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Security, Conflict and International Development MA, PGDip, PGCert by distance learning

Security, Conflict and International Development MA, PGDip, PGCert by distance learning

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Security Development Economics Development Politics International Studies Learning / Training Design / Development

Course type


Course Summary

Course description

This degree will provide you with the knowledge and tools to navigate the range of activities that underpin contemporary humanitarianism. Focusing on the dynamics and transformations of conflict in the 21st century, this degree explores the overlapping security, justice and developmental challenges of countries experiencing and emerging from conflict. Designed specifically for those currently working – or hoping to work – in humanitarian activities or international development, the degree explores the myriad challenges that humanitarian agencies face when operating across the world. Covering issues such as conflict prevention, security sector reform, post-conflict justice and the rule of law, this degree offers you the space to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the key challenges that confront humanitarian community today.

You will complete two core modules on ‘Contemporary Conflict Analysis’ and ‘The Political Economy of International Development’. You can then choose two option modules from our extensive list of interdisciplinary subjects, which, along with your dissertation, allow you to tailor your degree in a way that speaks to your own interests and expertise. Our postgraduate degrees are an excellent way to enhance your expertise and career prospects. A postgraduate course in politics and/or international relations provides a foundation for a wide range of career options. You may seek to use your knowledge to work in government service, international organisations or areas of political research and journalism. Or you may opt to look for employment in an unrelated field such as banking, business or teaching where your MA will be respected as a postgraduate qualification.

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Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



This module provides an advanced and comprehensive engagement with contemporary conflict analysis. Drawing upon a range of debates and contributions from anthropology, criminology, gender studies, international politics, law, psychology and sociology, the module offers an inter-disciplinary insight into the character of conflict and post-conflict transformations in the 21st century. The first part of the course gives you the opportunity to interrogate the dominant accounts of the causes of contemporary conflict. The second part focuses upon critically exploring the evolving character and practice of contemporary conflict, focusing upon a series of violent dilemmas. The final part of the course then analyses the issues that must be addressed by societies in the aftermath of violence.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

First or good second-class honours degree from a British university (or equivalent). Equivalent relevant professional experience may be considered.

University information

As a top 25 UK University, Leicester has always been home to the great minds; academics, researchers and students who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo, advance new practices, and develop a fresh way of thinking. Through the ground-breaking research of their experts, you will tackle the emerging social, economic, political and scientific issues head on and set the agenda where others simply follow. At Leicester, students aren’t...more