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internationally renowned programme is offered by leading academics
from the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), based
at the University of Ulster. The Programme is located on the Magee
Campus in the city of Derry/Londonderry along the shores of Lough Foyle
in the north west of Northern Ireland.
The emphasis of the INCORE programme is consistent with the new vision
of the University to be a leading provider of professional education for professional
life. There is a strong focus on post-violence peacebuilding, which is
appropriate given that the programme is rooted in a society emerging from decades
of protracted violence. However, the geographical scope of INCORE’s
work in research, policy, and practice is both local and global.
The programme stresses the development of skills relevant to graduates who
want to go on to be practitioners, researchers and policymakers in the peace
and conflict field. To ensure this, the programme was recently re-structured
to offer a wider variety of modules including, new technologies and peace,
psychosocial approaches to peacebuilding, and evaluation in conflict zones.
The overall approach seeks to develop the critical, theoretical and analytical
skills necessary for working in conflicted societies – in ways that are
grounded in real life application and case studies.
INCORE staff have been engaged in peacemaking and peacebuilding activities
as both practitioners and researchers. This experience and expertise is a hallmark
of the programme which is reflected in the classroom experience. The
location of the programme in Northern Ireland ensures that there is an open
door between classroom learning and experiential learning. Practitioners
from Northern Ireland and abroad are important components of the programme,
as are site visits, e.g. to the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Maze Long
The Peace Bridge spanning the river Foyle
The INCORE MSc. in Applied Peace and Conflict Studies offers the student a
unique opportunity to undertake a graduate programme characterized by academic
excellence within the context of a vibrant and culturally rich society emerging
Students in the programme have access to leading academics and practitioners
working both to address the causes and consequences of conflict locally and
internationally, and to promote better peacemaking and peacebuilding strategies. INCORE
is honoured to host the Tip O’Neill Professor of Peace Studies, currently
held by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, John Hume. Professor Hume’s tenure
has been notable for an array of high-profile Peace Lectures given on the Magee
Campus by prominent global policymakers involved in peace and conflict issues.
These include former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, President Bill Clinton,
Senator Hillary Clinton, former EU Commission President Romano Prodi and the
Irish President Mary McAleese.
of an interdisciplinary programme such as the MSc. in Applied Peace
and Conflict Studies are well placed to follow a number of distinct
career opportunities, based on their specific interests and core strengths. The
past decades have seen tremendous changes in the global context, with
the collapse of the Iron Curtain, the rise in ethnic conflict and the
increasing demands for peaceful resolution of conflict and the reconstruction
of affected regions and states. As a result, the demand for well-trained
individuals to work on the myriad of peace and conflict issues continues
to rise. The knowledge and capacities developed by INCORE
peace and conflict studies students are transferrable across sectors
and regions, making their skill set mobile and flexible within a globalised
There are a range of career paths available to students undertaking
the MSc. in Applied Peace and Conflict Studies. The course is designed
to enhance the students’ employability within the applied field of peace and conflict
studies, which can take a wide variety of forms, both locally and internationally.
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All students enter the MSc programme at the Postgraduate Diploma stage. This
consists of the eight taught modules, of which five are compulsory
and three are selected from a range of choices (listed below).
Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma (i.e., the eight
taught modules), students are eligible to enter the MSc stage, which
is normally completed within three to six months and which consists
of a 15,000 word dissertation.
The formal teaching is supplemented by an informal programme of lectures, seminars
and study visits, and students have access to a range of events organised by
the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) and other associated institutes
at the University of Ulster.
year-long programme for full-time students
- Foundations of Peace and Conflict Studies
- Research Methods 1
- Conflict Analysis
Choice of one of the following:
- Northern Ireland Conflict
- Comparative Case Studies
- Psychosocial Approaches
- Peacebuilding in Divided Societies
- Research Methods 2
Choice of two of the following:
- Northern Ireland: Issues in Peacebuilding
- Dealing with the Past
- Evaluation in Conflict Zones
- Development, Peace and Conflict
- New Technologies and Peace
Three/Four: MSc Dissertation (individual supervision)
The University welcomes applications from part-time students who
have an interest in this area of study. The content is exactly the
same as the full-time programme but is spread over a longer period
of time. For the PG Diploma stage students will have to take
two 15 credit point modules in each of the four teaching semesters. Upon
successful completion of this stage, students can move to the MSc.
which normally lasts another year and consists of a 15,000
word dissertation on a peace and conflict studies topic. All
classes will be held during normal day-time hours in order to ensure
that part-time and full-time students can study together.
- Foundations of Peace and Conflict Research - Core
This module will introduce students to some of the key concepts,
theories and debates within this field of study.
- Conflict Analysis - Core
This module will introduce students to the main stages of the conflict
cycle and to key intervention strategies used to resolve and transform
violent conflict. Topics covered will include the causes
of violent conflict, the structure and dynamics of conflict, peacekeeping,
peacemaking, peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
- Research Methods 1 - Core
The module will introduce students to the main stages in the research
process, the main approaches and methods and will give students
a firm foundation in the basics of social research that will prepare
them for Research Methods 2.
