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MA Peace and Conflict Studies

Course Description


The MA in Peace and Conflict Studies enables students to develop the knowledge and skill base necessary to understand the links between the different levels of destructive conflict in the world. You will study the theory and practice of peacemaking and peacebuilding at the various levels, and evaluate alternative modes of action and intervention in the attempt to transform violent and destructive conflict along nonviolent and constructive channels.


Students are required to take four double modules and two single modules before proceeding to the preparation of a dissertation.

Three of the double modules are mandatory. They deal with the central concerns of the course.

Key Issues in Peace and Reconciliation Studies: focuses on the central concepts and theoretical approaches that inform the study of peace and reconciliation,
Theory and Practice of Conflict Transformation: focuses on how violent or damaging conflicts at the inter-personal and inter-group levels can be transformed into constructive processes of personal and social change,
Comparative Peace Processes: focuses on protracted social and regional conflicts within a comparative framework, enabling the student to examine the relationship between types of conflict, forms of peace settlement, and the main dilemmas of promoting reconciliation during the ‘post-peace settlement’ phase in societies and regions emerging out of destructive conflict,
Project Management for Peace and Development Agencies.
We also offer an optional double module:

Religion, Peace and Conflict focuses on the relationship between change at the individual ‘micro’ level and the 'macro' level of structural transformation, aiming in particular to enable students to evaluate different ways of envisaging the creation of a world without war based on the primacy of ‘inner’ change.
Instead of the latter, students may choose the following option:

Gender and International Human Rights;

Visit the MA Peace and Conflict Studies page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants must normally hold a second class honours degree in a relevant discipline, along with IELTS 6.5 (with nothing less than 5.5 in each component) or equivalent if English is not your first language. Applicants who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an application and assessment.

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