MA Reconciliation and Peacebuilding

The MA Reconciliation and Peacebuilding programme at Winchester draw on insights from a range of academic disciplines, case studies and cultural, spiritual and faith traditions from around the world.

MA Reconciliation and Peacebuilding at University of Winchester

Entry requirements 

Normally a first, second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study. 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.  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. 

There are additional entry requirements for Distance Learning programmes - please view the Distance Learning Policy online at


If English is not your first language

IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent

Degree duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Start dates: September

Distance learning only

Teaching takes place: Evenings

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2016 Entry

January 2017 Entry Full-time | £5,900
January 2017 Entry Part-time | £2,950 p/a

Total Cost | £5,900

2017 Entry

September 2017** Entry Full-time | £6,100
September 2017** Entry Part-time | £3,050 p/a

Total Cost | £6,100

International Students

2016 Entry

January 2017 Entry Full-time | £11,900
January 2017 Entry Part-time | £5,950 p/a

Total Cost | £11,900

2017 Entry

September 2017** Entry Full-time | £12,200
September 2017** Entry Part-time | £6,100 p/a

Total Cost | £12,200

Additional costs:


  • Field Trip: There is one optional practical module usually run in April which requires 4 days attendance at the University. Students are required to cover the costs of travel to and from the University, and accommodation for the nights they attend. University accommodation may be available and can be booked by students at a reasonable cost. Costs vary depending on student's location. For a night in university accommodation tje cost is approximately £35 per night.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

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

**Please note the fees are indicative and subject to the approval of the University of Winchester Board of Governors. 


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.

Students have the opportunity to become involved with peacebuilding projects and organisations throughout the duration of the programme.

  • Research Methods and Skills
  • Understanding the Nature and Causes of Conflict
  • Theories and Dynamics of Reconciliation
  • The Practice of Reconciliation 1: Dialogue and Building Community (Reconciliation pathway only)
  • Religion and Peacebuilding (Reconciliation and Peacebuilding pathway only)
  • Independent Study, Consultancy
  • Report or Major Project

Optional Modules:

  • The Practice of Reconciliation 2: Skills for working with divided groups
  • Multiple Perspectives on Reconciliation
  • Building Networks of Peace
  • Multi-faith Cooperation on Peacebuilding
  • Religion and Development
  • Interreligious Dialogue and Intercultural Theology
  • Religion and Globalisation
  • Religion in the Contemporary West
  • Theology, Religion and Ethics
  • Management Responses to Global Issues

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.

Programme Leader

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.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Applications need to be submitted before the 31 May 2017. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information click here.

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