Conflict Transformation & Social Justice

This is a unique and innovative interdisciplinary programme taught through subject areas that include law, anthropology, English, history, philosophy, politics, psychology, sociology and the creative arts. Module choice within the programme will permit you to build your own personalised portfolio of knowledge and learning within the area of conflict transformation and social justice. You will be taught by academics and practitioners whose expertise is both national and global and who offer research-led teaching in areas of conflict in Europe, Asia, and South America. Queen's University offers the only global interdisciplinary MA programme on Conflict Transformation and Social Justice.

Course Structure
Students may enrol on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years) basis. Students must complete two core modules (40 CATS points), four optional modules (80 CATS points) and a research dissertation (60 CATS points).

The MA is awarded to students who successfully complete six taught modules (120 CATS points) and a research dissertation (60 CATS points).

Exit qualifications are available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught modules.

Subjects taught

The information below is intended as an example only, featuring module details for the current year of study (2023/24). Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes – revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

Year 1
Core Modules
Approaches to Research Design(20 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules
Social Injustice (20 credits)
The Politics and Institutions of Northern Ireland (20 credits)
Conflict Mediation and Transformation (20 credits)
Institutions and Politics of the European Union (20 credits)
The Politics and Political Economy of Energy and Low Carbon Energy Transitions (20 credits)
The Politics of the Republic of Ireland (20 credits)
Anthropology of Business (20 credits)
Global Concepts and Practice of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (20 credits)
Religion and Peacebuilding (20 credits)
Comparative Human Rights (20 credits)
Democratic Innovations (20 credits)
Policing and Crime Prevention (20 credits)
Anthropology of Conflict: Ireland and Beyond (20 credits)
The Anthropology of Music (20 credits)
Theoretical Criminology (20 credits)
Gender and Politics (20 credits)
Conflict Intervention (20 credits)
Cultural Policy: International Perspectives (20 credits)
Conflict and Change in Northern Ireland: New Sociological Research (10 credits)
Algorithms and Society (10 credits)
Global Political Economy (20 credits)
Global Terrorism (20 credits)
Inequality and Emotions (10 credits)

Entry requirements

Normally at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in an Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences discipline or another cognate subject area.

Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may be admitted if they hold a Master's degree, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, or if they have 3 years' relevant working experience in the field of conflict transformation, youth work, social justice or related experience in community engagement or public service delivery.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 16th August 2024 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.


1 year (Full Time), 3 years (Part Time)

Enrolment dates

Entry Year: 2024/25

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Career Prospects
Our MA will equip you with the knowledge and skills to pursue a range of careers in the private, public and voluntary sectors, domestically and internationally, including working in peacebuilding organisations, charities, international development agencies, journalism, social and community work, dispute resolution, counselling, policing, politics and policy development, law, teaching, religious ministry, research, and doctoral study/academia.

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    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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