Applied Peace and Conflict Studies
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BA (Hons)
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
Are you concerned about violence, inequality and injustice in the world today? Are you wondering how we might respond to ecological crisis? Are you curious about the potential of peaceful alternatives? Would you like to develop your capacity to engage with conflict intelligently and responsibly?
The BA in Applied Peace and Conflict Studies gives you the tools and insight you need to:
- critically analyse the structures and practices that foster peaceful or unpeaceful relationships
- develop ethical and constructive responses to particular conflict situations
- reflect on your own practice with a view to continuous professional development
An exciting feature of this programme is its 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.
Our research in politics and international relations was ranked 7th out of 56 universities in the UK in terms of its impact on society and public policy (source - Research Excellence Framework, December 2014).
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.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
Find more information on our module descriptors page.
|Politics and Security Studies||International Relations||Global Politics and Development||Applied Peace and Conflict Studies|
|S1 (60 credits)||Global Issues and Challenges|
|20 credits||History of the Present|
|20 credits||States and Power||The Evolution of the International System||States and Power||Studying Peaceful and Unpeaceful Relations|
|20 credits||Analysing Violence and Security||Development, Poverty and Globalisation|
|S1||Populism and Authoritarianism||Contemporary International Relations||Power, Politics and Inequality|
|Analysing Contemporary Conflict|
|Revolutions and Regime Change||Globalisation and Global Governance||Understanding Social and Ecological Systems and Crises|
Two of the following:
Two of the following:
||The Politics of Development||Movements for Peace, Justice and Social Change|
|Applied Skills in Conflict Engagement|
|Peacebuilding, Conflict and Security||Place, Culture and Community|
|Politics and Security in Africa OR Elective||Ethics in Peace and Development Practice|
|Pathways to Professional Practice||Pathways to Professional Practice OR Politics and Security in Africa|
|The International Politics of Crisis Response|
One of the following:
Career support and prospects
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.
88% of our 2016 Peace Studies and International Development graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*
The programme 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. You’ll 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.
The average starting salary for our 2016 Peace Studies graduates was £20,571.*
*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.
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