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African Peace and Conflict Studies

Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MA
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Social Sciences
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This programme explores the nature, dynamics and complexity of the links between peace, conflict, security, development, and democratisation in Africa, with a focus on cross-cutting thematic issues including armed conflict, poverty and underdevelopment, HIV/AIDS, resources and terrorism, among others. Delivered by staff with a high profile in academic and policy circles, the programme promotes an advanced understanding of the competing theories, concepts, interpretations, discourses and policies on history, politics, conflict and development in Africa, and their application to contemporary issues in a global, regional and local context (humanitarian, developmental, peace and security related) that underlie interventions in Africa, and their consequences.

You will also acquire subject-specific knowledge and understanding of methodologies of conflict analysis, management, resolution and peace-building in an African context.

No prior knowledge of Africa or African issues is assumed.

Why Bradford?

  • The MA is located in Peace Studies, a Rotary International recognised centre of expertise for teaching and research on peace and conflict issues.
  • This degree programme is delivered by staff from the John and Elnora Ferguson Centre for African Studies (JEFCAS), our Research Centre that offers a forward-looking environment where academics, researchers, students and public and private sector entities come to gain and share knowledge of contemporary African issues.

Entry requirements

  • A good first degree
  • We also give serious consideration to applicants with non-traditional backgrounds

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


Core modules

  • Introduction to African Politics
  • Introduction to Peace Studies
  • African Security Studies
  • Dissertation project in a topic of your choice (related to African Peace and Conflict Studies) 

Option modules

  • Conflict Resolution Theory
  • Fragile States and the Security-Development Nexus
  • International Politics and Security Studies
  • Religions, Conflict and Peacemaking in a Post-secular World
  • Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding and Statebuilding
  • Africa Study Visit
  • Applied Conflict Resolutions Skills
  • Gender, Conflict and Development
  • Natural Resource Governance, Conflict and Co-operation
  • The Authoritarian Challenge to Democracy
  • Sustainable Tourism Development
  • Regional and Global Security Politics
  • Political Violence and Terrorism

You have the opportunity to define your own engagement with the discipline by choosing from the full range of modules offered by Peace Studies. It is therefore up to you to decide what specific dimensions of peace you wish to focus on, with possible options in Christianity and politics, African politics, nationalism, international political economy, international politics and security studies, conflict resolution, East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Graduates typically follow careers in education, diplomacy, development, government, with non-governmental organisations, in journalism and in peace and conflict-related work.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home / EU: £6,500
  • International: £14,900

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.