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Queen's University Belfast: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

As a member of the Russell Group, Queen’s is one of the UK’s 24 leading universities, providing our students with an excellent education underpinned by world-class research.

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Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

About the course

This is a unique and innovative interdisciplinary programme taught through subject areas that include law, anthropology, English, history, philosophy, politics, psychology, sociology and the creative arts. Module choice within the programme will permit you to build your own personalised portfolio of knowledge and learning within the area of conflict transformation and social justice.

You will be taught by academics and practitioners whose expertise is both national and global and who offer research-led teaching in areas of conflict such as South/ Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Southern Europe, South America and Northern Ireland.

Course Structure

Students will study and critically examine the key conceptual, moral, legal, political and cultural issues that relate to conflict, conflict

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Entry Requirements

Normally at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in an Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences discipline or another cognate subject area. Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may be admitted if they hold a Master's degree, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, or if they have 3 years' relevant working experience in the field of conflict transformation, youth work, social justice or related experience in community engagement or public service delivery.


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Aleksander H. Seymore
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“I participated in the summer school and it was literally a life-changing experience. I could meet people who had never been possible to access if I were in Japan and spending the whole summer inside the library. Personally I have been interested in the political attitude of young generations in post-conflict societies, and now I am back here at the Institute to further investigate the topic in this vibrantly regenerating city.”

Aleksander H. Seymore
Mitchell Scholar
International Student, North Carolina USA

Yumi Omori
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“I participated in the summer school and it was literally a life-changing experience. I could meet people who had never been possible to access if I were in Japan and spending the whole summer inside the library. Personally I have been interested in the political attitude of young generations in post-conflict societies, and now I am back here at the Institute to further investigate the topic in this vibrantly regenerating city.”

Yumi Omori
International Student, Tokyo Japan

Rachel Green
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“I chose this course because of its focus on interdisciplinarity and its comparative approach to conflict transformation and social justice. Its location in Belfast was also a determining factor for me. I’m interested in studying the role of women in social conflict in different countries – both their involvement in the conflict and the impact of the conflict on their well-being.”

Rachel Green
Mitchell Scholar
International Student, Germantown USA

Bronagh Bradley
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"I chose to study at the Institute for several reasons. Social Justice issues are at the core of my political beliefs and the opportunity to further explore these as a post graduate appealed to me. Also, growing up in Belfast and having an interest in politics means I want to be part of the generation which brings about a transformation to our post conflict society. The new Institute at QUB provides an opportunity to combine my two passions and hopefully in the future bring about a change to our society and conflict zones further afield."

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Queen's University Belfast: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

Queen’s University Belfast has a distinguished heritage and history. As a member of the Russell Group, Queen’s is one of the UK’s 24 leading universities, providing our students with an excellent education underpinned by world-class research. Our research strengths include Conflict Transformation and Social Justice; Creative Writing; Sonic Arts; Global Financial Markets; Children’s Well-being; Poverty and Social Exclusion; Translation and Interpreting; and Share Education.

Queen’s is truly a global university, as our researchers work closely with more than 250 universities around the world. We have long established partnerships which supports student exchanges across the globe including leading institutions in South East Asia, Brazil, China, North America and India.

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The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s is a busy, multidisciplinary community of learners, dedicated to using the wide range of subjects to make a difference in lives locally, nationally and internationally. The Faculty has over 8,300 students and 650 academic and support staff who work in five Schools – Arts, English and Languages, History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Law, Management, and Social Sciences, Education and Social Work – and a Global Research Institute, the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.

We offer over 50 Master’s programmes and we are proud of the work of our students and staff, which has been recognised by many others for its quality: Performing Arts is ranked in the QS top 50, English in the QS top 100 and Law in the QS top 200; Languages was third and Education fourth in the UK for research intensity in REF 2014; and, five subject areas hold Athena SWAN Bronze Awards for their commitment to equality issues.

The Faculty benefits from world-class facilities including the world’s only Sonic Arts Research Laboratory; a £14m state-of-the-art building at Riddell Hall which is home to the Management School, a unique simulation Trading Room and the William J Clinton Leadership Institute; the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry; a £1m Film Studio; and £20m School of Law building with a fully featured Moot Court interactive teaching space and social hub.

Queen’s was ranked 2nd out of 120 universities worldwide for our Graduate School and 98% of current international Postgraduate Students were satisfied with our Graduate School (International Student Barometer 2017). We offer tailored development programmes to help inspire and empower you to reach your full potential. As a member of our postgraduate community, the Graduate School will assist you to be a Thinker, Innovator, Leader and Communicator who is Future-Ready.

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