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Peace Studies (MA)

Course Description

Peace Studies deals with one of the most pressing issues of the contemporary world - the challenges that confront actors in conflict and post-conflict societies. The course will reflect on the complexity of peace and peacebuilding, combining theoretical approaches with opportunities for in-depth case study research.

The aim of this programme is to deconstruct the notion of peace and shed light on the issues of peacebuilding. The course encourages thinking beyond the mainstream and encourages students to make a contribution to the discipline.

The programme is built around a core of International Relations, but also draws on other disciplines such as History, Economics, Religious Studies and Law. The objective is to encourage our students to engage critically with both the theoretical and practical dimensions of contemporary conflicts and attempts to (re) build peace.


Students must take the core modules: Theories and Concepts in Peace Studies (30 credits) as well as Theory and Analysis of International Relations (30 credits), a postgraduate research methods module (15 credits), a case studies module (15 credits) and a further 30 credits worth of elective modules before progressing to a dissertation (60 credits).

Elective modules are expected to include:

International Organisation
International Peacekeeping
The EU as an International Actor
Analysing Security
Global Economic Development
Conflicts in Global Justice
Religion and Conflict

You may be entitled to a fee waiver for 2014/15 if you are enthusiastic and willing to contribute to the Centre - See more at: http://www.hope.ac.uk

Visit the Peace Studies (MA) page on the Liverpool Hope University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in history, politics, international relations or a relevant discipline (e.g. Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities and Business).Applications will also be considered from individuals who have appropriate and relevant experience. Applications may be required to attend for interview.

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