University of York

University of York

Conflict, Governance and Development

The course provides an opportunity to look in depth at contemporary debates in international development. The programme combines a strong focus on the major theories of development with empirical analysis of the experiences of particular countries and regions. The programme attracts a wide range of students from across the world including both those with prior experience of working in international development and those continuing directly from earlier studies. The course draws upon a diverse range of teaching methods, combining lecture-based learning with interactive and participatory teaching in seminar groups. Teaching draws on the department's in-depth research experience in most regions of the world, including the Middle East, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and areas of South-East Asia and Eastern Europe.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 BA degree or international equivalent. However, exceptions are sometimes made for students with different backgrounds, in which case assessment is usefully done through interview and additional references. Each MA employs slightly different criteria suited to its subject domain and therefore detailed inquiries should be made to individual MA convenors. If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Course modules

Modules include: Theories and policies of development governance; conflict and development. Optional modules include: contemporary issues in international political economy; ethics and word politics; European public policy; governing for the environment; policy analysis; state space and globalisation; critical theories of international political economy; culture and protest; global governance; public management and delivery; politics of international trade and development; reason and power in european political thought; sex and the liberal state (tbc); truth justice and reparations after violence (CAHR); women citizenship and conflict (CWS); twentieth-century communisms.

Assessment methods

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01904 323561