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King's College London - Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy MA in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies
King's College London - Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

MA in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies

London, United Kingdom

1 Years


Full time, Part time

Sep 2024

GBP 33,258 / per year **


* first application deadline

** UK students: £18,258 per year | International students: £33,258 per year


This Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies MA is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skillset needed to pursue a career in conflict resolution. You’ll learn how conflict can be resolved peacefully through a range of tools like complex constitutional engineering, truth and reconciliation processes, and grassroots movements. This master’s will focus on case studies from the Middle East and around the world, bringing to life the theoretical literature on the causes and consequences of conflict, conflict regulation, and peace processes.

Key benefits

  • Learn how to shape and change futures and maintain existing conflict resolution infrastructures
  • Study a well-established degree taught by the world-renowned Department Of War Studies
  • Interact with leading practitioners from a range of institutions, including the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the British Council, the media, and civil society organisations
  • Engage with the latest debates on conflict resolution thanks to regular public lectures organised by the department and its research clusters
  • Build strong intellectual and methodological foundations for further research. Research skills for archival research as well as qualitative and quantitative research methodologies for the social sciences
  • Join a network of alumni working in positions in media, diplomacy, think tanks, academia, consultancy, journalism, humanitarian agencies, NGOs and law

Course essentials

This Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies MA offers a multidisciplinary, comparative study of national, ethnic and religious conflicts in deeply divided societies. You’ll learn about topics such as the dynamics of nationalism, sectarianism and identity; the role of civil society in peace processes, truth and reconciliation commissions; and the role of collective memory.

You’ll begin with a core module on conflict and coexistence in divided societies, before choosing from a variety of optional modules to tailor your expertise. For example, you could specialise in the Middle East and learn about its divided cities and contested states and the international politics of the region. You could choose to study broader topics such as diplomacy and foreign policy, state failure and state building, and transdisciplinary approaches to (in)security. Or you could focus on power-sharing agreements, transitional justice and international criminal law, and comparative civil laws.

Teaching will be brought to life through the review of case studies on conflicts in Northern Ireland, Syria, Iraq, Bosnia and Israel-Palestine.

Duration: One year full-time, September to September, two years part-time



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