University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Peace and Conflict Studies

The MLitt in Peace and Conflict Studies explores the foundations of peace and conflict theory, as well as the broader challenges that arise in areas of peace building, peace processes, reconciliation and post-conflict reconstruction. The programme consists of four taught modules taken over two semesters and a 15,000 word dissertation in an area of your choice. Modules are taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials with average lecture sizes ranging from 20 to 30 students and tutorial sizes ranging from 1 to 15 students. Assessment methods include a combination of examination and coursework. Every MLitt student is assigned a dissertation supervisor who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process.

Entry requirements

A strong 2.1 Honours degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/entrance-requirements/

Course modules

Compulsory modules: 1. Issues in Peace and Conflict: focuses on issues surrounding the theorisations of security and conflict against the backdrop of an emerging globalisation.
2. Theories of Peace and Conflict: analyses how and why the principal theoretical frameworks and practices employed to comprehend conflict, violence and peace building have evolved over the last decades, situating this analysis within a series of key case studies.
Optional modules: Students choose two optional modules. Optional modules are subject to change each year, and attendance may be limited (see the University's position on curriculum development). You may, with permission, take modules from other MLitt programmes in the School.

1. Terrorism and Liberal Democracy: explores the development of contemporary terrorism and the conceptional and definitional issues concerning terrorism.
2. Conflict and Peace in Post-Communist Eurasia: examines where and why conflicts have arisen throughout the post-communist space, Eurasia, particularly in the Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia.
3. Religion and International Politics: investigates the so-called 'global resurgence' of politicised religion.
4. Identity and Collective Violence: studies the concept of violence as a group or collective phenomenon.
5. Political Economy of Conflict: provides a political economy perspective on conflict in a developing economy.
6. Gender and Terrorism: explores gender as a tool for the construction and maintenance of power.
7. The Evolution of United Nations Peacekeeping: looks at the development of United Nations peacekeeping from the 1940s to the present.
8. Political Order and Violence in the Middle East: examines the causes and consequences of political order and violence in the Middle East.
9. Political Philosophy and World Order: explores philosophical reflections on the idea of world order through a study of key political philosophy texts.
10. 'Reason of State': Origin, Nature and Career of a Concept: studies the meaning, origins, development and significance of the notion of 'reason of state' in western political thought.
11. Topics in International Political Thought: introduces key themes in the international realm through close engagement with the ideas of a single theorist.
12. Ideologies and Social Movements in the Middle East: focuses on prominent ideologies in the modern history of the Middle East, and the role ideas play in the political mobilisation of society.
13. Conflicts, Security and Democracy in the Greater Caucasus: examines the history, languages and culture of the Caucasus.
14. Social Movements, Revolutions and Authoritarianism in North Africa: investigates the dynamics and outcomes of social protests in the authoritarian regimes of North African region in the post-colonial period.
15. Foreign Policy Analysis: covers the literature, research topics and current issues in the area of foreign policy analysis.
Security and Conflict in Africa: a systematic study of patterns of conflict in Africa and security concerns.
Dissertation: The final element of the MLitt is a 15,000 word dissertation. The dissertation should focus on an area of peace and conflict studies in which you are interested. Each student is supported by a relevant supervisor from the School who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation must be submitted by the end of August.

Assessment methods

Modules are taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials with average lecture sizes ranging from 20 to 30 students and tutorial sizes ranging from 1 to 15 students. Assessment methods include a combination of examination and coursework.
Every MLitt student is assigned a dissertation supervisor who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process.
The final element of the MLitt is a 15,000 word dissertation. The dissertation should focus on an area of peace and conflict studies in which you are interested. Each student is supported by a relevant supervisor from the School who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation must be submitted by the end of August.

Sponsorship information

St Andrews graduates who have graduated during the last three years are eligible for a Recent Graduate Discount, which offers a 10% discount on tuition fees.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 20,370 per Whole course (International) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,870 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,870 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,870 per Whole course (Wales) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,870 per Whole course (EU) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,870 per Whole course (England) 1 years

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