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Applied Peace and Conflict Studies

BA (Hons)
Entry 2018: BBB / 120 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS code: L256
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
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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.

Also available with a sandwich placement year in industry.

Why Bradford?

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.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points

BTEC Extended Diploma:


Applicants on Access Programmes:

English GCSE grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).


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
Level 4
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
Level 5
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
S2 Two of the following:
  • Technology, Violence and War
  • Peacebuilding, Conflict and Security
  • Political Violence and Terrorism
Two of the following:
  • Power Shifts: Regional and Global Challenges
  • Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • The Emergence and Dynamics of the State in International Conflict
The Politics of Development Movements for Peace, Justice and Social Change
Applied Skills in Conflict Engagement
Peacebuilding, Conflict and Security Place, Culture and Community
Level 6
S1 Dissertation
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
S2 Dissertation
The International Politics of Crisis Response
One of the following:
  • Politics and Security in the Middle East
  • Creative Conflict Resolution
  • Contemporary Development Challenges

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.

Employment statistics

88% of our 2016 Peace Studies and International Development graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

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.

Salary expectations

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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