Gain the knowledge you need to pursue a career in international peace-keeping, crisis diplomacy, post-conflict reconstruction, and sustainable development. Focused case studies and interactive simulations will build your understanding of negotiation, mediation, diplomacy and third party intervention. Our alumni, who form an international network, have used this programme as a spring board into foreign offices and diplomatic services, international organisations such as the UN, EU and OECD, and NGOs including IRC and Amnesty International.
Reasons to study International Conflict Analysis MA/PDip at Kent
- You will join our vibrant, diverse and international student community, bringing different perspectives into dialogue and facilitating a global network of close connections. Read about our first town hall on Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity.
- You’ll be taught by world leading experts at the cutting edge of research, actively engaged in advising government and shaping debates.
- You’ll gain a practical understanding of conflict analysis fundamentals, combined with the flexibility to follow your interest through a broad range of optional modules.
- Our Canterbury campus offers an idyllic countryside setting on the edge of a lively student town, only an hour from London and a short train ride to Europe.
- You’ll learn the fundamental skills of analysis, interpretation and prediction, combined with the flexibility to follow your interest through a broad range of optional modules.
- High-profile engagement through the Global Europe Centre and the Conflict Analysis Research Centre, which crystallise our research, policy and practitioner networks into an annual schedule of events.
What you’ll learn
Develop concrete capabilities and critical insight into the challenges you could encounter in conflict environments. You’ll cover theories of conflict and violence through to resolving conflict in world politics. Apply concepts, theories and methods used in the study of conflict to the analysis of political events, ideas, institutions, and practices
See the modules you'll study
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time. Students who start in January, finish at the end of the Spring Term in the following academic year.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- key historical and theoretical issues in international conflict and the study of war and peace, together with familiarity with appropriate bibliographical sources
- how to apply general theoretical and conceptual frameworks to the analysis of specific conflicts
- the nature and distribution of power in the international systems, problems of political order and the social, economic, historical and cultural context within which actors operate
- the different kinds of actors on the international scene, their respective interests and influence in conflict situations
- key theoretical problems of war and peace
- current political challenges to international peace and security and possible strategies to address them
- the changing role of the state in the context of globalisation and regional integration and the implications for international peace and security
- how to design and conduct a research project demonstrating awareness of epistemological and methodological principles
- how to carry out an independent research project and write in a scholarly manner demonstrating familiarity with academic conventions.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- general research skills, especially bibliographic and computing skills
- gathering, organising and deploying evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and some primary sources
- identifying, investigating, analysing, formulating and advocating solutions to problems
- developing reasoned arguments, synthesising relevant information and exercising critical judgement
- reflecting on, and managing, your own learning and seeking to make use of constructive feedback from your peers and staff to enhance your performance and personal skills
- managing your own learning self-critically.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- understanding the nature and significance of conflict as a human condition
- applying concepts, theories and methods used in the study of conflict to the analysis of political events, ideas, institutions and practices
- the ability to critically evaluate different interpretations of political issues and events
- the ability to collect, analyse and present information about conflict and political events
- an awareness of the main epistemological issues relevant to research in the social sciences, including the major theoretical and epistemological debates in the social sciences as they bear on international conflict analysis.
You gain the following transferable skills:
- communication: the ability to communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing (including, where appropriate, the use of IT), organise information clearly and coherently, use communication and information technology for the retrieval and presentation of information, including, where appropriate, statistical or numerical information
- information technology: produce written documents, undertake online research, communicate using email, process information using databases
- working with others: define and review the work of others, work co-operatively on group tasks, understand how groups function, collaborate with others and contribute effectively to the achievement of common goals
- improving your own learning: explore your strengths and weaknesses, time-management skills, review your working environment (especially the student-staff relationship), develop autonomy in learning, work independently, demonstrate initiative and self-organisation
- important research management skills include the setting of appropriate timescales for different stages of the research, with clear starting and finishing dates (through a dissertation), presentation of a clear statement of the purposes and expected results of the research, and developing appropriate means of estimating and monitoring resources and use of time
- problem-solving: identify and define problems, explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them.
The programme aims to:
- provide a programme that will attract, and meet the needs of both those seeking to prepare for careers in fields concerned with international conflicts and those with a general intellectual interest in international conflict analysis
- provide you with a research-active teaching environment which gives you a good grounding in the study of study of international conflict and war, co-operation and peace
- examine how state, non-state and supra-national actors behave and interact in conflict situations
- ensure that you acquire a solid knowledge of the theories of the causes and dynamics of different kinds of conflict and the means to overcome them
- ensure that students who specialise in regional conflicts acquire an advanced understanding of the historical, cultural, social and institutional context of the area to be studied
- prepare students for various careers in jobs related to international conflict analysis as well as for career changes in the spirit of lifelong learning
- develop your general research skills and personal skills (transferable skills).