Peace and Conflict Studies (MLitt) 2018 entry

The MLitt in Peace and Conflict Studies explores the foundations of peace and conflict theory, focusing on challenges that arise in areas of peace building, peace processes, reconciliation and post-conflict reconstruction.

The application deadline for this course has been extended to 2 May 2018.
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Course type

Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt)

Course dates

  • Start date: 10 September 2018
  • End date: 30 September 2019

If you started this programme in 2017, you can find information about 2017 entry on the 2017 Peace and Conflict Studies page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.

Course duration

One year full time

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree.

If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

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Tuition fees

UK and EU: £10,360
Overseas: £20,980

Application deadline

2 May 2018. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.

Application requirements

  • CV
  • personal statement indicating your knowledge of the programme and how it will benefit you (500 words)
  • sample of academic written work (2,000 words)
  • two original signed academic references
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).

For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.

Course information

The MLitt in Peace and Conflict Studies is a one-year taught postgraduate programme run by the School of International Relations.

Highlights

  • This programme is very wide ranging to encourage students to reflect on the nature of both war and peace.
  • You will develop the skills required to analyse the roots, dynamics, key actors and issue-areas in specific conflicts and to evaluate specific responses to conflicts.
  • You will be asked to understand how the causes, nature and consequences of political violence and conflict should shape the nature of peace building strategies.

Teaching format

The programme consists of four taught modules taken over two semesters and a 15,000-word dissertation in an area of your choice.

Modules are taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials with average lecture sizes ranging from 20 to 30 students and tutorial sizes ranging from 1 to 15 students. Assessment methods include a combination of examination and coursework.

Every MLitt student is assigned a dissertation supervisor who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. 

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.

Modules

All Peace and Conflict Studies MLitt students take two compulsory and two optional modules over the course of the programme.

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

  • Issues in Peace and Conflict: focuses on issues surrounding the theorisations of security and conflict against the backdrop of an emerging globalisation. The module is concerned with examining the fundamental nature of war and peace, but it focuses on a comparative assessment of real world examples from the past and contemporary scene.
  • Theories of Peace and Conflict: analyses how and why the principal theoretical frameworks and practices employed to comprehend conflict, violence and peace building have evolved over the last decades, and situates this analysis within a series of key case studies.

Students choose two optional modules. Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University’s position on curriculum development). You may, with permission, take a module from other MLitt programmes in the School.

  • Conflict and Peace in Post-Communist Eurasia: examines where and why conflicts have arisen throughout the post-communist space, Eurasia, particularly in the Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia.
  • Conflicts, Security and Democracy in the Greater Caucasus: examines the history, languages and culture of the Caucasus.
  • The Evolution of United Nations Peacekeeping
  • Foreign Policy Analysis: covers the literature, research topics and current issues in the area of foreign policy analysis.
  • Gender and Terrorism: explores gender as a tool for the construction and maintenance of power.
  • Identity and Collective Violence: studies the concept of violence as a group or collective phenomenon.
  • Ideologies and Social Movements in the Middle East: focuses on prominent ideologies in the modern history of the Middle East, and the role ideas play in the political mobilisation of society.
  • Political Economy of Conflict: provides a political economy perspective on conflict in a developing economy.
  • Political Order and Violence in the Middle East: examines the causes and consequences of political order and violence in the Middle East.
  • Political Philosophy and World Order: explores philosophical reflections on the idea of world order through a study of key political philosophy texts.
  • Reason of State’: Origin, Nature and Career of a Concept: examines the meaning, origins, development, and significance of the notion of 'reason of state' in western political thought.
  • Religion and International Politics: investigates the so-called 'global resurgence' of politicised religion.
  • Security and Conflict in Africa: a systematic study of patterns of conflict in Africa and security concerns.
  • Terrorism and Liberal Democracy: explores the development of contemporary terrorism and the conceptional and definitional issues concerning terrorism.
  • Topics in International Political Thought: Hannah Arendt.

The final element of the MLitt is a 15,000-word dissertation. The dissertation should focus on an area of peace and conflict studies in which you are interested. Each student is supported by a relevant supervisor from the School who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation must be submitted by the end of August.

If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.


The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2018 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.

 

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Conferences and events

The School of International Relations hosts a variety of research seminars throughout the academic session to promote the work of the faculty, students and visiting speakers.

A number of student-led associations and organisations contribute to development and profile of International Relations throughout the University and the community.

Funding

Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews. 

Find out more about postgraduate scholarships. 

After the MLitt

Research degrees

In addition to the MLitt, the School offers a two-year Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree option in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in a PhD programme at St Andrews. 

The Economic and Social Research Council provides PhD studentship funding for UK students which covers university and college fees and contributes towards living costs.

PhD in International Relations

Careers

Students who have graduated from the MLitt in Peace and Conflict Studies have gone on to work in various professional fields including law, policy research and consultancy, the military, NGOs, charities, international organisations, civil service and publishing.

Recent employers of Peace and Conflict Studies graduates include:

  • Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Oxfam
  • Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Switzerland.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students in building their employability skills.

Contact information

School of International Relations
University of St Andrews
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St Andrews
KY16 9AX

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 1944
Email: irpgt@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Curriculum development

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Tuition fees

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