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Conflict, Security and Development MA

Conflict, Security and Development MA

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Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

War Studies Security Development Politics

Course type


Course Summary

This course analyses the complex relationships at the heart of development and security in the Global South.

We have an interdisciplinary perspective on questions of peace, vulnerability, and insecurity. You will gain a grounding in concepts of conflict, security, and development. You will explore:

  • how cycles of insecurity and violence affect development
  • difficulties faced by various organisations negotiating spirals of violence and insecurity (for example during armed intervention, aid provision, peace-building processes or post conflict reconstruction)
  • whether underdevelopment in the Global South facilitates the international spread of terrorist and criminal networks.

You will benefit from our cutting-edge research, international faculty, and distinctive programme of events. We host the Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research, the Centre for Advanced International Theory, and the Centre for Global Political Economy. You can also make use of our strong working relationships with many alumni, collaborators, and partner organisations around the world.


Our MA is ideal for you if you wish to pursue a career in development, peacebuilding, international affairs, journalism, or academic research. Or if you have a general interest in insecurity in the Global South.

Graduate destinations

Recent Conflict, Security and Development MA graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • associate project officer, OSCE
  • humanitarian programme manager, Solidarités International
  • policy adviser, Cabinet Office, UK.


This module provides you with training in social science research methods (generic as well as specific to their dissertation research) as well as with a set of professional skills that prepare you for a professional career. The module is run as a series of half-day workshops from which you select three workshops to match your specific needs, depending on disciplinary orientation, previous training and experience, future employment plans and personal interests. The workshops will cover a wide range of topics. The social research methods workshops will include interviewing, ethnographic methods, participatory research techniques, and questionnaire design. The professional skills workshops will include, for example, stakeholder engagement, sustainable livelihoods analysis, environmental impact assessment, project planning, and private sector consulting. The professional skills will also help to prepare those students planning to take a work placement over summer. As part of the module, you will also receive a workshop on dissertation planning and design.

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Entry requirements

Degree requirements: You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement.