Peace and Conflict Studies PgCert, PGDip, MA 2019/20 entry

Course code:

AHT003

Study options:

8 months (PG Cert)
16 months (PG Dip)
24 months (MA)

Location:

Location-independent with optional face-to-face sessions

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:

£7,900 (MA)
£5,266 (PGDip)
£2,633 (PGCert)

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Get in touch

Dr Heather Baggaley
Postgraduate Programmes Manager

+44 (0) 2477659059


study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

The MA Peace and Conflict Studies is the flagship programme at Coventry University’s largest research centre, the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. It aims to provides students with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of issues, theories and practices in peace and conflict, and to develops the ability to apply theory and case studies to peacebuilding in complex situations. The programme is designed to enhance the skills, knowledge and competencies of those working to achieve and strengthen peace around the world.

The MA is studied through blended learning – a mixture of face-to-face and distance study – allowing students to study flexibly around work and personal commitments. We also provide the opportunity to study through our fast-track (APEL*) route which allows students to gain accreditation for their prior experience and learning, including what they have achieved in their careers so far.

Qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies (8 months by blended/distance-learning).
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies (16 months by blended/distance-learning).
  • Full Term MA Peace and Conflict Studies (24 months by blended/distance-learning).
  • Fast-Track MA (APEL) Maritime Security (16 months).

*Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is the process by which Coventry University awards credits towards a qualification based on a student’s prior learning and experience in, for example, their career, previous qualifications and other, relevant life experience. For this course, Coventry University is able to award a third of the credits of the qualification based on a student’s reflection on the outcomes of their prior experience and learning, providing a fast-track option and an opportunity to complete a master’s degree in 16 months rather than 2 years. For more information on our APEL route or this course, contact our team on study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk or speak to Heather, our Postgraduate Programmes Manager, on  +44 (0) 2477659059.

What our students say...

The workshop allowed me to meet people from different backgrounds, different religions and different ways of knowing conflict… all sharing their life experiences.

Cephas Makosa, Student MA Peace and Conflict Studies

Course information

The MA Peace and Conflict studies is the flagship programme at Coventry University’s largest research centre, the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. The programme builds on the critical history and legacy of Coventry, known worldwide as the City of Peace and Reconciliation and, as such, is underpinned by a commitment to promoting integrity and courage in today’s society.

The programme aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge and an understanding of peace and conflict theories, issues and practices, and to develop the ability to apply theory and case studies to peacebuilding in complex situations. It is designed to enhance the skills, knowledge and competencies of those working to achieve and enhance peace around the world.

As well as being active researchers in this dynamic field, our teaching team has a wealth of experience as practitioners in peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Our team works hard to provide a highly interactive and supportive learning environment, focusing on the skills and knowledge that help enhance students’ practice and careers. Building upon their existing experience, this programme aims to equip students to develop key skills and personal attributes for a wide variety of careers, which could include international development, all levels of government, charities and social movements. If you’re looking to study peace and conflict, Coventry University is the place to come.

If you take the full route, the whole course will take two years. If you take the APEL fast track however, you don’t study the PGDip and you start all modules within one 12 month period.

Qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies (8 months by blended/distance-learning).
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies (16 months by blended/distance-learning).
  • Full Term MA Peace and Conflict Studies (24 months by blended/distance-learning).
  • Fast-Track MA (APEL) Peace and Conflict Studies (16 months).

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

This programme is studied in three stages: - Postgraduate Certificate (60 Masters Level credits); - Postgraduate Diploma level (120 Masters level credits); and - Masters (180 Master level credits). Each stage is offered through ‘blended learning’ – a mixture of face-to-face and distance learning, allowing students to study flexibly around work and personal commitments. The three qualifications are sequential: students start by completing the Certificate level, then the Diploma and finish by completing the full Master’s degree, with the option to stop, pause or continue at each stage.

Modules

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

    Our Postgraduate Certificate stage focuses on the key concepts and theories which underpin contemporary peace, conflict and security issues. You will study three modules:

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

  • Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

    The Postgraduate Diploma stage begins with a practical focus with modules on: ‘Project Design and Planning’ and ‘Project Management in Practice’.

    You also choose one of two study pathways through which to complete the Diploma stage:

    The Identity and Culture pathway comprising the following modules:

    • Religion, Peace and Conflict
    • Gender, Violence and Justice

    Or the Peace and Development pathway comprising modules in:

