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MA Conflict, Displacement and Human Security

Course Description

On this cutting-edge course, we specialise in giving our students an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the relationship between conflict, displacement and human insecurity.

We will help you to develop the skills and understanding to prepare for employment in the fields of conflict management and resolution, humanitarian assistance and displacement, human rights and development initiatives. The key aspects of your learning will be the focus on conflict and displacement. We value a people-centred approach and an emphasis on human security which combines both human rights and human development.

The course approaches development as an important security strategy and considers displacement a measure of human security. We will encourage you to adopt an independent critical approach to contemporary theories of conflict, human rights and human security.

You will work with academics involved in the latest research and have access to wide-ranging expertise in our research centres, covering human rights in conflict, social justice and change, migration, refugees and belonging and gender research.


This course will help you to develop important skills for a key role in the area of conflict, displacement and human security.
By the time you complete it, you should have acquired advanced critical and evaluative abilities, research management skills, the ability to design and deliver substantial written reports and social research projects, and high levels of competence in library and bibliographical research.

You will also have gained skills in data collection and analysis. You will have enhanced abilities in verbal presentation, familiarity with means of dissemination and mobilising research findings, and an advanced ability to collaborate in research groups and teams.
The course provides an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of the conflict, generalised violence and social inequality in contemporary global contexts. It examines the complexities of global, regional and local structures, and the relationships to the changing character of conflict.

Your studies will focus on two core modules: Conflict; Displacement and Human Security, and Research Methods and two specialist option modules in the areas of displacement, development, human rights, global environmental politics and community development. This will prepare you to begin a dissertation during the summer term for submission in September.


Our course is specifically aimed at giving you the skills, knowledge and understanding for a career in the fields of conflict management and resolution, humanitarian assistance and displacement, human rights and development initiatives.

You will develop the critical thinking skills and flexibility for a role in an NGO or in a government department or agency, both in developing and developed countries.

The course will also develops your skills for further academic research in conflict, displacement, development and human rights fields, as well as in associated areas of social and political theory.


The following are the core and optional requirements for this programme:

• Conflict, Displacement and Human Security ( Core)
• Qualitative Research Methods (Social Sciences) (Core)
• Dissertation (Core)
• Introduction to Forced Migration (Option)
• Development in the International Context (Option)
• Current Issues in Forced Migration (Option)
• Global Environmental Politics (Option)
• War and Human Rights (Option)

Visit the MA Conflict, Displacement and Human Security page on the University of East London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have a first class or upper second-class honours degree in a cognate area of study or comparable professional/research experience. Under special circumstances applicants without a relevant first degree but with substantial professional experience may be considered. These candidates will be interviewed as part of the admission process. In the case of applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) is required.

Course Fees

2015/16: Home: Full-time : £8,000, Part-time: £1,333 per 30 credit module; International: Full-time: £11,700

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