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Peace and Conflict Studies PgCert, PGDip, MA

Peace and Conflict Studies PgCert, PGDip, MA

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Distance with attendance


24 months

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Peace Studies War Studies

Course type


Course Summary


The MA in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, is rooted in Coventry’s history as a ‘City of Peace and Reconciliation’. This is the Centre’s most established postgraduate course. It provides students from all over the world with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of issues, theories and practices relating to peace and conflict. you will be taught how to apply theory and draw on case studies to aid peacebuilding in complex situations. The programme is designed to enhance the skills and abilities of people seeking to achieve and strengthen peace in their local communities and around the world.

The MA is a blended learning course – a mixture of distance and face-to-face study – allowing you the flexibility to integrate your studies with work and personal commitments. We also provide the opportunity to study through our fast-track (APEL*) route which can allow you to gain accreditation for your prior experience and learning, taking into account what you have achieved in your career so far.

Qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies (8 months by blended/distance-learning).
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies (16 months by blended/distance-learning).
  • Full Term MA Peace and Conflict Studies (24 months by blended/distance-learning).
  • Fast-Track MA Peace and Conflict Studies (16 months with APEL by blended/distance-learning, omitting the PG Dip stage).

Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip exit awards during this course.

Career prospects

The MA in Peace and Conflict Studies is currently taught by experts in the broad field of peace and conflict studies and is informed by their research, practice and activism. The programme provides students with a deeper insight into theoretical and practical challenges in contemporary peacebuilding.

The course seeks to create a learning community sharing and debating ideas and challenges with academic staff, alumni and current students during the course and long after it has concluded. The course provides practitioners with opportunities to broaden their professional network and draw on the experience of other practitioner students. We consider this to be useful in the workplace and gaining a formally accredited Postgraduate qualification may enhance career progression. This course equips students who have an interest in peace and conflict with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to work for a broad range of organisations such as 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 groups, faith-based organisations, community organisations, the private sector, think tanks and academia.


This module develops your critical understanding of the key concepts of peace, conflict and security and examines your application to contemporary problems. You will be presented with insights from a range of disciplines on both the causes and consequences of conflict and the practices which aim to address the problem of violence in all its forms.

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Entry requirements

All 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.).

University information

Coventry University is a well-established higher education institution located in the West Midlands. As the UK’s fastest growing university, and the 6th largest overall, Coventry offers students a wide range of postgraduate courses, award-winning facilities and an extremely high standard of teaching. The main campus is in the heart of Coventry, a truly global metropolitan city with a diverse and dynamic student population. The university...more

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