    • Environment, Conflict and Sustainability
    • Comparative Peace Processes

Overview

Masters (MA) The final stage in your Masters qualification is the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) Dissertation. Supported by a subject expert from our Centre, you will have the opportunity to design and conduct a piece of academic research, from developing a proposal through to presenting your findings. Students are able to choose a topic close to them or relevant to their work whilst developing their research skills for use in their career or further study. Some use the experience to prepare for a PhD or career in research.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Complete an MA in 16 months with accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). For those with 5 years+ working experience, you could gain one-third of your Master’s degree credits in recognition of what you’ve already achieved, through our APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) route.
  • Complete a Postgraduate Certificate in 8 months. Our course can be studied at Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters Level, with the opportunity to stop, pause or progress between stages. Whilst most complete a full Master’s degree with us, many students choose to pause after the first or second stage, graduating and continuing their careers with ‘PGCert’ or ‘PGDip’ after their name.
  • Study wherever you are, whilst working. We provide the flexibility of studying online and through short residential workshops where you can meet, network and learn with peers in a diverse range of roles around the world.
  • An international network of professionals. Access to a network of practitioners working in roles related to peacebuilding internationally, as well as the large team of researchers and practitioners working in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations.
  • A distinctive, international course led by world-leading experts. The content and mode of delivery on this course is very different to the other courses we know of, Coventry University takes a firm stance on peace studies being an activist discipline which looks more holistically at peace, and we aim to pioneer a shift in the way peace and conflict are studied, away from the traditional school which look much more narrowly at the subject. Delivered by active international researchers. Our courses are global, from the content of the programme and the staff leading them, to the diverse backgrounds of our participants.
  • Inspired by our city. Our courses are founded in and inspired by the heritage of Coventry, the UK’s City of Peace and Reconciliation. Further, our courses are developed by Coventry University, ranked 15th in the Guardian’s University Guide (2017) and Times Modern University of the Year 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Starting in September each year our courses are designed to be studied by ‘blended learning’ – a mixture of distance and face-to-face study.

You will be well supported throughout your studies with a range of support, 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 communication 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. CTPSR has a team of PGT (Postgraduate Teaching) Ambassadors who provide pastoral and academic skills support. For those writing a dissertation, a supervisor will be allocated who has appropriate knowledge, experience and expertise in your chosen topic of study.

At each stage of the programme you will have the opportunity to attend a short residential workshop to deliver the core learning of one module. These workshops are covered in the course fees. At the start of your study, our first workshop provides the core learning on the Peace, Conflict and Security in the 21st Century module.

At PG Diploma stage, a second workshop allows you to develop a project or intervention appropriate to conflict- or disaster-affected situations as part of the ‘Project Design and Planning’ module. A final research design workshop is provided to prepare students for their dissertation. These workshops are covered in the course fees (an accommodation bursary is provided for those attending each workshop. However students are required to pay their own travel expenses).

Whilst not mandatory, attendance at the workshops is strongly advised as they provide a chance to hone your practical skills, network with professionals from across our postgraduate courses and meet our wider Centre team including leading academics, our PhD community and alumni network.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy aims to ensure that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

What our students say...

Although it’s distance learning, the course was delivered in such a way that I felt connected to the Centre, it was thought-provoking and participatory.

Rukhshanda Naz, Student MA Peace and Conflict Studies

Entry Requirements

All applications will be evaluated individually with admissions decisions made by CTPSR. Admission decisions are based on the entry criteria elaborated below and an evaluation of the required application documents. 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 2:2 or above degree (or equivalent international grade/qualification), from a recognised University, preferably in a social science subject (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Security Studies, International Relations, Politics, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Studies, etc.).

For non-UK applicants, 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 Course Director and subject to a review of documentation and an interview. Please call or email our team if you have questions about this requirement – contact details below.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning:

To be eligible for AP(E)L an applicant must have a minimum of five (5) years evidenced working experience in a relevant field to Peace and Conflict Studies and be operating in a relevant role at the level of mid-management or above at the time of application, or have operated within a relevant role at the level of mid-management or above within 12 months of the time of application. An eligible applicant seeking AP(E)L will be assessed by a portfolio and admissions interview, alongside their capacity to complete the programme successfully.

For further information on eligibility and the application process please email study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk.

How to Apply

Prior to submitting an application please ensure you have the following supporting documents ready to upload:

The documents above are required to make an initial application, however further documentation may be requested from applicants in cases where additional information is required to support course entry decisions.

*this must be sent directly by the referee to study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk. Please ensure you read the guidance which can be found under the entry requirements section, particularly if you wish to apply for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL – Please see section ‘Entry Requirements’ above).


For further information:

Dr Heather Baggaley

Postgraduate Programmes Manager

+44 (0) 2477659059

All applications will be evaluated individually with admissions decisions made by CTPSR. Admission decisions are based on the entry criteria elaborated below and an evaluation of the required application documents. 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 2:2 or above degree (or equivalent international grade/qualification), from a recognised University, preferably in a social science subject (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Security Studies, International Relations, Politics, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Studies, etc.).

For non-UK applicants, 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 Course Director and subject to a review of documentation and an interview. Please call or email our team if you have questions about this requirement – contact details below.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning:

To be eligible for AP(E)L an applicant must have a minimum of five (5) years evidenced working experience in a relevant field to Peace and Conflict Studies and be operating in a relevant role at the level of mid-management or above at the time of application, or have operated within a relevant role at the level of mid-management or above within 12 months of the time of application. An eligible applicant seeking AP(E)L will be assessed by a portfolio and admissions interview, alongside their capacity to complete the programme successfully.

