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MA Peace and Conflict Studies

This programme provides students with in-depth knowledge and understanding of peace and conflict theories, issues and practices, and an ability to apply theory and case studies to the practices of peacebuilding in complex situations.

With opportunities to develop critically reflective peace-making practices in a friendly and supportive learning environment, the programme promotes breadth and depth of intellectual enquiry and is underpinned with a concern for integrity and courage.

You will develop a valuable range of key skills and personal attributes for a wide variety of careers in related fields such as international development, in charities and in policy settings.

This programme can also be studied at postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma level, and is offered via blended learning or distance learning.

Qualifications available

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies
  • MA in Peace and Conflict Studies


What will I study?

At the Postgraduate Certificate stage, you will study three core modules:

  • Peace, Conflict and Security in the 21st Century
  • Philosophies of Non-Violence and Reconciliation
  • Peacebuilding: Theories in to Practice

At the Postgraduate Diploma stage there is one core module Project Management in Practice, and you will choose two elective modules from the following list:

  • Environment, Peace and Conflict
  • Religion, Peace and Conflict
  • Gender, Peace and Conflict
  • Migration, Displacement and Belonging
  • The Privatisation of International Security
  • Comparative Peace Processes

At the MA stage, you will undertake a dissertation in an area of study which you would like to explore in more depth, with support from a supervisor.

Programme Structure

At each stage of the programme you will have the opportunity to attend a short, residential workshop (up to 5 days) to cover the core learning for one module.   The all-inclusive workshops are covered in the course fees and we strongly encourage attendance to condense your learning and as a way of meeting face-to-face with staff and other students, starting to build your network.  (Please note: Accommodation is provided but you will need to organise and finance your travel including any visa costs.  Residential workshops may be held in the UK in Coventry or London, or internationally depending on where students are based.)

In addition to the residential workshops, the programme is delivered through online module materials, small group tutoring and independent study, allowing you to fit your studies around other commitments.  Students unable to attend the workshops will receive additional contact time and can study independently using online materials. 

Starting in September each year the Postgraduate Certificate is designed to be studied over approximately 8 months either by blended learning or distance learning. The MA is designed to be studied over approximately 24 months either by blended learning or distance learning.

We also offer a 15 month fast track route to the MA to those applicants who can sufficiently evidence prior (experiential) learning. Please refer to the admissions criteria below and contact the Postgraduate Programme Manager for further information.

Student Support

You will be well supported throughout your studies with a range of services and guidance to help you get the most out of your programme.

Students are provided with a range of pre-enrolment materials to better prepare them for their studies.  Online modules are provided through the virtual learning environment (Moodle) to facilitate communications between staff and students, and between students.  You will have access to Coventry University’s library, including its digital resources and library support for distance learners.

Extensive coursework feedback and support from the programme team will be provided, and every student is allocated a personal tutor from the moment of enrolment offering pastoral and academic skills support. For those writing a dissertation, a supervisor will be allocated.

You will be also be able to access a portfolio of non-credit bearing academic skills modules and support to develop your research and writing skills, as well as Coventry University’s Careers and Employability Service for support with developing your career following your studies.

“I enjoyed the method of teaching, the interaction with other students and the availability of study resources. The course is well structured and organised, lecturers are approachable and friendly, overall this programme developed both my personal and academic skills”.

MA Peace and Conflict Studies alumnus


Admissions Criteria

Applications can be submitted from April 2016 for courses commencing in September 2016.  All applications will be evaluated individually on a case-by-case basis.  Ordinarily, the minimum entry criteria for each stage (PGCert, PGDip & MA) of the Peace and Conflict Studies programme are as follows:

Applicants should hold a honours degree at 2:2 or above (or equivalent international grade/qualification), from a recognised University, preferably in a social science subject (e.g. Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, Politics, Development Studies).

OR

Applications from those not possessing a honours degree at 2:2 or above in a relevant subject area are also considered and decisions are based on a careful evaluation of the applicant’s capacity to complete the programme successfully, including assessment, where appropriate, through an admissions interview and review of a writing sample.  In these cases an applicant must have a minimum of three years evidenced working experience in a field relevant to Peace and Conflict Studies (e.g.  UN/EU development organisations, International NGO’s, charities).

PLUS

For non-native English speakers, the entry requirement is English language proficiency at IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Where applicants do not hold up-to-date IELTS certification, we will look at whether an applicant has previously studied and successfully completed a Higher Education qualification in English.  Where an applicant does not hold such a qualification entry will be at the discretion of the CTPSR, ordinarily decided by the relevant Course Director. Here CTPSR will assess English language proficiency through multiple means, potentially including but not limited to, a review of application documents, references, a writing sample, and via a telephone/Skype interview.

Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning:

There are many working professionals who have a wealth of experience and continued professional development qualifications working in fields relating to Peace and Conflict Studies. In certain circumstances it may be possible to map the learning from such previous experience in to the study programme and be awarded up to 60 Masters level credits in accreditation. Students who are awarded AP(E)L credits may be able to complete their studies in a shorter period of time.

Fees (2016/17):

  • Home/EU £6,930
  • Overseas £12,068*

*Eligible overseas applicants may apply for a CTPSR partial tuition fee bursary. More information is available from the CTPSR Postgraduate Programmes Manager.

Apply now or for enquiries about this programme please contact Samima Hussain, Postgraduate Programmes Manager at study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0) 24 77 659059.