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Peace and Conflict Studies (International Joint Degree) MA

Course Description

Conflict, in its many forms, has been a permanent feature of human society. While not all conflict is destructive, the violent conduct of conflict has caused innumerable deaths and indescribable pain and suffering. It is this kind of deadly conflict that Peace and Conflict Studies addresses. It tries to understand its causes, to explain its effects and to describe its dynamics in order to prepare actors, be they state governments, international organisations or individuals, to better manage conflict peacefully, or to prevent it in the first place. This degree examines the major theories and leading practices of conflict and conflict resolution in international affairs, supplementing theory with detailed case studies. Topics include risk analysis, negotiation, mediation, conference diplomacy, twin track diplomacy, third party intervention, peace keeping, peace making, and coercive diplomacy. The programme includes simulation exercises. The programme draws on the vast pool of expertise on conflict analysis, management and resolution in the School and benefits from the presence of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre, a leading research centre in the field.

Programme content

This programme offers the opportunity to study both at the University of Kent and at the University of Marburg and to obtain a Joint degree. You can opt to spend the first year in Canterbury and the second year in Marburg where courses will be taught in English.

About the School of Politics and International Relations

The School of Politics and International Relations is one of the most dynamic places to study Politics and International Relations. We combine high-quality teaching with cutting-edge research in a supportive environment that welcomes students from all over the world.

All lectures and seminars on postgraduate modules are informed by the latest research and scholarship, and are delivered by full-time academic staff who have internationally recognised expertise in their field.


The School of Politics and International Relations has a dedicated Employability, Internships, Placements and Alumni Manager who works with students to develop work-based placements in a range of organisations. Centrally, the Careers and Employability Service can help you plan for your future by providing one-to-one advice at any stage of your postgraduate studies.

Our graduates have gone on to careers in academia, local and national government and public relations.

We are currently ranked 6th in the UK for Graduate Prospects in The Guardian League Table 2017

Visit the Peace and Conflict Studies (International Joint Degree) MA page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Luke Johns

I studied as part of the School of Politics & IR at undergraduate level and was therefore already aware of how strong the School was in terms of academic lecturers, student participation and general organisation. The reason for choosing the International Conflict Analysis programme itself was simple: it offered a wide range of modules that covered almost everything that interested me, from Philosophy and Methodology to Human Rights and International Security. It was a struggle to pick my six modules for the year because I was genuinely interested in seven or eight.
In my opinion the most valuable thing I have come away with from the programme is the ability to think critically and ask questions. People rarely ask ‘why?’ You soon find that at undergraduate level you are often spoon-fed information and (usually) little is asked of you in terms of challenging what others think. The idea of challenging the ‘norm’ has run through the heart of the course this year and has been at the core of every module I have studied; students are encouraged to ask questions and actively debate. Discussions at the start of the year that were driven by lecturers become student-led and people actively seek engagement. It has been fantastic and quite liberating.
I can’t define one, single aspect of this course as the ‘best’; the people I have met this year have been fantastic and the lecturers have often gone out of their way to help when it’s needed. The library services and facilities have been invaluable and the buzz around campus is always refreshing when deadlines are tight.
I would definitely recommend the programme to others. This year has been the most intellectually stimulating year of my life, by far. The good thing about International Conflict Analysis, despite what you might think from the programme title, is that you can go almost anywhere with it. It’s both challenging and enjoyable and you’ll rarely find it boring or monotonous.


Graduate School Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The Graduate School Scholarship Scheme was established in 2009 to celebrate the founding of the University's Graduate School, which is responsible for the strategic development of graduate education and research within the University.The Scholarship is awarded to 2016 University of Kent Graduates who earn a Batchelors degree with honours (or undergraduate Masters degree) and register for a postgraduate degree at Kent by 1 October 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000 reduction (£500 per annum for part-time students, for 2 years) in tuition fees


- Candidates must hold a Bachelors degree with honours (or undergraduate Master's degree) awarded in 2016 by the University of Kent.- This scholarship offer is not available to those students who have been awarded foundation degrees, HNCs, HNDs or postgraduate degrees.Candidates must have satisfied the criteria for admission and register for a postgraduate degree (Master's or Doctorate) with the University of Kent by 1 October 2016. - Candidates must be self-funded, i.e. they are paying their tuition fees themselves.- Open to overseas/home/EU fee paying students.- MArch students are not eligible for this scholarship.

Application Procedure

There is no need to make a separate application. The tuition fee reduction will be provided to all eligible 2016 graduates on registration

Further Information


Entry Requirements

first class honours degree or 2.1 in a relevant subject

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