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MScConflict Resolution

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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Our course helps you to understand the evolving field of conflict resolution, exploring the causes and effects of destructive conflict across the world, and scrutinising the theory and practice of how this can be managed peacefully. We provide you with a framework for understanding conflict resolution in inter- and intra-state issues, focusing on topics including:

- Mediation, negotiation, and collaborative problem solving
- Using conflict data sets and drawing geographical maps
- International development and human rights
- International relations and security studies
- Global and comparative politics

You additionally might have the option of studying an extracurricular module on non-violent movements, offered in collaboration with Slobdan Djinovic and Srdja Popovic of the Centre for Nonviolent Action and Strategies in Belgrade. This exciting course, previously offered at many US universities including Colorado College, Harvard University and New York University, has never been offered anywhere else in Europe.

Our dynamic, interdisciplinary approach combines traditional methods with contemporary theory and practices of non-violent movements, and we encourage you to experience the practical as well as the theoretical application of these topics through examining real case studies of international conflict.

Our Department of Government is one of the most prestigious in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching, research and publication. We are rated top in the UK for research (REF 2014), and have consistently been the highest-rated politics department in the country since national assessments began.

Programme structure

Year 1

MA Dissertation
Conflict Resolution
Advanced Research Methods
International Security Studies (optional)
Political Parties in Britain and Europe (optional)
Contemporary Theories of Justice (optional)
Environmental Politics (optional)
Political Explanation (optional)
Theories of International Relations (optional)
Political Economy (optional)
Political Theory (optional)
Research Seminar in Political Theory and Methods (optional)
Research Design (optional)
Public Opinion and Political Behaviour (optional)
Comparative European Politics (optional)
Theory and Explanation in Political Science (optional)
Ideology and Political Discourse (optional)
Macroeconomics (Advanced) (optional)
Economics of the European Union (optional)
Economics of Transition (optional)
Market Structure and Strategic Behaviour (optional)
Environmental Economics (optional)
Psycho Analytic Theory (optional)
Psychoanalysis of Groups and Organisations (optional)
Thinking Psychoanalytically (optional)
Introduction to Quantitative Analysis (optional)
Digital Economy (optional)
Media Theory (optional)
Advertising: Commerce and Creativity (optional)
Interviewing and Qualitative Data Analysis (optional)
Texts and Documents (optional)
Ethnography (optional)
Dynamics of Home and Work (optional)
Formative Debates in Criminology (optional)
Organised Crime: Global and Local (optional)
Critical Perspectives on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (optional)
Current Controversies in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy (optional)
Topics in Contemporary Social Theory (optional)
Sociological Research Design (optional)
Finance, Globalisation and the Crash of 2008 (optional)
Colonialism, Culture and Human Rights (optional)
Panel Data Methods (optional)
Introduction to Survey Design and Management (optional)
Applied Sampling (optional)
Dealing with Survey Non-response (optional)
Survey Measurement and Question Design (optional)
Work-Based Project (optional)

Career opportunities

Our MSc Conflict Resolution will prepare you for a career in areas such as non-governmental organisations, international and national government, or the private sector.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for the following high-profile organisations:

The Civil Service
Local government
The World Bank
The United Nations
YouGov and YouGov America
We also offer supervision for PhD and MPhil in the following fields: government; ideology and discourse analysis; international relations; political behaviour; and politics.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States