Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

Our Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies MA offers a multidisciplinary, comparative study of national, ethnic and religious conflicts in deeply divided societies. It compares case studies from the Middle East and around the world, examining the theoretical literature on the causes and consequences of conflict, conflict regulation, and internationally led and grassroots peace processes.

Key benefits:

  • Additional academic development, mentoring and time to develop your intellectual interests.
  • A wide range of optional modules taught by world leading scholars in conflict resolution, conflict studies
  • Engagement with leading practitioners, including from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British Council, the media, civil society organisations.
  • Exposure to latest debates through regular public lectures organised by the department and its research clusters.
  • Strong intellectual and methodological foundations for further research. Research skills for archival research as well as qualitative and quantitative research methodologies for the social sciences.
  • Develop communication skills by presenting and disseminating research in written and oral forms to classmates, tutors, and the wider academic community.

Who should take this course

Minimum 2:1 honours undergraduate degree in such an appropriate subject as history, politics, international relations or languages. In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to- date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change.

Required Modules:

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Conflict & Coexistence In Divided Societies (40 credits)
  • Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies Dissertation with Research Methods course (60 credits)
  • Research Methods is a not for credit module that introduces you to techniques and methodologies to conduct your research.

If you are a part-time student, you will take Conflict & Coexistence in Divided Societies and a total of 40 credit optional modules in your first year. In your second year you will take your dissertation, including the Research Methods course, and a total of 40 credit further optional modules.

Optional Modules:

In addition, you are required to take 80 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Power-Sharing Agreements in Deeply Divided Societies (20 credits)
  • Divided Cities, Contested States: Urban Violence and Transformations in the Middle East (20 credits)
  • Culture, religion and identity in contemporary conflicts (20 credits)
  • Approaches to Understanding Violence & Atrocities in African Civil Wars (20 credits)
  • Comparative Civil Wars (40 credits)
  • State Failure & State Building (20 credits)
  • Transitional Justice & International Criminal Law (20 credits)
  • Conflict Development & Islam in Russia, the Causcasus & Central Asia (40 credits)
  • Gender in Interantional Politics & Security (20 credits)
  • Or others from around 50 modules offered within the Department of War Studies


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About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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