The MA Peace and Conflict Studies is the flagship programme at Coventry University’s largest research centre, the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. It aims to provides students with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of issues, theories and practices in peace and conflict, and to develops the ability to apply theory and case studies to peacebuilding in complex situations. The programme is designed to enhance the skills, knowledge and competencies of those working to achieve and strengthen peace around the world.
The MA is studied through blended learning – a mixture of face-to-face and distance study – allowing students to study flexibly around work and personal commitments. We also provide the opportunity to study through our fast-track (APEL*) route which allows students to gain accreditation for their prior experience and learning, including what they have achieved in their careers so far.
*Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is the process by which Coventry University awards credits towards a qualification based on a student’s prior learning and experience in, for example, their career, previous qualifications and other, relevant life experience. For this course, Coventry University is able to award a third of the credits of the qualification based on a student’s reflection on the outcomes of their prior experience and learning, providing a fast-track option and an opportunity to complete a master’s degree in 16 months rather than 2 years. For more information on our APEL route or this course, contact our team on email@example.com or speak to Heather, our Postgraduate Programmes Manager, on +44 (0) 2477659059.
The MA Peace and Conflict studies is the flagship programme at Coventry University’s largest research centre, the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. The programme builds on the critical history and legacy of Coventry, known worldwide as the City of Peace and Reconciliation and, as such, is underpinned by a commitment to promoting integrity and courage in today’s society.
The programme aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge and an understanding of peace and conflict theories, issues and practices, and to develop the ability to apply theory and case studies to peacebuilding in complex situations. It is designed to enhance the skills, knowledge and competencies of those working to achieve and enhance peace around the world.
As well as being active researchers in this dynamic field, our teaching team has a wealth of experience as practitioners in peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Our team works hard to provide a highly interactive and supportive learning environment, focusing on the skills and knowledge that help enhance students’ practice and careers. Building upon their existing experience, this programme aims to equip students to develop key skills and personal attributes for a wide variety of careers, which could include international development, all levels of government, charities and social movements. If you’re looking to study peace and conflict, Coventry University is the place to come.
If you take the full route, the whole course will take two years. If you take the APEL fast track however, you don’t study the PGDip and you start all modules within one 12 month period.
The MA in Peace and Conflict Studies is taught by experts in the broad field of peace and conflict studies and is informed by their research, practice and activism. As such, the programme is able to provide a deeper insight into both theoretical and practical perspectives of the contemporary peacebuilding challenges.
Further to this, the course ultimately seeks to create a learning community, where ideas can be interchanged and debated amongst academic staff, alumni, and current students, lasting well beyond the timespan of the academic programme itself.
If you are already a practitioner, you will have the opportunity to broaden your professional network, which is very likely to be useful to you in the workplace, whilst also gaining a formal accredited postgraduate qualification, which may be required for further progression in your career. If you are an individual with an interest in peace and conflict, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter into jobs within a broad spectrum of organisations, including: international non-government organisations, multi-national government organisations like the United Nations, regional communities such as the European Union or the Economic Community of West African States, faith group organisations, community organisations, the private sector, think tanks, and indeed also academia.
ll applications will be evaluated individually with admissions decisions made by CTPSR. Admission decisions are based on the entry criteria elaborated below and an evaluation of the required application documents. Ordinarily, the minimum entry criteria for each stage (PGCert, PGDip & MA) of the Peace and Conflict Studies programme are as follows:
Applicants should hold a 2:2 or above degree (or equivalent international grade/qualification), from a recognised University, preferably in a social science subject (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Security Studies, International Relations, Politics, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Studies, etc.).
For non-UK applicants, the entry requirement is English language proficiency at IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Where applicants do not hold up-to-date IELTS certification, we will look at whether an applicant has previously studied and successfully completed a Higher Education qualification in English. Where an applicant does not hold such a qualification entry will be at the discretion of the Course Director and subject to a review of documentation and an interview. Please call or email our team if you have questions about this requirement – contact details below.
Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning:
To be eligible for AP(E)L an applicant must have a minimum of five (5) years evidenced working experience in a relevant field to Peace and Conflict Studies and be operating in a relevant role at the level of mid-management or above at the time of application, or have operated within a relevant role at the level of mid-management or above within 12 months of the time of application. An eligible applicant seeking AP(E)L will be assessed by a portfolio and admissions interview, alongside their capacity to complete the programme successfully.
For further information on eligibility and the application process please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Apply
Prior to submitting an application please ensure you have the following supporting documents ready to upload:
The documents above are required to make an initial application, however further documentation may be requested from applicants in cases where additional information is required to support course entry decisions.
*this must be sent directly by the referee to email@example.com. Please ensure you read the guidance which can be found under the entry requirements section, particularly if you wish to apply for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL – Please see section ‘Entry Requirements’ above).
For further information:
Dr Heather Baggaley
Postgraduate Programmes Manager
+44 (0) 2477659059
English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 or above. Pre-sessional English is available if required.
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|MBA||September, January and May||£18,600|
|MSc||September and January||£16,600|
|MSc with Extended Professional Practice||September and January||£16,700|
|Undergraduate Degree||September and January||£13,900|
|Undergraduate Top-up Degree||September and January||£13,900|
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|Average Accomodation & Food Costs in UK||£850 to £1,050 a month|
|Entrance Exams in UK||TOEFL: 88 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 59 | GMAT: 590|
|Work and Study in UK||Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.|
|Post Study Work Permit in UK||2 Year after graduation depending on the course.|
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