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Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies MA

Course Description

Our Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies MA offers a multidisciplinary, comparative study of national, ethnic and religious conflicts in deeply divided societies. It focuses on cases from the Middle East, comparing these to case studies from around the world, examining the theoretical literature on the causes and consequences of revolution and civil war, and internationally led and grassroots peace processes.

Key benefits

-Additional academic development, mentoring and time to ensure your intellectual development.
-A wide range of optional modules taught by international leading scholars experienced with the Middle Eastern and conflict resolution.
-Close links with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with ambassadors regularly speaking at King’s through our Conversation with Diplomacy series.
-Our Middle East Research Group (MERG) brings a variety of international leading scholars to speak at King’s and we have extensive links with leading practitioners in the fields of diplomacy, the media and the NGO sector who regularly provide guest lectures on our MA course.
-The Modern Language Centre offers instruction and tuition in Arabic, Turkish, Farsi and Hebrew.
-Strong intellectual and methodological foundations for further research. Research skills for archival research as well as qualitative and quantitative research methodologies for the social sciences.
-Develop communication skills by presenting and disseminating research in written and oral forms to classmates, tutors, and the wider academic community.


This course examines the political consequences of national, ethnic and religious conflicts in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It will give you an understanding of theories of conflict regulation in deeply divided socieites and how these apply to a wide range of cases, with special but not exclusive attention given to the Middle East. Topics covered may include the dynamics of nationalism, sectarianism and identity, the role of civil society in peace processes, truth and reconcilation commissions, the role of collective memory.

Course purpose

Our MA Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies is a research-led master's programme for those interested in gaining a comprehensive and comparative study on the causes and consequences of revolution, civil war, conflict regulation and truth and reconciliation in divided societies from the Middle East to other case studies.

Career prospects

Graduates progress to become leaders in the public and private sectors, academia, government, diplomacy and journalism.

How to apply


About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Visit the Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in an appropriate subject, such as in history, politics, international relations or languages. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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