Master of Conflict Studies
Conflict analysis, resolution and peace studies? Sounds interesting? Choose this Masters!

Master of Conflict Studies

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The Master of Conflict Studies covers theoretical and methodological approaches to conflict analysis, resolution and peace studies. You analyse a particular conflict, position it in a context of human rights and public international law, if applicable, and detect its source. Usually, you also regard the international community’s interaction towards the conflict. What institutions are involved? How do they intervene? Are there institutions, NGOs or states that deliberately intervene or neglect to do so? Has the conflict emerged over resources, culture or geostrategies? The Master of Conflict Studies teaches you all these different elements in conflict resolution in a one- to two-year study duration.

To be eligible for the course in Conflict Studies, you usually need to carry a Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in political science. However, as admission criteria and procedures vary across the many universities specialising in conflict analysis, we advise you to gather information from the universities that appeal you directly. Admission criteria may also alternate from year to year depending on the application rates, for instance.

A Conflict Studies career – where do I work?

The Master of Conflict Studies carries an interdisciplinary character, but is a political science degree course. Hence, your career prospects are similar to those of a political science major. Work in research and development, (I)NGOs, journalism and public relations, government organizations, think tanks or political institutions.

These national and international universities offer the Master of Conflict Studies:

    study programmes     universities
comprehensive profile   Democracy and Governance   comprehensive profile   University of Tartu
comprehensive profile   M.A. International Social Sciences   comprehensive profile   Theologische Hochschule Friedensau
comprehensive profile   International Security and Law   comprehensive profile   University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
comprehensive profile   International Security Studies     Universität der Bundeswehr München
  Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict and Development   comprehensive profile   Leiden University
  Global Order in Historical Perspective   comprehensive profile   Leiden University
  International Dispute Settlement and Arbitration (Advanced)   comprehensive profile   Leiden University
  Peace, Justice and Development (Advanced)   comprehensive profile   Leiden University
  Law and Politics of International Security   comprehensive profile   Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  Global Conflict in the Modern Era   comprehensive profile   Leiden University
  Crisis and Security Management   comprehensive profile   Leiden University
  International Security and Global Governance     Birkbeck, University of London
  Security, Terrorism and Insurgency     University of Leeds
  Post-Conflict Justice and Peacebuilding     University of Aberdeen
  Peacebuilding     Coventry University London
  International Law & Security     University of Dundee
  Politics and International Studies     SOAS, University of London
  Diplomacy and World Order     De Montfort University
  Military History     University of Hull
  International Security     University of Sussex
  Security, Leadership & Society     King's College London
  War and Society     Swansea University
  Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy     The University of Buckingham
  War Studies     King's College London
  War & Psychiatry     King's College London
  International Development (Conflict, Security and Development)     University of Birmingham
  Peace and Development     Leeds Beckett University
  Global Europe: Culture and Conflict     London School of Economics and Political Science
  Peace Studies     Liverpool Hope University
  Security Studies     University College London
  Peace and Conflict Studies     University of Kent
  International Security and Terrorism     University of Nottingham
  Security, Conflict and Justice     University of Leeds
  International Peace & Security     King's College London
  International Relations, Law & Security     University of Strathclyde
  Security, Conflict and Human Rights     University of Bath
  Reconciliation and Peacebuilding     University of Winchester
  Military History     University of Birmingham
  International Development with Conflict and Humanitarian Action     University of Bath
  Strategy and Security (Research)     University of Exeter
  ...     ...


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