MSc Conflict, Statebuilding and Development

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 This programme recognises an area of increasing importance in the academic and policy worlds, namely the links between peace, conflict and development. The programme reflects the international debates about the nature of peace and conflict in the developing world and the approaches of the international community to support and create peaceful governance in areas of conflict.

The programme makes a direct link between academic and practical policy approaches to analysing and recovering from conflicts, with an emphasis on developing countries, and will provide an extensive menu of choices for masters level students. Contemporary debates cover issues as broad as accountability and transparency, corruption, conflict, political settlement, human rights, participation, access to justice, democratisation and state building and will be of interest to individuals already working in development or recent graduates with some work/volunteer experience seeking careers in development or government, or in NGOs related to governance, state-building and peace.

The International Development Department is well-regarded internationally by sponsors, donor agencies, governments and NGOs. Study with us to benefit from:

  • Expertise in key issues and skills valued by employers
  • A vibrant, welcoming community
  • Individual overseas fieldwork or study visit included in fees (on-campus programmes)
  • Flexible programmes and a wide choice of modules (part-time students also welcome)
  • A diverse and international student body
  • Strong support in study and English language skills

Each programme is taught by a team of multi-disciplinary specialists who work closely with students to address individual interests and concerns. Every student is allocated an academic tutor to support them in their academic progress throughout the year. The department has a long history of teaching students from across the world, and recent students have come from 99 different countries and a wide variety of professional and academic backgrounds.


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This is an innovative programme taught by one of the leading centres of excellence in this field internationally. IDD hosts the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding and the Journal of Civil Wars and has produced the leading textbook in this area, Conflict, Security and Development. IDD staff also edit two book series in Statebuilding and Conflict and Development for Routledge. As such the programme draws on our world-leading research to provide an offering that is research-led but also strongly informed by our regular involvement in policy in this area. We are a development department that is looking at peace and conflict. This gives us a particular range of modules and an approach that is unique amongst our competitors, most of which are delivered from an international security perspective. We are currently one of the market leaders in security and development and that particular relationship is in demand with increasing concerns about development aid, refugees, civil wars and the implications for post conflict reconstruction.

The programme looks at the dynamics of conflict and post-conflict politics, including the linkages between good governance, state-building, state resilience, fragility or collapse and approaches to reconstructing peace following violence. It draws on relevant debates, theories and approaches to development, innovations in theories and practices of good governance and state-building in application to developing and transitional countries. All students have access to significant knowledge of the design and implementation of post-conflict peacebuilding and development strategies, including contemporary debates related to international intervention, local political systems, hybridity and the politics of peacebuilding.

Why study this course

This is a very innovative programme taught by staff in one of the world leading centres in this field. The programme is taught very much from a development perspective rather than an international relations view, which opens up a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches to participants.

We also recognise that we have a lot of post-experience students on this programme who have different demands and requirements from a Masters course. We very much welcome the participation of these students as a way to add important first-hand experience to the modules.

At the same time, students coming straight from their first degree gain a lot from IDD staff and fellow students not only through learning in the classroom but also through the life of IDD itself and from the fieldwork as part of the dissertation. Although we are research led in our approach, IDD staff are all regularly engaged in policy discussions and activities ranging from discussing cholera on Haiti with the UN in New York, through to investigating witchcraft and beliefs in Africa and supporting the peace process in Nepal. We embrace an approach that marries practical experience with theoretical rigour.

Modules

Breakdown of course by year, and modules (core and optional)

This pathway is designed for flexibility, allowing you to choose over half of the MSc content from a wide range of optional modules.

The programme has three 20 credit core modules:

Students take a further 60 taught credits. Both IDD and POLSIS have a wide range of options available and there is an open choice across the School of Government and Society.

Students also complete a 60 credit dissertation, which may be undertaken with individual fieldwork, with a contribution towards the cost of this from the tuition fee.

Fees and funding

IDD taught postgraduate fees 2018-19
  Full time Part time
Home/EU students £9,000 £4,500
Overseas students £16,290 -

Please check with the Department for the latest fees information.
Learn more about fees and funding.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

The Postgraduate Student Loan has increased its maximum loan amount to £10,280. For more detailed information view our Postgraduate funding page.

Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. see the departmental scholarships and funding pages. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

For further information contact the School directly or visit studenthelp.bham.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

  • An upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field (the equivalent US Grade Point Average is 3.0) or
  • A lower second-class Honours degree from an approved university with excellent work experience.
  • Adequate capacity in written and spoken English. Find out more about international entry requirements.
  • Degrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate's work experience can also be taken into consideration.

International students:

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

Making your application

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Teaching takes place over two ten-week terms, utilising a range of teaching and learning methods, including short lectures, problem solving, role play and group work.

Enhancing your Student Experience

In the School of Government and Society we offer much more than a degree. As a student here, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, you have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of events, with some or all of the costs paid for by the School.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods are used, with both formative and summative assessment. Assessment methods may include essays, policy briefs and presentations. A dissertation of no more than 12,000 words is also required.

This programme provides a framework for exploring academic synergies and for students to undertake genuinely interdisciplinary study. Students leaving this programme will be academically well-trained but also be in a position to undertake careers in conflict analysis, good governance and management in the developing world. This offers careers in NGOs, Government agencies and international organisations as well as organisations concerned with international risk and business within conflict areas.

See what some of our alumni are doing now and what they thought about studying with us at IDD