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The course offers unique opportunity to study peace and conflict in a vibrant society emerging from a violent past.
Study Peace and Conflict Studies at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.
This programme is located within INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute). INCORE is in an active research and practice Centre, you can expect to learn from Faculty with practical and theoretical skills. Its location in Northern Ireland provides excellent opportunities for experiential learning in a society coming out of violent conflict. However, the geographical scope of INCORE’s work in research, policy, and practice is both local and global. It is a linked Postgraduate Diploma/MSc and offered in full-time.
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About this course
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This programme has a strong focus on post-violence peacebuilding, which is appropriate given that it is rooted in a society emerging from decades of protracted violence. However, the geographical scope of INCORE’s work in research, policy, and practice is both local and global and this is reflected in the modules offered on the programme.
The overall approach seeks to develop the critical, theoretical and analytical skills necessary for working in conflicted societies – in ways that are grounded in real life application and case studies.
For more detail on the programme visit the INCORE website.
The MSc takes one calendar year. You will normally be expected to attend class for 4-5 hours on two days a week. The programme will be supplemented with seminars and lectures by visiting academics and practitioners, as well as field visits.
- September 2017
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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Normally a first degree with a 2:2 classification or higher for entry to the MSc though applications can also be considered from students without such a degree who have extensive practical experience in relevant areas.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Teaching and learning assessment
This is a linked PG Diploma/MSc. that is offered full time. The MSc is three semesters full-time. There are a range of compulsory and optional modules. The compulsory modules will introduce students to key concepts, debates and methods in this field of study, whilst the optional modules provide choice and allow students to specialise in an area that is of particular interest to them. All modules are offered at level 7, including the MSc Dissertation. The only element of progression in the programme is the move from the PG Diploma stage to the MSc stage. In order to enter the MSc. part of the programme students have to complete the Postgraduate Diploma with a mark of 50% or more. Students can exit with the PG Diploma at this stage if they so wish. The Dissertation module provides an opportunity for students to independently research and critically evaluate a specialist topic relating to Applied Peace and Conflict Studies.
For the Postgraduate Diploma students take eight fifteen point modules. In semester one there will be compulsory modules which students are required to complete and optional modules from which to choose. In semester two there are also compulsory modules and optional modules. The Postgraduate Diploma is awarded on the basis of satisfactory performance – which is a mark of 50% or above in modules that make up 120 credit points. Students who obtain a mark of 50% or above will normally be allowed to proceed to the MSc. by dissertation. Students can exit at the Diploma stage if they so wish, but the vast majority decide to move on to the MSc.
The dissertation is worth 60 credit points. The final MSc. mark is made up of both the taught modules (two-thirds) and the MSc. dissertation (one-third). A total of 180 credit points is required for the award of the MSc.
Careers & opportunities
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Students of an interdisciplinary programme such as the MSc. in Applied Peace and Conflict Studies are well placed to follow a number of distinct career opportunities, based on their specific interests and core strengths. The past decades have seen tremendous changes in the global context. As a result, the demand for well-trained individuals to work on the myriad of peace and conflict issues continues to rise. The knowledge and capacities developed by INCORE peace and conflict studies students are transferrable across sectors and regions, making their skill set mobile and flexible within a globalised job market.
There are a range of career paths available to students undertaking the MSc. in Applied Peace and Conflict Studies. The course is designed to enhance the students’ employability within the applied field of peace and conflict studies, which can take a wide variety of forms, both locally and internationally.
For more information on employment options and student success stories, visit here.
Fees and funding
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Fees (total cost)
Important notice - fees information
Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy
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Where the postgraduate course selected offers multiple awards (e.g. PG Cert, PG Dip, Master’s), please note that the price displayed is for the complete master’s programme. Postgraduate certificates and diplomas are charged at a pro-rata basis. Find out more
Scholarships, awards and prizes
For details of the John J. Sweeney Scholarship please click here.
For details of the Rotary Club of Londonderry Peace Scholarship at Ulster University click here.
The Tom Finnegan Peace Prize is awarded for the best academic performance.
Additional mandatory costs
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.
T: +44 (0)28 7167 5442
Course Director:Ms Grainne Kelly
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6934
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