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Reconciliation (MA/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

The MA Reconciliation programme at Winchester draw on insights from a range of academic disciplines, case studies and cultural, spiritual and faith traditions from around the world.

Programme Content

The programmes offer a multidisciplinary introduction to the study and practice of reconciliation and peacebuilding, with the work and
experience of St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace informing their design. Drawing on insights from subject areas including psychology, religious studies and the arts, students are encouraged to examine key ideas and theoretical frameworks in the study of reconciliation in a wide variety of different contexts.

Students are supported in identifying and understanding the root causes of conflict, and in critically assessing a range of methods and practices which have the potential to turn violent and destructive conflict into positive and sustainable outcomes. Students are encouraged to reflect on the pivotal relationship between theory and practice and to consider a variety of factors which impact upon the effectiveness of peacebuilding and reconciliation activities.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/ma-reconciliation.aspx


- Research Methods and Skills
- Understanding the Nature and Causes of Conflict
- Theories and Dynamics of Reconciliation
- Practice Part 1: Skills for Reconciliation
- Practice Part 2: Community Building and Reconciliation
- Building Networks of Peace
- Multi-faith Cooperation onPeacebuilding
- Religion and Development

Learning and Teaching

The programme is taught by a team of highly qualified and enthusiastic staff who include internationally renowned scholars working in the areas of reconciliation and peacebuilding. The programme is delivered through a combination of distance and blended learning. Participation in practical modules requires intensive periods of attendance. All students have access to dedicated tutors and can converse with other students through the University's Learning Network and online forums.


Types of assessment include portfolios, presentations, reflective journals, practical work, essays and reports. There are no examinations. For the final assessment students have the option of completing a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words; undertaking a consultancy placement with an organisation working in the field; or participating in and reflecting on a practical peacebuilding project.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


Graduates pursue careers working in the fields of international development, conflict management, peacebuilding and international relations. This work is often in international and local Non-Governmental Organisations and government, civil service and peacekeeping institutions such as the United Nations and European Union.

Visit the Reconciliation (MA/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study. If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent.

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