MSc International Conflict and Cooperation

By taking our MSc, you’ll have the chance to address a variety of challenges facing states and international organisations today. Interact with policymakers and potential employers on the study trip to Brussels or Geneva.

International Conflict and Cooperation

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2022
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules

Overview

Delivered by our experienced practitioners and leading scholars, our Masters degree in International Conflict and Cooperation prepares you to address a variety of challenges facing states and international organisations today. This course looks at the dynamics of international conflict and cooperation in light of major events such as the end of the Cold War, the 9/11 terror attacks, the Arab Spring and the COVID-19 pandemic.

We take a thematic approach to conflict resolution and the role of international organisations in order to focus on conflict prevention and management in specific geographical areas. The course also explores the development and regulation of conflict in relation to factors like natural resources and migration.

Contemporary dilemmas surrounding the politics of climate change negotiations, environmental and resource conflicts, civil war and ethnic tensions, human rights, international terrorism and humanitarian intervention provide some of the raw material for this MSc, which are studied in-depth over the course of the academic year.

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Course objectives

This course will help you to develop the transferrable skills that employers are looking for. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • read and use texts and other source materials critically and empathetically
  • appreciate the complexity and diversity of situations, events and mentalities
  • recognise there are ways of testing statements, and that there are rules of evidence that require integrity and maturity
  • reflect critically on the nature and theoretical underpinnings of the discipline
  • organise an argument, be self-disciplined and be intellectually independent
  • express yourself orally and in writing with coherence, clarity and fluency
  • gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information
  • analyse and solve problems
  • use ICT effectively for information retrieval and presentation skills
  • exercise self-discipline, self-direction and initiative
  • work with others, and have respect for others’ reasoned views
  • work collaboratively and participate effectively in group discussions
  • show empathy and imaginative insight
  • prepare for further academic research such as a PhD

Expand your horizons

This MSc course provides opportunities for you to meet key figures involved in international organisations and diplomacy to help you understand what a career in an International Organisation or NGO would involve. The MSc seminar series, as well as the visits to international organisations, also facilitate contact between students and potential employers. We aim to put you in touch with the voluntary sector and organisations offering internship ooportunities. Volunteering and internships not only provide work experience and networking opportunities in a relevant field, but also allow you to exhibit a range of general skills that you’ll have acquired at university, including researching, report-writing and conducting presentations.

Flexible learning

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

Research overview

Research within the Division of History, Heritage and Politics resonates far beyond the University. It has an interdisciplinary focus that cuts across all three areas and engages with the work of others, especially in the fields of global security, cultural heritage, and the history and policy of civil society. Our work makes an impact on society and government policy. It focuses on challenges that matter – from environmental sustainability to heritage values and resilience, international conflict resolution, diplomacy and foreign policy. It also provides analysis and knowledge of the foundation on which our civil society rests, locally, nationally and globally.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 100% of our research impact in History was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Other routes of entry

If you don’t currently meet the academic requirements for this course, INTO University of Stirling offers a variety of preparation programmes that can earn you the qualifications and skills you need for direct entry.

Explore INTO Stirling programmes to see the pathway and pre-masters routes available for this course and others at the University of Stirling.

English language requirements

Due to disruption in English Language testing caused by COVID-19, we are accepting alternative English Language tests (including online English Language Tests).

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Indicator 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-skill 
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 in each sub-skill
  • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition Test 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • Trinity ISE II Pass overall with a Pass in each sub-skill, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills
  • Aptis (4 skills) CEFR B2 overall and B2 in all sub-skills
  • Duolingo 95 overall with a minimum of 90 in all sub-skills
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator -  Pass with minimum 33 in each sub-skill

Last updated: 1 February 2021

If you are from India, Ghana or Nigeria please also check your country/region specific page for any additional, or changes to, English language requirements.

For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

Pre-sessional English language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

Course details

The MSc contains core modules related to International Conflict and Cooperation, as well as a range of optional modules designed to help you explore issues in more depth. It also features a research skills module.

Modules

The module information below is intended only as an example of what you may study and features details for the current academic year (2021/22). Modules are regularly reviewed and are subject to future changes.

