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About the MSc programme

The MSc Conflict Studies is dedicated to the analysis of violent conflict and its management or resolution. Its interests range from the interaction of high-level international, domestic and local politics, to the ideological, cultural and political economy factors in violent conflict.

Faculty are pedagogical and methodological pluralists, interested in explaining the causes, dynamics and outcomes of conflict and developing new perspectives on the institutional and non-institutional means by which conflicts can be better managed.

The MSc Conflict Studies has at its core some fundamental questions about what causes violent conflict. Why does it happen when it does and where it does? How and why do conflicts change over time? What can be done to manage or resolve a conflict? What is the role of international politics, or civil society? We aim to address these major questions that are pivotal to the comparative study of politics. The involvement of leading experts in the field will provide you with insights and critical thinking on the latest theoretical developments, research and best policy practices.

We aim to provide a multi-disciplinary perspective on the study of conflict which will be a valuable learning experience for those who wish to develop careers in the policy world in governments and public service, international organisations, security agencies, the media, NGOs or finance, as well as providing an excellent foundation if you wish to progress to a PhD programme. While many students who have taken the programme have gone on to successful careers in these fields, many have also come to us from such careers and with experience of work in major conflict zones, and have found their perspectives and skills enhanced by the in-depth learning experience at LSE.

Our goal is less to teach you how to think about conflict normatively, though this is an element in some courses, but more how to develop your skills to research and analyse conflict. The programme also offers an array of extracurricular activities each academic year, including guest speakers, public lectures, colloquia and workshops, and film screenings.

Graduate destinations

Previous graduates have developed careers in the policy world in governments and public service, international organisations, security agencies, the media, NGOs and finance. The programme is also an excellent foundation for those students who wish to progress to a PhD programme.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme


Visit the MSc Conflict Studies page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

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