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Course content

Delivered by our experienced practitioners and leading scholars, our Masters degree in International Conflict and Cooperation prepares you to address a variety of challenges facing states and international organisations today. This course looks at the dynamics of international conflict and cooperation in light of major events such as the end of the Cold War, the 9/11 terror attacks and the Arab Spring.

We take a thematic approach to conflict resolution and the role of international organisations in order to focus on conflict prevention and management in specific geographical areas. The course also explores the development and regulation of conflict in relation to factors like natural resources and migration.

Contemporary dilemmas surrounding the politics of climate change negotiations, civil war, human rights, international terrorism and humanitarian intervention provide some of the raw material for this MSc, which are studied in-depth over the course of the academic year.

Course objectives

This course will help you to develop the transferrable skills that employers are looking for. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • read and use texts and other source materials critically and empathetically
  • appreciate the complexity and diversity of situations, events and mentalities
  • recognise there are ways of testing statements, and that there are rules of evidence that require integrity and maturity
  • reflect critically on the nature and theoretical underpinnings of the discipline
  • organise an argument, be self-disciplined and be intellectually independent
  • express yourself orally and in writing with coherence, clarity and fluency
  • gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information
  • analyse and solve problems
  • use ICT effectively for information retrieval and presentation skills
  • exercise self-discipline, self-direction and initiative
  • work with others, and have respect for others’ reasoned views
  • work collaboratively and participate effectively in group discussions
  • show empathy and imaginative insight
  • prepare for further academic research such as a PhD

Expand your horizons

This MSc course provides opportunities for you to meet key figures involved in international organisations to help you understand what a career in an International Organisation or NGO would involve. The MSc seminar series, as well as the visits to international organisations, also facilitate contact between students and potential employers. We aim to put you in touch with the voluntary sector. Volunteering not only provides work experience and networking opportunities in a relevant field, but it also allows you to exhibit a range of general skills that you’ll have acquired at university, including researching, report-writing and conducting presentations.

Study abroad

As part of our focus on employability, there’s a study trip to Brussels or Geneva that will give you the opportunity to interact with policymakers and potential employers.


Visit the International Conflict and Co-operation MSc page on the University of Stirling website for more details!

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