Development and Peace Studies

BA (Hons)
Entry 2016: CCC / 240 UCAS points
Entry 2017: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS code: L920
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Social Sciences
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Overview

This degree is located within the Division of Peace Studies, an internationally recognised centre for excellence in teaching and research on peace and conflict issues.

It focuses on understanding and promoting positive changes in the economies, society and politics of countries affected by poverty, exclusion, inequality and underdevelopment.

As they are the location for many of today’s conflicts, development agencies and practitioners realise that they need to better understand conflict drivers, post-conflict reconstruction and peace-building.

The degree has a strong emphasis on the development of applied and practical skills and reflects Peace Studies’ uniquely interdisciplinary approach by offering combined study of ideas and practice in three key areas: development, peace and conflict, and economic policy and thinking.

QS World University Rankings 2016

Why Bradford?

Employers emphasise the need for intellectual skills, self-skills and interactive attributes such as teamwork or persuasiveness, and you will develop high levels of competence in many of these marketable and transferable skills.

In addition to your formal lectures, we host talks by leading economists and policymakers from international organisations such as the UN, and NGOs such as Oxfam, in collaboration with our sister departments of Economics and International Development.

The possibility of expanding your degree to encompass a fourth year of professional experience or study abroad means you can take advantage of the many contacts that staff and our international study body have with local and international government and non-governmental organisations around the world.

This additional year means you graduate with enhanced life, language, academic and educational skills, ready for postgraduate employment.

We also use our many alumni around the world to mentor and support you.

Rankings

QS World University Rankings 2016

Entry requirements

2016

Typical offer: CCC / 240 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

MMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Access to Higher Education Diploma, to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English at grade C or equivalent.

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Social Sciences and Management with Foundation Year course or our Social Sciences and Management with International Foundation Year.

English language requirements:

Minimum 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.

2017

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 112 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Social Sciences and Management with Foundation Year course or our Social Sciences and Management with International Foundation Year.

English language requirements:

Minimum 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.

 

Modules

Module name Type
Year 1
Conflict, War and Political Violencecore
Introduction to International Relationscore
Introduction to Peace Studiescore
Political Systems, Theories and Ideologiescore
Poverty, Development and Changecore
Study Skills for Peace Studies, History and Politicscore
Year 2
Conflict Research Skillscore
Development Ideas in Practicecore
Global Governanceoption
Peace and Changeoption
Political Philosophyoption
Regional Politicsoption
Responding to Conflict: Approaches, Ethics and Experienceoption
Security: Theories and Conceptsoption
The International Politics of the Cold War 1945- 1991option
Understanding Violenceoption
War, Democracy and Consensus: Britain, 1914 to the presentoption
Year 3
Dissertationcore
Democracy and Authoritarianismoption
Human Rightsoption
Peace, Conflict and Developmentoption
Peace, Ecology and Resilienceoption
Security: Threats and Security Analysisoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

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 Development 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 in the Division of Peace Studies are qualified for the full range of careers open to any social science student, including journalism, the civil service, teaching, research, the security sector, and the voluntary sector, including international organisations.

BA Development and Peace Studies graduates typically follow careers in local and international non-governmental development agencies, international bodies, education, journalism, and the civil service.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2014 Peace Studies graduates was £17,682.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2016/17:

  • Home/EU: £9,000 per year
  • International: £12,950 per year

Tuition fees are subject to government review (Home/EU) and University review (International) for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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