University of Essex

University of Essex

Conflict Resolution

This course provides an overview of the evolving field of international conflict resolution, exploring methods such as: 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; students 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 new course following the launch of our flagship Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (IDCR); the course also includes the opportunity for students to undertake an internship.

Entry requirements

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. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Conflict resolution; advanced research methods; political explanation; dissertation. Optional modules include: Advertising (commerce and creativity); applied sampling; colonialism, culture and human rights; comparative European politics; contemporary debates in sociology; contemporary theories of justice; coverage and non-response in surveys; critical perspectives on terrorism and counter-terrorism; current controversies in criminology and criminal justice policy; 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 design and management; macroeconomics (advanced); market structure and strategic behaviour; media theory; organised crime (global and local); panel data methods; political economy; 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; texts and documents; theories of international relations; theory and explanation in political science; work-based project.

Assessment methods

Grades for each module is calculated with a 50 per cent weighting for both coursework and exam. Dissertation included within final grade.

Sponsorship information

Research councils and some University of Essex studentships available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 7,725 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 7,725 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 14,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 3,750 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 6,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months
MA Part-time £ 3,750 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MA Part-time £ 6,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, Department of Government
Telephone number: 
01206 872719