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Conflict Prevention and Peace Building

The MSc will provide you with advanced knowledge of the complex and specialised areas of peacebuilding, among it conflict analysis, conflict prevention, conflict resolution and conflict transformation, community driven reconstruction, peace processes within the context of contemporary conflicts and in the context of broader international (humanitarian) interventions. Integrated into the MSc structure are opportunities to develop operational and vocational skills for example in negotiations, conflict mediation, conflict sensitive programme design and programme management, or urban peacebuilding. You are provided with theoretical and empirical knowledge and with practical skills that are helpful for current and future employment opportunities. The courses are thus attractive to both graduates and mid-career practitioners. Whilst the academic and applied focus of the MSc comes through a peace and conflict studies analytic lens, course material will also draw from traditional strategic/security and development studies, enabling cross fertilisation between different perspectives. It allows the exploration of unique and new paradigms and practices in the fields of conflict, peace, security, defence, diplomacy, development and humanitarian intervention.

Entry requirements

MSc: UK 2.1 Bachelor degree, or equivalent. The degree should be in the field of social sciences, but we will actively consider significant relevant experience in lieu of this requirement. Two satisfactory academic references. In cases of applicants who have significant relevant experience, one work-related reference and one academic reference would be considered appropriate.

Course modules

Five core modules worth 75 credits plus a Dissertation worth 60 credits plus three optional modules to the value of 45 credits. Core Modules: Defence, Development and Diplomacy in Conflict: Evolving Actors, Factors and Paradigms; Conflict Prevention and Sustainable Peace; Responses: Peace Processes and Political Negotiation; Recovery and Reconstruction: Consolidating Peace after Violence; Capstone Exercise: Humanitarian Intervention Simulation (in MSc-specific roles); Dissertation. Optional Modules: Optional modules in previous years have included: Religion, Culture and Conflict; Conflict Mediation; Fieldtrip; Conflict Sensitive Programme Management; Re-thinking Counter Terrorism; Urban Violence - Urban Peacebuilding; International Negotiation as Instrument in Conflict Management; Policing Post-Conflict Cities; Defence Engagement; Conflict Analysis.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include an examination, essays, presentations, reflective journal, reports, article reviews and policy briefs and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2019 11,550 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 11,550 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 20,790 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 11,550 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 11,550 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 11,550 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 11,550 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years

Campus details

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Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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