinion And Political Behaviour
    • Research Design
    • Research Seminar In Political Theory And Methods
    • Sociological Research Design
    • Sociology Of Human Rights
    • Survey Measurement And Question Design
    • Survey Sampling, Non-Response And Inference
    • Texts And Documents
    • Theories Of International Relations
    • Theory And Explanation In Political Science

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    Our applicants should have a 1st, 2:1 or high 2:2 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant social science like politics, international relations, economics, political economy or sociology. Degrees from other subjects may be considered where there is evidence of some mathematical training, statistical background and relevant work experience, although you will be required to submit a personal statement with your application form. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test: 88 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    As a postgraduate, you need to think carefully about how you will fund your studies. The following pages provide information on the tuition fees for your chosen course or research degree, plus supporting information about the scholarships and other funding streams that may be relevant.

    Funding for this level of study is highly competitive, so it is important that you fully research the options available to you. It is important that you do not begin postgraduate study without ensuring you have enough money to cover all your academic fees and living expenses.

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