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The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies is an inter-disciplinary programme providing students with an advanced qualification in peace and conflict studies, development and peacebuilding. Drawing upon national and international expertise in the field, this programme will position graduates for a wide range of career options in the public and private sectors as academic researchers and as practitioners and policy makers in fields such as conflict analysis and resolution, peace-building, and post-conflict transformation.

This programme (which replaces the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (PGDipArts) in Peace and Conflict Studies) combines theory and practice with a solid research component and is regionally focused on Asia and the Pacific.

Structure of the Programme

  • The programme of study shall consist of two core papers and two elective papers, worth 120 points, together with a 60 point research dissertation, or 60 point practicum and research project:
  • PEAC 501 Theories of Peace and Conflict (30 points)
  • PEAC 502 Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution Theory (30 points)
  • PEAC 590 Research Dissertation (60 points) or PEAC 595 Practicum and Research Report (60 points)
  • and two of
  • PEAC 503 Conflict Resolution Practice (30 points)
  • PEAC 504 Development and Peace-building (30 points)
  • PEAC 505 Peace Education (30 points)
  • PEAC 506 Special Topic (30 points)
  • PEAC 507 Critical Terrorism Studies (30 points)
  • PEAC 508 Psychology of Peace and Conflict (30 points)
  • Total 180 points

Duration of the Programme

  • A full-time candidate shall normally complete the requirements of the degree within twelve months. A part-time candidate shall normally complete the requirements of the degree within twenty-four months.

Visit the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPCS) page on the University of Otago website for more details!

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