- Intro. Northern Ireland Conflict Option - Option
This introduction to the Northern Ireland conflict aims to provide
the student with a detailed overview of the historical roots and
longevity of the Northern Ireland conflict. It seeks to equip
the student with the knowledge and tools to explore and analyse
the various actors to the conflict, their motivations, objectives
- Comparative Case Studies - Option
This module will cultivate a firm grounding in comparative case
study methodology, a central approach to research in Peace and
- Psychosocial Aspects of Peacebuilding – Option
This module will develop the theoretical and practical understanding
the role of psychosocial work in in post-conflict societies and
- Peacebuilding in Divided Societies - Core
This module provides students with a thorough grounding of the
academic field of peacebuilding, and the different approaches
and interventions employed within it. The focus is global.
- Research Methods 2 - Core
This module will build on Research Methods 1 and bring students
to the point where they can understand the basic ethical and
methodological issues involved in conducting research in divided
- Northern Ireland: Issues in Peacebuilding - Option
The aim of this module is to explore the various facets of peacebuilding
required to secure a sustainable peace in Northern Ireland following
the Belfast agreement. The module will critically analyse
the legacy of conflict from a range of social, political, economic
and psychological perspectives.
- New Technologies and Peace - Option
This module will provide students with a thorough and critical
understanding of the impact that new technologies have had/will
have on peace strategies, peacebuilding and conflict resolution.
- Dealing with the past - Option
The module will introduce the critical debate of dealing with the
past and transitional justice in peace and conflict studies. It
will outline and describe the differences between concepts such
as “dealing with the past” and transitional justice.
- Evaluation in Conflict Zones - Option
This module will critically examine the methods and politics of
conducting evaluations in conflict-prone settings. The focus
of the course is not limited to peacebuilding initiatives, but
applies to the evaluation of the full spectrum of projects and
programmes: development, humanitarian, private sectors, community
development, and so on.
- Development, Peace and Conflict - Option
This module explores concepts and theories in the sociology of
development as they concern global human security.
This module will enable students to conduct and present research
on a relevant and pressing topic in peace and conflict studies in
ways that are informed by current research developing critical analytical
research skills and theoretical knowledge.
Please note modules will be offered based on student numbers
and the outline of modules should be considered as a draft as the programme
is subject to revalidation in early 2012
faculty on the PgDip/MA in Peace and Conflict Studies and their
Brandon Hamber: Director of INCORE. Political transition,
peacebuilding, reconciliation and conflict transformation,
transitional justice and dealing with the past, memorialisation
and reparations, psychosocial support for victims of violence
and victim empowerment, trauma, its critiques and methodologies,
ex-combatants and political transition, masculinity and transition.
Stephen Ryan: Senior Lecturer, Peace and Conflict
Studies. The dynamics and transformation of violent intercommunal
conflict, the UN and international politics.
Gillian Robinson:Professor of Social Research and Director
of ARK. Research methodology, social attitudes, community relations.
Grainne Kelly: Policy/Practice Coordinator INCORE.
Reconciliation; Institutional development following conflict;
Peace and Conflict-related Philanthropy; intercommunal division;
Storytelling and testimony work as mechanism for dealing with
Kenneth Bush: Research Coordinator, INCORE. ethnicized
conflict; methodology and evaluation; the commodification of
peacebuilding or the conflict-generating impacts of "peacebuilding" initiatives;
diaspora; and the role of local government in peacebuilding.
Emeritus Paul Arthur. Honorary Associate, INCORE.
The Northern Ireland conflict, Track Two Diplomacy, dealing
with the past.
Background and Achievements
The MA in Peace
and Conflict Studies started in 1987 on a part-time basis. The target
cohort was opinion formers in Northern Ireland - educators, clergy,
business, community activists - indeed anyone who might have a role
in helping to control conflict.
overseas interest arose after the ceasefires in 1994. Initially
this came from the US, Japan and Scandinavia. Since then, participants
have enrolled from Canada, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Indonesia,
Kenya, Rwanda and Nigeria, among others. Further information
for international applicants can be found at: http://international.ulster.ac.uk/
of intake has been matched by quality: Rotary, Chevening (British
Council) and Mitchell Scholars have all graduated from the MA
in Peace and Conflict Studies in recent years.
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have been involved in community activity in Ireland and the United
gone on to work for NGOs in Kosovo, the DRC (Congo) and Colombia.
Others have gone on to complete PhDs and a number of these have
entered academic life.
For more information on the PgDip/MSc in Applied Peace and Conflict
Studies and to answer any queries on enrolment for the 2012/13 Academic
year, contact the Course Director, Dr. Stephen Ryan (email@example.com),
Magee Campus, University of Ulster or telephone on +44 (0)28 71375246
For additional information on the PGDip/MA in Peace and Conflict Studies
and to apply on-line, see http://study.ulster.ac.uk/prospectus/course/201415/2794
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