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Advanced Practice in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution

Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MA
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Social Sciences
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Are you concerned about violence, inequality and injustice in the world today? Are you curious about the potential of peaceful alternatives? Would you like to develop your capacity to engage with conflict intelligently and responsibly?

This Master's in Applied Peace and Conflict Studies will develop you into a skilful practitioner, able to critically analyse the structures and practices that foster peaceful or unpeaceful relationships, develop ethical and constructive responses to particular conflict situations, and reflect on your own practice with a view to continuous professional development.

The programme offers a strong applied dimension - throughout your studies you will have opportunities to develop research and analytical skills, real-life problem-solving capacities, and the personal and interpersonal skills needed for ethical and effective peace work.

The curriculum has been designed with reference to relevant professional standard frameworks in the fields of peace, conflict and development. By the end of your studies you will have developed a portfolio of work that demonstrates your competencies within these frameworks, and be well-placed to access a range of career opportunities, both in further academic research and in peace and conflict work at local, national and international levels.

Why Bradford?

The programme is informed and enriched both by the expertise of academic staff and by the experience of practitioners in our field (including our many alumni doing relevant work), and you will be able to access and learn from both. To encourage this, the programme cultivates the ethos of an engaging and inclusive learning community that is responsive to different learning styles and allows each participant to develop to their full potential.

We bring 40 years of expertise in the study of peace and conflict as the oldest Peace Studies teaching department in the world, along with a dynamic International Development teaching, research and knowledge transfer programme. We have ongoing projects and partnerships with international development agencies across the world.

The academic theme of Sustainable Societies is a key research area at the University of Bradford. The programme is enriched by work conducted by a number research groups and clusters, which enable students to engage with the detailed policy work being undertaken at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Conflict is a cross-cutting theme in the work of many staff, including within different area-based research projects, making possible a rich interdisciplinary programme.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate qualification at 2:2 or above (or equivalent).

Relevant professional or voluntary experience would be desirable.

English language requirements:

IELTS 6.0.

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.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Semester 1

  • Designing and Assessing Conflict Intervention Processes. Core
  • Applied Conflict Research. Core
  • Elective

Semester 2

  • Skills for Constructive Conflict Engagement. Core
  • Creative Conflict Transformation. Optional
  • Natural Resource Governance. Optional
  • Movements for Social and Ecological Justice. Optional
  • Post-Conflict Peacebuilding. Optional
  • Gender Peace and Development. Optional
  • African Study Visit. Optional

Note: African Political and Security Dynamics is offered as an option in S1 and it is advised that students going on the Africa Study Visit either take or audit this course.

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 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

There is an increasing demand for professional education relating to careers in peace and humanitarian work internationally. You’ll develop the skills required by employers in this area, such as conflict analysis, leadership and decision-making, making you highly employable as a graduate.

The programme also designed to meet the needs and expectations of early/mid-career professionals looking to take the next step in their career.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £6,680
  • International: £15,650

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

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.