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Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies MA

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Our Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies MA offers a multidisciplinary, comparative study of national, ethnic and religious conflicts in deeply divided societies. It compares case studies from the Middle East and around the world, examining the theoretical literature on the causes and consequences of conflict, conflict regulation, and internationally led and grassroots peace processes.


Key benefits
  • Additional academic development, mentoring and time to develop your intellectual interests.

  • A wide range of optional modules taught by world leading scholars in conflict resolution, conflict studies

  • Engagement with leading practitioners, including from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British Council, the media, civil society organisations.

  • Exposure to latest debates through regular public lectures organised by the department and its research clusters.

  • Strong intellectual and methodological foundations for further research. Research skills for archival research as well as qualitative and quantitative research methodologies for the social sciences.

  • Develop communication skills by presenting and disseminating research in written and oral forms to classmates, tutors, and the wider academic community.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year FT / 2 years PT, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180 / ECTS 90

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Course leaders

Dr Craig Larkin, Professor Michael Kerr & Dr Stacey Gutkowski 

 

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2979
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of War Studies

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Course detail

Description

This course examines the causes, consequences and outcomes of national, ethnic and religious conflicts in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It will give you an understanding of theories of conflict and conflict regulation in deeply divided societies and how these apply to a wide range of cases, Topics covered include, indicatively, the dynamics of nationalism, sectarianism and identity, the role of civil society in peace processes, truth and reconciliation commissions, and the role of collective memory.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Teaching
 Module Lectures, seminars and feedback  Self-study 
 Per 40 credit module  40 hours of teaching  360 hours
 Dissertation module  12 hours of dissertation supervision  588 hours

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

 

Assessment

Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected. The primary method of assessment for this course is:

  • Most 20 and 40-credit modules are assessed through a combination of essays (2,000-6,000 words), Presentation, oral vivas and / or exams

  • The dissertation module assessment will be based on a 100% dissertation assignment (up to 15,000 words).

 

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to- date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on this course page for updates.

 

Required Modules
You are required to take the following modules:

Research Methods is a not for credit module that introduces you to techniques and methodologies to conduct your research.

If you are a part-time student, you will take Conflict & Coexistence in Divided Societies and a total of 40 credit optional modules in your first year. In your second year you will take your dissertation, including the Research Methods course, and a total of 40 credit further optional modules.

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 80 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Power-Sharing Agreements in Deeply Divided Societies (20 credits)
  • Divided Cities, Contested States: Urban Violence and Transformations in the Middle East (20 credits)
  • Culture, religion and identity in contemporary conflicts (20 credits)
  • Approaches to Understanding Violence & Atrocities in African Civil Wars (20 credits)
  • Comparative Civil Wars (40 credits)
  • State Failure & State Building (20 credits)
  • Transitional Justice & International Criminal Law (20 credits) 
  • Conflict Development & Islam in Russia, the Causcasus & Central Asia (40 credits) 
  • Gender in Interantional Politics & Security (20 credits)
  • Or others from around 50 modules offered within the Department of War Studies

 

Entry requirements & how to apply

Conflict Resolution Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1 

Minimum 2:1 honours undergraduate degree in such an appropriate subject as history, politics, international relations or languages. In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have professional or voluntary experience will also be considered. Mature candidates will be considered favourably.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

Your application will be assessed by the programme's admissions committee. We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks of receiving all the required documents, though during February and March applications may take longer due to the volume we receive at this time.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. 

In your personal statement you should explain fully your motivation for applying to the MA Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies at King's, and how you believe it will contribute to your own intellectual and professional development. You should also explain how you believe your own experience and qualifications would make you well placed to benefit from this MA programme. If you have identified a likely dissertation topic at the time of applying, you may also use part of the personal statement to briefly outline your research ideas.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

 

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019. Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 26 July 2019 or from UK/EU nationals after 30 August 2019.

 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £12,300 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £25,500 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £6,150 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £12,750 per year (2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs
  • Non-compulsory field trip fee and associated subsistence costs
  • Non-compulsory travel and subsistence costs for dissertation fieldwork in UK or abroad

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

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Career prospects

Our graduates take the skills that they develop to become leaders in the public and private sectors, academia, government, diplomacy and journalism. Students on our MA courses have gone on to build careers in further academic research, NGOs, civil service, NATO, UN, media and publishing, finance and investment, teaching, and the armed forces.

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