The MLitt and MPhil in Peacebuilding and Mediation are run by the School of International Relations. The programmes showcase the School’s world-leading research strengths in the broad field of peace and conflict studies, including in peacebuilding and mediation of conflict.
In this course, you will:
- analyse bottom-up and top-down approaches to conflict mediation
- conceptualise peace and its relationship to violence
- analyse relationships between formal institutions of peacebuilding and parallel informal or unofficial processes
- identify key actors involved in peacebuilding and mediation efforts
- engage with bottom-up approaches to building peace
- explore feminist and decolonial critiques of formal peace processes
- critically engage with temporalities and spaces of peace and violence.
- The focus of this programme on peacebuilding and mediation ensures that the study of conflict focuses not only on violence, its actors, and modalities, but also on the different insights deriving from critical engagement with processes of peace.
- The programme is strongly influenced by postcolonial, feminist and critical theory.
- The programme locates and analyses both global and more local cases of peacebuilding and mediation, building on Scottish strengths of community-based mediation, conflict resolution, and peace promotion.
- The opportunity to benefit from the expertise of a practitioner-in-residence in peacebuilding and mediation, and from active engagement in the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at St Andrews.
Year 1 (MLitt and MPhil)
Both programmes consist of four taught modules taken over two semesters. Modules are taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials.
Average lecture sizes range from 20 to 30 students, and tutorial sizes range from 1 to 15 students.
Assessment methods include a combination of examination and coursework.
During the summer of Year 1, MLitt students will complete a 15,000-word dissertation in an area of their choice. Every 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.
Year 2 (MPhil only)
Students studying for the MPhil will also complete one semester abroad at a partner institute in Europe. Subject to availability, students might be able to undertake study placements with current partners, such as:
- Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany
- University of Hamburg – Institute for Peace Research and Security Studies, Hamburg, Germany
- University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
- The Swedish Defence University, Stockholm, Sweden.
MPhil students will also complete a semester of research practice placement either abroad or within the UK. You will choose from pre-approved academic and practitioner partners but can, with permission, propose and arrange your own research practice placement.
The goal of the practice placement extends beyond work experience and is instead designed around a research collaboration between the student and research practice partner. Assessment will be based on the submission of a substantive final research report (70%) and an additional reflexive writing assignment of 3,500 words focused on the practice-based learning that has occurred during the placement (30%).
During the summer of Year 2, MPhil students will complete a 15,000-word dissertation in an area of their choice. Every student is assigned a dissertation supervisor 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 of Year 2 of the MPhil programme.