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 February 2021, September 2021
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 27 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules

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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 crisis.

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, civil war, 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.

Top reasons to study with us

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. Volunteering not only provides work experience and networking opportunities in a relevant field, but it also allows you to exhibit a range of general skills that you’ll have acquired at university, including researching, report-writing and conducting presentations.

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.

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 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’.

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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