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Distance without attendance | Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom | 1 year | SEP

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Distance without attendance


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Peace Studies

Course type


Course Summary


  • Develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of a broad range of contemporary debates relevant to the study of peacebuilding and reconciliation
  • Acquire advanced abilities in critically evaluating peacebuilding and reconciliation theories and concepts and applying them to practice world-wide.
  • Participate in practical peacebuilding projects throughout the course
  • Enjoy a supportive learning environment and vibrant virtual community
  • Benefit from informed teaching staff who are all international experts within their field

The Reconciliation programmes at Winchester draw on insights from a range of academic disciplines, case studies, and cultural and faith traditions from around the world. They give you a multidisciplinary introduction to the study and practice of reconciliation and peacebuilding, with the work and experience of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace informing their design.

Drawing on insights from subject areas including psychology, religious studies and the arts, you examine key ideas and theoretical frameworks in the study of reconciliation in a wide variety of different contexts. We discuss and reflect on the pivotal relationship between theory and practice and to consider a variety of factors which impact upon the effectiveness of peacebuilding and reconciliation activities. You also have the opportunity to become involved with peacebuilding projects and organisations throughout the duration of the programme.

The supportive learning environment stems from the teaching staff who are all fully committed to providing the best learning opportunities for all students. We have a range of ways we support the learning experience of our students including one-to-one online tuition, tutorial groups and inclusive teaching practices.

We have a vibrant virtual community that includes students from all over the world. We help our students get to know each other through relationship building exercises in the beginning of the course as well as regular pair and group work and tutorial group meetings throughout the year.

Study core modules including Foundation of Reconciliation and Peacebuilding, Theories and Dynamics of Reconciliation, and Practical Bridge Building. Supplement these with options including Multi-faith Cooperation on Peacebuilding, Dialogue and Disagreement, and The Relationship between Theory and Practice. You also complete a final assessment, for which you have the option of writing a dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words; undertaking a consultancy placement with an organisation working in the field; or participating in and reflecting on a practical peacebuilding project.

The independent study allows our students to tailor their final project to their current jobs and future career choices. The dissertation demonstrates your research and critical reading, writing and thinking skills preparing you for a career in academia whereas the project and consultancy options help you connect with future employers and develop practical skills in areas such as project management, networking and report writing.


Graduates pursue careers working in the fields of international development, conflict management, peacebuilding and international relations. This work is often in international and local Non-Governmental Organisations and government, civil service and peacekeeping institutions such as the United Nations and the European Union. Destination organisations include International Press Institute, Jesuit Refugee Service and Generations for Peace, Gallup International as well as other organisations such as Church of England.


This module teaches the foundations of peace and conflict studies, and reconciliation, as well as introducing students to key study skills and research methods, such as critical thinking, academic writing, developing logical and rational arguments, and engaging with and enhancing existing scholarship. These are transferable and employable skills that will be useful to students not only throughout the programme, but also in their future careers. Students will learn about the key concepts such as theories on the causes of structural and violent conflict, different approaches and ideas about building just and sustainable peace, and the paradoxes and paradigms inherent on the more specialised area of reconciliation.

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Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study. The study of conflict resolution and peacebuilding requires the exploration of a wide range of themes and issues which cut across most subject areas and draws on a range of both qualitative and quantitative methods. It is important that applicants can demonstrate some knowledge and experience of studying and engaging with contemporary issues, and global themes and challenges, and articulate a personal and professional motivation for engaging in peacebuilding and reconciliation work.