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Peace & Conflict Studies


Study Peace and Conflict Studies at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

This programme is located within INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute). INCORE is in an active research and practice Centre, you can expect to learn from Faculty with practical and theoretical skills. Its location in Northern Ireland provides excellent opportunities for experiential learning in a society coming out of violent conflict. However, the geographical scope of INCORE’s work in research, policy, and practice is both local and global. It is a linked Postgraduate Diploma/MSc and offered in full-time.


This programme has a strong focus on post-violence peacebuilding, which is appropriate given that it is rooted in a society emerging from decades of protracted violence. However, the geographical scope of INCORE’s work in research, policy, and practice is both local and global and this is reflected in the modules offered on the programme.

The overall approach seeks to develop the critical, theoretical and analytical skills necessary for working in conflicted societies – in ways that are grounded in real life application and case studies.

For more detail on the programme visit the INCORE website .

Entry requirements

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements. For general entrance requirements go to:

Entry Requirements

Normally a first degree with a 2:2 classification or higher for entry to the MSc though applications can also be considered from students without such a degree who have extensive practical experience in relevant areas.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.



The MSc takes one calendar year. You will normally be expected to attend class for 4-5 hours on two days a week. The programme will be supplemented with seminars and lectures by visiting academics and practitioners, as well as field visits.

Careers or further progression

Career options

Students of an interdisciplinary programme such as the MSc. in Applied Peace and Conflict Studies are well placed to follow a number of distinct career opportunities, based on their specific interests and core strengths. The past decades have seen tremendous changes in the global context. As a result, the demand for well-trained individuals to work on the myriad of peace and conflict issues continues to rise. The knowledge and capacities developed by INCORE peace and conflict studies students are transferrable across sectors and regions, making their skill set mobile and flexible within a globalised job market.

There are a range of career paths available to students undertaking the MSc. in Applied Peace and Conflict Studies. The course is designed to enhance the students’ employability within the applied field of peace and conflict studies, which can take a wide variety of forms, both locally and internationally.

For more information on employment options and student success stories, visit here .

Further enquiries

Faculty Office
T: +44 (0)28 7167 5442

Course Director:Ms Grainne Kelly
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6934

Assessment method

Teaching and learning assessment

This is a linked PG Diploma/MSc. that is offered full time. The MSc is three semesters full-time. There are a range of compulsory and optional modules. The compulsory modules will introduce students to key concepts, debates and methods in this field of study, whilst the optional modules provide choice and allow students to specialise in an area that is of particular interest to them. All modules are offered at level 7, including the MSc Dissertation. The only element of progression in the programme is the move from the PG Diploma stage to the MSc stage. In order to enter the MSc. part of the programme students have to complete the Postgraduate Diploma with a mark of 50% or more. Students can exit with the PG Diploma at this stage if they so wish. The Dissertation module provides an opportunity for students to independently research and critically evaluate a specialist topic relating to Applied Peace and Conflict Studies.

For the Postgraduate Diploma students take eight fifteen point modules. In semester one there will be compulsory modules which students are required to complete and optional modules from which to choose. In semester two there are also compulsory modules and optional modules. The Postgraduate Diploma is awarded on the basis of satisfactory performance – which is a mark of 50% or above in modules that make up 120 credit points. Students who obtain a mark of 50% or above will normally be allowed to proceed to the MSc. by dissertation. Students can exit at the Diploma stage if they so wish, but the vast majority decide to move on to the MSc.

The dissertation is worth 60 credit points. The final MSc. mark is made up of both the taught modules (two-thirds) and the MSc. dissertation (one-third). A total of 180 credit points is required for the award of the MSc.

Application date

Application is directly to the University via an online system.

The deadline for submission of applications is 15th May. We will consider late applications but these may experience delays in processing.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Dates: September 2017

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