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Conflict Resolution

Duration: 2 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: MA
Not suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Social Sciences
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Conflict resolution is now a global activity and concerns engaging both academics and practitioners in finding durable solutions to the most pressing conflicts of the twenty-first century.

This course attracts students from all over the world, and the optional modules reflect the key expertise of the faculty.

You will acquire subject-specific knowledge and understanding of:

  • The theories and concepts of peace and conflict and their application to global, regional and local contexts
  • The emergence, nature and significance of conflict analysis/ conflict resolution as a distinct field of academic enquiry
  • The nature of conflict and the variety of mechanisms and processes available for its management and resolution

You will also acquire a strong ability to evaluate different explanations of conflict analysis/conflict resolution and to articulate such evaluations at recognised postgraduate level.

Conflict Resolution is concerned with understanding the causes, dynamics and consequences of conflict, and employing that knowledge in practical efforts to mitigate or resolve conflict, and to respond to some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. This MA balances formal academic study and vocationally-relevant learning, opening up options for careers ranging from local mediation to work with international peacebuilding or humanitarian organisations.

Why Bradford?

  • This is a flagship course for both teaching and research in this area and has gained a global reputation for its pioneering work.
  • The MA is located in Peace Studies, a Rotary International recognised centre of expertise for teaching and research on peace and conflict issues.

Entry requirements

  • A good first degree 
  • We also give serious consideration to applicants with non-traditional backgrounds

English language requirements:

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.


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

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Core modules

  • Conflict Resolution Theory (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to Peace Studies (20 Credits)
  • Applied Conflict Resolution Skills (20 Credits)
  • Dissertation project in a topic of your choice (related to Conflict Resolution) (60 Credits)

Option modules

  • Arms Trade and Arms Control (20 Credits)
  • Fragile States and the Security-Development Nexus (20 Credits)
  • International Politics and Security Studies (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to African Politics (20 Credits)
  • Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (20 Credits)
  • Religions, Conflict and Peacemaking in a Post-secular World (20 Credits)
  • Africa Study Visit (20 Credits)
  • Cities in Conflict (20 Credits)
  • Gender, Conflict and Development (20 Credits)
  • Natural Resource Governance, Conflict and Co-operation (20 Credits)
  • Social Movements, Globalisation and Political Change (20 Credits)
  • The Authoritarian Challenge to Democracy (20 Credits)

Option Modules:

You have the opportunity to define your own engagement with the discipline by choosing from the full range of modules offered by Peace Studies. It is therefore up to you to decide what specific dimensions of peace you wish to focus on, with possible options ranging from modules on: the environment, human rights, Islam, Christianity and politics, African politics, nationalism, international political economy, international politics and security studies, conflict resolution, East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

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

A graduate of this degree will be able to:

  • explain the emergence and development of conflict resolution, with an understanding of key events or trends in the 20th and 21st centuries which have shaped the field;
  • critically analyse key theories of conflict, using theory to develop effective conflict case-studies; 
  • identify and evaluate the main approaches to ‘peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding’ that are practised and theorised within Conflict Resolution, demonstrating a critical understanding of their applications and limitations;
  • demonstrate increased competence in a range of skills relevant to professional practice in conflict resolution. 

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home / EU: £3,250 per year

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

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

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.

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.