Our MA programme provides you with a comprehensive understanding of international conflict. It aims to combine theory and practice, providing advanced engagement with the theoretical and philosophical aspects of the subject as well as training in the investigation and analysis of specific cases of conflict. It enables you to engage critically with the application of social and political theory in developing an understanding of the origins, dynamics and resolution of international and transnational conflict and political violence.
You will examine the impact of globalisation on the complexities of present-day conflict; the politics of identity and how it relates to the emergence of violent conflict; the relationship between security, insecurity and the politics of violence at international level; the politics of security and how this relates to human rights and policies surrounding migration; the relationship between language and violent conflict; the place of cultural and gender difference in relation to conflict and peace, as well as the political and ethical implications of the diverse theoretical and methodological approaches in the study of conflict, violence, and peace.
After specialising in this field you emerge with advanced knowledge of the intellectual tools necessary for the understanding of late modern conflict and political violence, and the capacity to utilise these in innovative thinking relating to the specific issue areas confronting global society in the present era.
The programme director is the head of the Centre for International Relations, one of the research centres in the Department of War Studies.
Our programme provides you with a comprehensive understanding of international conflict. It is designed to have broad-ranging appeal if you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in international relations and conflict studies. You who may also find this programme to be of interest if you are a graduate in political science, history, international relations and economics, if you have experience in development and if you have worked with international organisations.
Course format and assessment
Most of the 20-credit modules will be assessed by one 4,000-word essay or two 2000-word essays. However, some 20-credit modules will be assessed on class participation and attendance, oral vivas or exams, or a combination of these.
Most 40-credit modules are assessed through a combination of essays (3,000-6,000 words), class participation and attendance, oral vivas and exams.
The dissertation module assessment will be on the research proposal (10%) and the dissertation (up to 15,000 words) (90%) for some programmes or solely on the dissertation for others.