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International Conflict MSc

Course Description

Choose Kingston's International Conflict MSc

This unique course covers the theory and history of international conflict and of intra- and inter-state disputes in the contemporary international system. It draws on subjects such as international relations, politics, economics, sociology and history. The course will enable you to examine and analyse the issues and dynamics that shape and influence conflict in the modern world, as well as explore the tools to manage and resolve it.

Key features

The case studies, backed up by the theoretical and historical foundations taught in this course, bridge the gap between traditional international relations courses - the rationale of which is based on institutional and/or statist approaches - and those that specialise in conflict management and resolution.

Kingston University is established as one of the leading centres of expertise on conflict, conflict dynamics and processes of conflict management and resolution. You will be taught by highly acclaimed academics and experts, including presentations by leading figures from politics, the media and international organisations.

Our year-long (30-credit) modules provide increased contact time with academic staff. You will also be fully supported in preparing your dissertation, in which you will research an area of interest in depth.

Lively discussion is encouraged, with visiting speakers, leading academics and figures from human rights and international organisations contributing to the debate.

What you will study

You will look at the theory and history behind international conflict at all levels of interaction, from the interpersonal to the international. You will also examine how conflict manifests itself in the contemporary international system, and the techniques available to manage and resolve violent disputes. In addition, you will explore key questions, such as the role of religion and gender in conflict, weapons proliferation, the function of outside actors, and the effects of conflict on civilians. You will apply your skills in a piece of original research of 12,000-15,000 words.


Seminar presentations, essays, and dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

Conflict Theory and Resolution
Contemporary Issues and Case Studies in Security and Conflict
Research Skills and Dissertation/Project Proposal

Optional modules

Freedom, Censorship and Subversion
From State to Global Politics
Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
Human Rights: Architectures, Actors, Activism
International Political Economy: Capitalism, Imperialism and the State
Strategies for Achieving Human Rights
Terrorism, Political Violence and Human Rights
The Theory and Practice of International Relations

What this course offers you

The International Conflict MSc combines a theoretical and historical foundation with case studies from across the globe.

The course places extra emphasis on developing your research skills which will be a valuable addition to your CV.

Option modules allow you to tailor the course to your own interests.

The dissertation gives you the chance to study under expert supervision an area of interest in greater depth.

Teaching staff are research-active, which keeps your learning cutting-edge.

You also benefit from our series of visiting speakers, which has included presentations by leading figures from politics, the media and international organisations.

The taught modules aim to prepare you for the job market. Alongside your academic studies, you gain skills in:
problem solving and organisation;
data collation, review and synopsis;
communication (oral, written and electronic);
time management;
computing; and
co-operation and teamwork.

This course is ideal if you have a personal or professional interest in current affairs. It can help you start or promote a career in areas such as non-governmental organisations (NGOs), inter-governmental organisations or journalism.

It also provides an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD-level study in fields such as international relations, politics, development studies or history.

This course is available on a part-time basis to help you fit your studies around other commitments.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the International Conflict MSc page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

One or more of the following: A second class degree or above or equivalent in an area appropriate to the content of the degree. Relevant non-certified learning. An appropriate combination of certificated and non-certificated learning.

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