The study of conflict resolution and peacebuilding requires the exploration of a wide range of themes and issues which cut across most subject areas, and draws on a range of both qualitative and quantitative methods. The course considers most subject areas from previous higher education suitable.
However, it is important that applicants can demonstrate some knowledge and experience of studying and engaging with contemporary issues, and global themes and challenges, and articulate a personal and professional motivation for engaging in peacebuilding and reconciliation work.
Normally a first, second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study.
If English is not your first language
IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years
Start dates: September and January
Distance learning only
Teaching takes place: Evenings
Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man
September 2016/January 2017 Entry Full-time | £5,900
September 2016/January 2017 Entry Part-time | £2,950 p/a
Total Cost | £5,900
September 2016/January 2017 Entry Full-time | £11,900
September 2016/January 2017 Entry Part-time | £5,950 p/a
Total Cost | £11,900
To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here
Work placement: There are opportunities for students to take part in voluntary work placements, or carry out a pre-determined piece of work for a relevant organisation.
Fact: Students have the opportunity to get involved with peacebuilding projects and organisations throughout the duration of the programme.
Funding: Students studying MA Reconciliation or MA Reconciliation and Peacebuilding may be eligible for a bursary.
Terms and Conditions
For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.
The programmes offer a multidisciplinary introduction to the study and practice of reconciliation and peacebuilding, with the work and
experience of St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace informing their design. Drawing on insights from subject areas including psychology, religious studies and the arts, students are encouraged to examine key ideas and theoretical frameworks in the study of reconciliation in a wide variety of different contexts.
Students are supported in identifying and understanding the root causes of conflict, and in critically assessing a range of methods and practices which have the potential to turn violent and destructive conflict into positive and sustainable outcomes. Students are encouraged to reflect on the pivotal relationship between theory and practice and to consider a variety of factors which impact upon the effectiveness of peacebuilding and reconciliation activities.
- Research Methods and Skills
- Understanding the Nature and Causes of Conflict
- Theories and Dynamics of Reconciliation
- Practice Part 2: Community Building and Reconciliation
- Religion and Peacebuilding
- Building Networks of Peace
- Multi-faith Cooperation on Peacebuilding
- Religion and Development
The programme is taught by a team of highly qualified and enthusiastic staff including internationally renowned scholars working in the areas of reconciliation and peacebuilding. The programme is delivered through a combination of distance and blended learning. Participation in practical modules requires intensive periods of attendance. All students have access to dedicated tutors and can converse with other students through the University's Learning Network and online forums.
Types of assessment include portfolios, presentations, reflective journals, practical work, essays and reports. There are no examinations. For the final assessment students have the option of completing a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words; undertaking a consultancy placement with an organisation working in the field; or participating in and reflecting on a practical peacebuilding project.
At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.
Graduates pursue careers working in the fields of international development, conflict management, peacebuilding and international relations. This work is often on international and local Non-Governmental Organisations and government, civil service and peacekeeping institutions such as the United Nations and European Union.