For further information on eligibility and the application process please email study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk.

How to Apply

Prior to submitting an application please ensure you have the following supporting documents ready to upload:

The documents above are required to make an initial application, however further documentation may be requested from applicants in cases where additional information is required to support course entry decisions.

*this must be sent directly by the referee to study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk. Please ensure you read the guidance which can be found under the entry requirements section, particularly if you wish to apply for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL – Please see section ‘Entry Requirements’ above).


For further information:

Dr Heather Baggaley

Postgraduate Programmes Manager

+44 (0) 2477659059

study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk

 

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 or above. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

All applications will be evaluated individually with admissions decisions made by CTPSR. Admission decisions are based on the entry criteria elaborated below and an evaluation of the required application documents. 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 2:2 or above degree (or equivalent international grade/qualification), from a recognised University, preferably in a social science subject (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Security Studies, International Relations, Politics, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Studies, etc.).

For non-UK applicants, 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 Course Director and subject to a review of documentation and an interview. Please call or email our team if you have questions about this requirement – contact details below.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning:

To be eligible for AP(E)L an applicant must have a minimum of five (5) years evidenced working experience in a relevant field to Peace and Conflict Studies and be operating in a relevant role at the level of mid-management or above at the time of application, or have operated within a relevant role at the level of mid-management or above within 12 months of the time of application. An eligible applicant seeking AP(E)L will be assessed by a portfolio and admissions interview, alongside their capacity to complete the programme successfully.

For further information on eligibility and the application process please email study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk.

How to Apply

Prior to submitting an application please ensure you have the following supporting documents ready to upload:

The documents above are required to make an initial application, however further documentation may be requested from applicants in cases where additional information is required to support course entry decisions.

*this must be sent directly by the referee to study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk. Please ensure you read the guidance which can be found under the entry requirements section, particularly if you wish to apply for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL – Please see section ‘Entry Requirements’ above).


For further information:

Dr Heather Baggaley

Postgraduate Programmes Manager

+44 (0) 2477659059

study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.uk

 

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 or above. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

What our students say...

The workshop allowed me to meet people from different backgrounds, different religions and different ways of knowing conflict… all sharing their life experiences.

Cephas Makosa, Student MA Peace and Conflict Studies

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£7,900 (MA)
£5,266 (PGDip)
£2,633 (PGCert) (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2019

£7,900 (MA)
£5,266 (PGDip)
£2,633 (PGCert) (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2019

£7,900 (MA)
£5,266 (PGDip)
£2,633 (PGCert) (per year)


Fees by award

  • Postgraduate Certificate - £2,450
  • Postgraduate Diploma - £4,900
  • Masters - £7,350

Ferguson Trust Scholarship

Ferguson Trust Scholarships are made available through the generosity of The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust to support students wishing to pursue our Peace and Conflict Studies and Maritime Security academic streams. The scholarships are designed for candidates from low-income countries and lower middle-income countries, which, ordinarily, are conflict-affected. We apologise to everyone from the EU, Japan, USA and areas with comparable incomes, we are not allowed to offer these scholarships no matter how strong your application. Please see the World Bank's country and lending page for a definitive list of countries.

The competition for funding is intense and the applications are of a very high standard, prior to applying for a scholarship please ensure you have a formal offer letter.

After checking your eligibility you should refer to the scholarship terms & conditions (to be available here in due course), complete the application form with great care and return this to study.ctpsr@coventry.ac.ukThe deadline for 2019 will be announced in due course.

Please note any incomplete applications and late submissions will not be considered. The awarding panel is situated within the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations and will assess all application on their individual merit (academic ability/ work experience and financial circumstances).

Allocation will be decided on assessment of the following:

  • A complete scholarship application form including a detailed statement of support which should not exceed 500 wordsIn this form you should demonstrate your capacity and commitment to undertake and complete the programme and explain how the programme is aligned to your future aspirations and how it will benefit your professional development.
  • Your contribution towards your tuition fees.

Career prospects

The MA in Peace and Conflict Studies is taught by experts in the broad field of peace and conflict studies and is informed by their research, practice and activism. As such, the programme is able to provide a deeper insight into both theoretical and practical perspectives of the contemporary peacebuilding challenges.

Further to this, the course ultimately seeks to create a learning community, where ideas can be interchanged and debated amongst academic staff, alumni, and current students, lasting well beyond the timespan of the academic programme itself.

If you are already a practitioner, you will have the opportunity to broaden your professional network, which is very likely to be useful to you in the workplace, whilst also gaining a formal accredited postgraduate qualification, which may be required for further progression in your career. If you are an individual with an interest in peace and conflict, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter into jobs within a broad spectrum of organisations, including: international non-government organisations, multi-national government organisations like the United Nations, regional communities such as the European Union or the Economic Community of West African States, faith group organisations, community organisations, the private sector, think tanks, and indeed also academia.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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