The MA in Conflict, Governance and Development combines the theoretical, empirical and practitioner aspects of the study of contemporary development. Its combination of disciplines and methods of study makes it ideal for students who are keen to combine a theoretical and comparative approach to development with an understanding of the applied and local-level aspects of conflict and governance. It is aimed both at those interested in research careers and at those wanting to work in the applied side of development governance in the developed or/and the developing world. The degree of complexity and choice in this course means that students can tailor their degree to fit their professional experience and aims.
The core compulsory module in The Theories and Policies of Development Governance ensures that all students will have a solid grounding in the key conceptual and practical approaches to development governance. Students will also be exposed to the research techniques used in the social sciences, and will be encouraged to develop a critical understanding of how these techniques are used to create and interpret knowledge. The module in Social and Political Issues in Development provides students with an opportunity to apply such techniques to the study of relevant development policy issues, including their practical impact on peoples' lives. The Conflict and Recovery module offers a unique chance to specialise in the study of the nature and causes of contemporary conflict as well as post-war recovery and the interaction of these with broader development themes. The MA also provides opportunity for students to choose an option among diversity of courses offered in the Department of Politics.
The course is taught by specialists in the areas of state and community governance, gender issues, social policy, conflict and recovery, and ethnicity, as well as in various regions of the world, including The Middle East, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and areas of East Asia and Eastern Europe. Option courses offer further specialisms in British public policy, and the comparative politics of the European Union and US politics.