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MAConflict Resolution

University of Bradford
United Kingdom, Bradford
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Conflict resolution is now a global activity and concerns engaging both academics and practitioners in finding durable solutions to the most pressing conflicts of the twenty-first century.

This course attracts students from all over the world, and the optional modules reflect the key expertise of the faculty.

You will acquire subject-specific knowledge and understanding of:

The theories and concepts of peace and conflict and their application to global, regional and local contexts
The emergence, nature and significance of conflict analysis/ conflict resolution as a distinct field of academic enquiry
The nature of conflict and the variety of mechanisms and processes available for its management and resolution
You will also acquire a strong ability to evaluate different explanations of conflict analysis/conflict resolution and to articulate such evaluations at recognised postgraduate level.

Conflict Resolution is concerned with understanding the causes, dynamics and consequences of conflict, and employing that knowledge in practical efforts to mitigate or resolve conflict, and to respond to some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. This MA balances formal academic study and vocationally-relevant learning, opening up options for careers ranging from local mediation to work with international peacebuilding or humanitarian organisations.

A graduate of this degree will be able to:

- explain the emergence and development of conflict resolution, with an understanding of key events or trends in the 20th and 21st centuries which have shaped the field;
- critically analyse key theories of conflict, using theory to develop effective conflict case-studies;
- identify and evaluate the main approaches to ‘peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding’ that are practised and theorised within Conflict Resolution, demonstrating a critical understanding of their applications and limitations;
- demonstrate increased competence in a range of skills relevant to professional practice in conflict resolution.

Programme structure

Modules: © = Core, (O) = Option

Semester 1 (60 Credits – 2 x © Modules and 1 x (O) Module):

Conflict Resolution Theory (20 Credits) ©
Introduction to Peace Studies (20 Credits) ©
Arms Trade and Arms Control (20 Credits) (O)
Fragile States and the Security-development Nexus (20 Credits) (O)
International Politics and Security Studies (20 Credits) (O)
Introduction to African Politics (20 Credits) (O)
Religions, Conflict and Peacemaking in a Post-secular World (20 Credits) (O)
Semester 2 (60 Credits – 1 x © Modules and 2 x (O) Modules):

Applied Conflict Resolution Skills 2 (20 Credits) ©
Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (20 Credits) ©
Africa Study Visit (20 Credits) (O)
African Security Studies (20 Credits) (O)
Cities in Conflict (20 Credits) (O)
Gender, Conflict and Development (20 Credits) (O)
Natural Resource Governance (20 Credits) (O)
Regional and Global Security Politics (20 Credits) (O)
Social Movements (20 Credits) (O)
The Authoritarian Challenge to Democracy (20 Credits) (O)
End of Semester 2 onwards (60 Credits – 1 x © Module):

Dissertation project in a topic of your choice (related to Conflict Resolution) (60 Credits) ©
Option Modules:

You have the opportunity to define your own engagement with the discipline by choosing from the full range of modules offered by Peace Studies. It is therefore up to you to decide what specific dimensions of peace you wish to focus on, with possible options ranging from modules on: the environment, human rights, Islam, Christianity and politics, African politics, nationalism, international political economy, international politics and security studies, conflict resolution, East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Career opportunities

Our programme graduates typically follow careers in education, diplomacy, government, work with non-governmental organisations, in journalism and in peace-related and mediation work.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States