MA Conflict, Security and Development

University of Bradford, Faculty of Social and International Studies

Program Description

MA Conflict, Security and Development

University of Bradford, Faculty of Social and International Studies

MA Conflict, Security and Development

This course has been established in recognition of the way that concerns about the relationship between security and development have increasingly guided policy action and academic analysis on a range of issues in the post-Cold War era. Indeed, the merger of security and development is generally considered to be one of the defining features of the post-Cold War security debate.

For supporters, this conceptual merger has been central to the success of recent campaigns to raise aid, eliminate debt, address global ills such as landmines and promote human security inside weak and post-conflict states in particular.

For critics, on the other hand, the linking of development and security has unduly securitised the representation of a range of developing world actors and has legitimised a variety of quasiimperial Western interventions ranging from the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan to pervasive programmes of economic, political and societal reform inside formerly sovereign states.

Semester I

60 Credits - 2 x Compulsory Modules and 1 x Optional Module


  • Introduction to Peace Studies (20 Credits)
  • Fragile States and the Security-Development Nexus (20 Credits)



  • International Politics and Security Studies (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to African Politics (20 Credits)
  • Arms Trade and Arms Control (20 Credits)
  • Religions, Conflict and Peacemaking in a Post-Secular World (20 Credits)
  • Conflict Resolution Theory (20 Credits)

Semester II

60 Credits - 1 x Compulsory Module and 2 x Optional Modules


  • Natural Resource Governance (20 Credits)
  • Gender, Conflict and Development (20 Credits)


  • Africa Study Visit (20 Credits) 
  • African Security Studies (20 Credits)
  • Cities in Conflict (20 Credits)
  • The Authoritarian Challenge to Democracy (20 Credits)  
  • Regional and Global Security Politics (20 Credits)
  • Social Movements (20 Credits)
  • Applied Conflict Resolutions Skills (20 Credits)
  • Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (20 Credits)

Semester III

60 Credits - 1 x Compulsory Module

  • Dissertation project in a topic of your - choice related to Conflict, Security and Development (60 Credits)

Entry Requirements

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

Level of English Required

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent

Fees & Finance

Tuition Fee is £4,900 per course for UK domiciled students

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2017
4,900 GBP
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Bradford, England
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Price 4,900 GBP
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