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Peace Studies and International Development

Peacemaker? Troublemaker? Changemaker?

The Division of Peace Studies and International Development combines both one of the oldest Peace Studies teaching departments in the world and the legacy of BCID – the Bradford Centre for International Development, a Centre of global reputation which has seen knowledge transfer and the study of applied development practice since 1969.

We have innovative Master's programmes in peace studies - international relations, political violence, conflict resolution and security studies and development studies, such as sustainable development, economics and finance for development, and project planning and management. What makes PSID unique is the merger of the disciplines as can be experienced through our programmes, allowing the student to explore interconnectedness of issues and chose what fits the learners’ interest best.

The world comes to Bradford, we are extremely proud that our students cover over 50 nationalities. The chance to meet people of different backgrounds and experience is unparalleled and makes PSID a very rich learning environment.

The Division also boasts one of the six Rotary Peace Centres worldwide and is a founding member of the Rotary Peace Centres network.

If you are looking for a Master's or research degree in a truly global city then you should come to the University of Bradford. The Division of Peace Studies and International Development provides a stimulating and innovative environment. Apply or contact us today.

Why Peace Studies and International Development?

We are one of world’s oldest university centres for the study of peace and international Development. The Division of Peace Studies and International Development have a world-class reputation for research. We are also one of the UK’s leading politics departments.


Academic staff have a global profile and undertake regular media interviews, as well as advising governments, international organisations and nongovernmental organisations around the world, based on cutting edge research on critical issues in line with the division’s broad ranging but methodologically focused expertise.


We will engage you critically in practical and policy debates, simulations and group exercises, focusing on developing an understanding of key global problems in the 21st century. We host lectures by leading policymakers from international organisations such as the UN and NGOs such as Oxfam. We also host PeaceJam, an exciting and innovative international peace education programme for schools and youths in the UK. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) Peace Studies was ranked 7th nationally for impact and 15th position out of 56 universities nationwide for research environment.


We offer a number of Undergraduate Programmes and MA courses and take roughly 50 new undergraduate, and 70 new postgraduate students each year. You therefore have every opportunity to focus on those aspects of peace and international development that are of particular interest to you. Our international reputation means that we attract students from all over the world and with a wide range of different backgrounds.


During your time with us you will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide academic and pastoral support. A dissertation supervisor will work with you to develop your dissertation and takes over the role of personal tutor. The department has a dedicated student liaison assistant.


PSID alumni are some of the most influential and well known leaders and thinkers worldwide.  We pride ourselves on forging great links with our Alumni. We hold a series of events for our alumni as well as getting contributions to the PSID blog. If you wish to be part of our Alumni database or would be keen to be part of our ‘Alumni snapshot’ page please let us know.