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MA Conflict, Development and Security

Course Description

This interdisciplinary programme addresses the convergence of security and development issues, and its implications for analysing the reconstruction of war-affected societies.

The course bridges the themes of conflict, liberal styles of governance and aid policy. You’ll analyse the ways in which security, development and humanitarian agents adapt to instability. You’ll also examine the significance of globalisation for the emergence of internal conflict, and for the development of trans-border economics and the political dynamics they may support.

This unique programme gives you the opportunity to study regionally differentiated responses to conflict in, for example Africa and Afghanistan, and to discuss issues relating to humanitarian conditionality, containment and the role of international organisations and NGOs.

Visit the MA Conflict, Development and Security page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Lisa Steciuk

1438.jpg The University has a great reputation and the Politics course in POLIS particularly appealed to me because of its wide diversity of modules and large focus on development and international politics. After visiting the University I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the staff I met and the facilities available…especially the libraries!

For me, Leeds represented the perfect combination of an excellent quality learning environment coupled with an active social life and opportunities for extra curricula activities which I deemed important in ensuring an enjoyable and balanced experience. I enjoyed the experience of my BA so much, loved living in Leeds and was so impressed with the department that I chose to return to complete my postgraduate programme.

Studying my MA has really helped me to work out what my core interests are and really find aspects of politics and development that I am passionate about and eager to continue to learn more about. Both my BA and MA provided me with a broad knowledge of general development issues and the politics and development of various countries.

Whilst at Leeds studying for my MA I applied for a 5 month internship with the British NGO Development in Action (DIA) and was accepted as intern toa researcher in the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation unit of one of DIA’s partner organisations, Seva Mandir in Udaipur, India.

Development in Action is a youth led organisation aimed at promoting development education and global citizenship. The aim of my placement in India is to give me adequate experience of living and working in a developing country so that on my return to the UK, I will be able to contribute and be involved in the organisations work in promoting development issues to school age children in the UK.


Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related discipline.

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