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Peace and Conflict Studies with Early Years PgDip/MSc

Course Description

This master's programme will build upon participants' understanding of the origins, context and changing nature of conflict by providing a particular focus on child development issues and the impact of conflict on young children, their families and communities. It will also highlight a range of successful early childhood peacebuilding interventions and provide participants with the knowledge and skills to adopt a child rights based approach to programme and policy development. It also aims to develop leadership and capacity in participants in order to advocate for children’s rights and promote peace and social justice through programs working for young children.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/peace-and-conflict-studies-with-early-years-9073

Course detail

- Description -

This is a linked Postgraduate Diploma/MSc that is offered in both full-time and part-time mode. It is offered in collaboration with Early Years, which is the largest organisation in Northern Ireland for young children. Only the first semester of this programme will involve classroom based teaching. Semester two is offered fully online.

This programme is located within INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute). INCORE is in an active research and practice Centre, you can expect to learn from Faculty with practical and theoretical skills. Its location in Northern Ireland provides excellent opportunities for experiential learning in a society coming out of violent conflict. However, the geographical scope of INCORE’s work in research, policy, and practice is both local and global.

- Purpose -

This programme is aimed, in particular, at individuals who wish to specialise in the effects of conflict on young children and the development of effective programmes to enhance practice and outcomes for young children or are professionals who are already working in community based organisations, early years organisations or research and academia who wish to deepen their knowledge of conflict and its impact on young children.

Career options

It is envisaged that graduates from the Masters who are not already employed in this sector would progress into early years related settings or service providers or seek employment in children related non-governmental organisations such as: Save the Children; UNICEF; Plan International and War Child. In Northern Ireland, career opportunities exist in such organisations as: Children in Northern Ireland; Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People; Early Years; Early years and pre-school settings; Action for Children; National Children's Bureau; NSPCC; Children's Law Centre; Department of Education; and the Education and Training Inspectorate.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
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4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
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Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five or ten equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway


A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

Visit the Peace and Conflict Studies with Early Years PgDip/MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a first degree with a 2ii classification or higher for entry to the MSc though applications can also be considered from students without such a degree who have extensive practical experience in relevant areas.English Language requirements for international students: IELTS 6.0. English language entry requirements: View Website

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