The MA Conflict, Governance and International Development focuses on the political development goals of sustainable peace, “good governance” and stable democracy. Drawing on different theoretical approaches and various empirical examples throughout the degree programme, it asks students to critically assess alternative (and often competing) suggestions for establishing peace and inclusive, durable democracies in developing countries. Key topics in the course include inter alia the possible definitions, arguable causes and consequences of democracy; the political, social and economic effects of different political institutions; and the (typically contested) origins of violent intrastate conflicts as well as the suggestions that have been made to help overcome them.
The course adopts a unique interdisciplinary approach which is grounded in the acknowledgment that it is extremely difficult to meet international development targets in states experiencing endemic political instability, violent civil conflict, gross human rights abuses and acute crises of governance.
In addition to core modules covering issues of conflict, governance and development perspectives, students also will be able to choose from a range of optional modules covering topics such as e.g. contemporary world development, international economic policy, media and international development, perspectives on globalisation and water security for development.
The MA Conflict, Governance and International Development degree is offered over one year full-time, or two years part-time.
Our Masters courses require students to undertake 180 credits:
- Compulsory and Optional modules (120 credits)
- Examination (20 credits)
- Dissertation (40 credits)
Students will receive detailed module outlines, including information about lectures and seminars, full reading lists and assessments once they have registered at the beginning of their course.
Professional, Employability and Practical Skills
A range of optional seminars and workshops are offered during your Masters programme for the teaching and strengthening of student skills. Sessions to support learning - in particular essay and dissertation writing - occur throughout the year. Development practice training is also provided. Please click to access further information about the Skills Training and Development Practice programme.
International Development Research Groups
Research in the School of International Development addresses contemporary challenges in developing and transition economies via disciplinary and multi/interdisciplinary approaches. Please click to access further information about our International Development Research Groups and our current research projects.
“My experience has been a very positive one. The lecturers are extremely knowledgeable and supportive, and I liked being able to integrate modules with different specialities.”
Victoria, MA Conflict, Governance and International Development
- Degree Subject: Social Science
- Degree Classification: 2.1 or equivalent
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Last updated August 1, 2016