MSc Peace and Conflict Studies

Information on our Masters Programme MSc Peace and Conflict studies

This internationally renowned programme based on the Jordanstown campus, just outside Belfast city, is offered by leading academics from the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), at Ulster University.

The MSc in Peace and Conflict Studies is an internationally renowned, long-established and exceptionally high quality programme which offers the student a unique opportunity to undertake an interdisciplinary graduate programme characterised by academic excellence, within the context of a vibrant and culturally rich society emerging from conflict.


Global appeal

This programme attracts students from a wide range of countries and a wide variety of academic backgrounds, drawn to the international reputation of INCORE as a centre of excellence in both research and practice.

INCORE was founded in 1993 and has established itself internationally and locally as a vibrant and vital interdisciplinary centre and has generated considerable intellectual capital, building on its geographical and institutional assets.

INCORE’s international credibility has helped to place Ulster University at the forefront of research, resource provision, teaching and training, and policy, practice and capacity-building on the transition from conflict to peace in violently divided societies.

Develop your skills

Students in the programme have access to leading academics and practitioners working to address both the causes and consequences of conflict locally and internationally, and to promote better peacemaking and peace-building strategies.

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.

The experience of engaging with leading academics and practitioners in the field is a hallmark of the programme and the location of the programme in Northern Ireland ensures that there is an open door between classroom and experiential learning.

The programme stresses the development of skills relevant to graduates who want to go on to be practitioners, researchers and policymakers in the peace and conflict field.

The INCORE MSc. in Peace and Conflict Studies offers the student a unique opportunity to undertake a graduate programme characterized by academic excellence within the context of a vibrant and culturally rich society emerging from conflict.

INCORE is honoured to host Honorary Professor of Peace Studies, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, John Hume. Professor Hume’s tenure has been notable for an array of high-profile Peace Lectures by prominent global policymakers involved in peace and conflict issues. These include former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, President Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Clinton, former EU Commission President Romano Prodi and the Irish President Mary McAleese.

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The John J Sweeney Scholarship

The John J Sweeney Scholarship supports students enrolled to study full-time on the MSc in Peace and Conflict Studies