MSc Global Conflict and Cooperation

Start date
September
Duration
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Fees

Masters:
£9,810 FT (UK)
£4,905 PT (UK)
£21,240 FT (International)
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Our MSc in Global Conflict and Cooperation explores the theory and practice of how individuals, states, and political institutions manage conflict, and develop cooperation in international relations.

The MA in Global Conflict and Cooperation will appeal to those interested in combining academic approaches to conflict and cooperation with an understanding of the practice of international diplomacy and confidence-building, decision-making, and conflict mitigation and resolution in world politics.

The degree will enable you to:

  • explore a range of contemporary issues related to managing both conflict and cooperation in different parts of the world;
  • to examine in depth themes such as decision-making in international organisations, the role of individual foreign policy actors and changing structural contexts; and
  • to respond to the need to develop cooperative responses to address major global challenges, as well as to analyse a selection of inter-state and intrastate conflicts.

The course will encourage you to explore a wide variety of themes from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

Our MSc degree has one more distinctive feature: it is offered by the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS), a world-leading interdisciplinary research centre, in partnership with the Department of Political Science and International Studies. The ICCS has strong connections to high level practitioner networks, which offer summer internship opportunities. Our MSc students can also become members of the four ICCS Research Working Groups: TrustPolitical SettlementsInternational Political PsychologyUnmanned and Remote-Piloted Systems.

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Modules

Our students can follow a flexible programme with a wide choice of modules (part-time students are also welcome). Overall, our programme offers interdisciplinary training focused on the role of values, emotions, and beliefs in shaping the possibilities of conflict, cooperation and security at the international level.

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You will choose 4 modules from the POLSIS optional modules list


The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Fees

Masters degree fees 2022-23
  Full time Part time
UK £9,810 £4,905
International £21,240  -

Please check with the Institute for the latest fees information.
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Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

The Postgraduate Student Loan has increased its maximum loan amount to £11,570 for courses starting on or after 1 August 2021 For more detailed information view our Postgraduate funding page.

Scholarships and studentships

The University of Birmingham is offering up to 200 awards of £2,000 through its  Masters Scholarship Scheme to support the brightest and best applicants wishing to undertake Masters study at the University during 2021-22.

Other scholarships may be available. 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.

Scholarships and bursaries in the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS).

How To Apply

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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Our Standard Requirements

A good honours degree (UK 2:1, GPA 3.00) is required for admission to taught Masters programmes. The application form must be supported by two letters of reference, and non-native English overseas students should also submit a statement of English language competence (TOEFL 580/237; IELTS 6.5). Entry at Graduate Diploma level is possible for those with a reasonable first degree. Graduate Diploma students can upgrade to the Msc on satisfactory examination performance.

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International Requirements



International Students

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:


IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

We advocate an enquiry-based approach to learning, which means that we encourage you to become an independent and self-motivated learner. Through the programme of study we offer, we will develop the qualities that employers value in today's university graduates - qualities that will set you apart in your future career.

To help you develop these skills, we adopt a range of teaching methods. They may include:

  • Lectures - listening to experts sharing their knowledge and discoveries in challenging and provocative ways. Students are expected to 'read-around' the subject matter of their lectures, adding to their understanding and developing their critical faculties and analytical skills.
  • Seminars - where you present and discuss your ideas and knowledge in smaller groups and debate interpretations and opinions with other students.
  • Tutorials - are your opportunity to discuss your work with your tutor, usually in small groups.
  • Workshops - are problem solving sessions facilitated by a member of academic staff; these sessions usually involve students working in groups.

Our MSc students can pursue exciting and stimulating career opportunities with a range of organisations including government agencies, international organisations, the armed forces, NGOs, think-tanks, the media, the political world, and multinational corporations. Our excellent academic training is complemented by networking opportunities and voluntary work placements either at the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) itself, or at one of our partner organisations. All our placements are offered on a competitive basis, over the summer term for a maximum of 20 days in order to allow sufficient time for the completion of your dissertation.

Our four research-focused working groups invite applications for summer placements in the following areas:

ICCS Work placement: Brittany Atkinson

ICCS Work Placement: Christopher Featherstone

European Leadership Network

The European Leadership Network (ELN) was originally formed to help create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons. It works on that agenda through its research, events programme and active network of former European political, military, and diplomatic leaders. The ELN carries out its work by producing and disseminating independent research and analysis, and by providing an independent platform for international dialogue and debate with a strong focus on workable and credible policy solutions. Its activities are currently structured around three areas: Global Security, Euro-Atlantic Security and the Middle East.

British American Security Information Council (BASIC)

BASIC's vision is a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons, established by a cooperative global security agenda and formalized in negotiated treaties. BASIC seeks to engage diverse perspectives and broaden the scope of the discussion to find ways past existing frustrations. The organisation has 27 years of experience building an extensive and diverse network across Europe, the US and the Middle East. BASIC has a reputation for non-partisan, non-judgmental engagement and for seeking common ground, in the interests of nuclear disarmament.

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Alumni Profiles

Brittany Atkinson, Graduate Fellow with the US National Nuclear Security Administration

The course was all around excellent. I particularly enjoyed the five-day training programme, opportunity to complete a work placement, and the module diversity. The degree has helped me make a major career change. Following the degree, I am now pursuing a career that I am passionate about in national security.”

Ellen Moser, Research Associate

What attracted me to this course in particular was the fact that it balances theory with practice, which makes it quite unique compared to other courses which focus nearly exclusively on a theoretical approach.  

Hannah Keogh, Junior Caseworker for an MP

I really enjoyed studying under the real leaders in my field. The course was assessed in  a varied way, without too much emphasis on exams, which I believe allowed me to strengthen skills which would be more useful professionally.

Juweria Ali, Doctoral Researcher

One of the really interesting things about this masters programme was that we were taught by internationally recognised academics, we also had experts and practitioners on the topics we were studying come in and actually lead our seminars; for instance, Jamie Shea (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Emerging Security Challenges) from NATO.

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