Course Details

Teaching

Modules will typically be delivered in the evenings by lecture and seminar - although emphasis will be placed on student participation and discussion, workshop sessions and a variety of both formal and informal presentations.

There are experts briefings and discussions and guest lecturers with key figures involved in international organisations.

Fieldwork

As part of our focus on employability, there’s a study trip to Brussels or Geneva that will give you the opportunity to interact with policymakers and potential employers.

Assessment

Assessment is conducted via presentations, blog posts, policy papers, essays and your dissertation.

Classroom hours

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

Example timetable
Column one lists modules and times for semester 1, column two lists modules and times for semester 2.
Semester 1Semester 2

International Conflict and Cooperation Analysis

ICCPP01

MON, 18:00 - 20:00

Researching International Politics

ICCPP22

TUE, 18:00 – 19:00 (3 weeks)

International Organisations

ICCPP02

TUE, 18:00 – 20:00

Option Modules:

Humanitarian Studies 

ICCPP24

MON, 18:00 – 20:00

Approaches to International Politics

ICCPP21

THU, 18:00 - 20:00

Option Modules:

Climate Change, Human Security and Resource Conflicts

ICCPP10

TUE, 18:00 – 20:00

 

Fees and funding

Fees and costs

  2021/22 2022/23
Students from the UK£6,600£7,100
Students from the Republic of Ireland£6,600£7,100
Overseas (non-EU) students£16,775£17,275
European Union students£16,775£17,275

Students from the UK

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study or repeat study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Tuition fee loans

Scottish students may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for loans of up to £10,000 to cover tuition fees and associated living costs.

English students can apply for a loan of up to £11,570 each year as part of the Postgraduate Masters Loan Scheme.

Welsh students can apply for financial support of up to £18,025 as a combination of grant and loan from Student Finance Wales.

Northern Irish students can apply for a postgraduate tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 from Student Finance NI.

Students from the Republic of Ireland

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study or repeat study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

European Union students

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Overseas students (non-EU)

We offer a range of funding options for overseas students.

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

 

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

Scholarships and funding

Other sources of funding

If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

Cost of living

If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

European Union and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

Payment options

We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

After you graduate

The MSc International Conflict and Cooperation is a gateway to employment in government agencies, the NGO sector and international organisations – as well as into PhD study, research and academia. The course provides a background in conflict study, the role of international organisations and a thematic and geographical focus on distinct areas and problems, as well as analysis of solutions. The academic skills aspects of the course also provide a background to undertake further research.

Your future career

This course is designed to meet the needs of both current and future practitioners, as well as those intending to further their knowledge on a specific subject by pursuing a research degree after the completion of their MSc thesis. Upon completion of this course, graduates may expect to find employment in organisations such as:

  • Governmental (Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Defence and respective ministries in other countries)
  • Inter-governmental (European Union, NATO, United Nations, North American Free Trade Agreement, World Trade Organisation)
  • Non-governmental (Amnesty International, Red Cross, Human Rights Watch)

Since the International Conflict and Cooperation course began in 2007, our students have followed a range of post-MSc careers. Many have used it as a means to pursue further postgraduate study in this field, with a group of graduates going on to pursue PhD study at a range of universities. Other graduates have launched successful careers in the NGO sector, public affairs and political research.

Testimonial quotes

“Most people when studying achieve what they set out for, whether that be a Masters or a Bachelors, they achieve just that.
However, the ICC program for me encompassed so much more than my MSc, I achieved a sense of direction, a confidence in my work which I hadn’t had before and a concrete plan for my career […].”

Holly Aindow, WHO intern and former MSc ICC student, 2019

Employability skills

We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the graduate attributes that employers look for. In the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, we have a dedicated Employability and Skills Officer.

The University of Stirling’s Career and Employability Service also works in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your university experience, and are ready for the employment market.

What our students said

Helen Batchelor
MSc International Conflict and Cooperation
The Programme’s flexibility allowed me to focus on specific areas that interested me, such as African politics.
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Kirsty McKay
MSc International Conflict and Cooperation
I thoroughly enjoyed studying within the History and Politics department and for my degree dissertation I combined the issues of HIV transmission and conflict.
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