12 months
17275 GBP/year
7100 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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By taking the International Conflict and Cooperation MSc from University of Stirling, you’ll have the chance to address a variety of challenges facing states and international organisations today. Interact with policymakers and potential employers on the study trip to Brussels or Geneva.

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Delivered by our experienced practitioners and leading scholars, the Masters degree in International Conflict and Cooperation from University of Stirling  prepares you to address a variety of challenges facing states and international organisations today. This course looks at the dynamics of international conflict and cooperation in light of major events such as the end of the Cold War, the 9/11 terror attacks, the Arab Spring and the COVID-19 pandemic.

We take a thematic approach to conflict resolution and the role of international organisations in order to focus on conflict prevention and management in specific geographical areas. The course also explores the development and regulation of conflict in relation to factors like natural resources and migration.

Contemporary dilemmas surrounding the politics of climate change negotiations, environmental and resource conflicts, civil war and ethnic tensions, human rights, international terrorism and humanitarian intervention provide some of the raw material for this MSc, which are studied in-depth over the course of the academic year.

Your future career

This course is designed to meet the needs of both current and future practitioners, as well as those intending to further their knowledge on a specific subject by pursuing a research degree after the completion of their MSc thesis. Upon completion of this course, graduates may expect to find employment in organisations such as:

  • Governmental (Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Defence and respective ministries in other countries)
  • Inter-governmental (European Union, NATO, United Nations, North American Free Trade Agreement, World Trade Organisation)
  • Non-governmental (Amnesty International, Red Cross, Human Rights Watch)

Since the International Conflict and Cooperation course began in 2007, our students have followed a range of post-MSc careers. Many have used it as a means to pursue further postgraduate study in this field, with a group of graduates going on to pursue PhD study at a range of universities. Other graduates have launched successful careers in the NGO sector, public affairs and political research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International Conflict and Cooperation Analysis
  • International Organisation
  • Researching International Politics
  • Transitional Justice and Human Rights
  • Climate Change, Human Security and Resource Conflicts
  • Humanitarian Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International applicants requiring a student visa are advised to apply at least eight weeks in advance of the start date.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.
  • If you don’t currently meet the academic requirements for this course, INTO University of Stirling offers a variety of preparation programmes that can earn you the qualifications and skills you need for direct entry.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17275 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17275 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    7100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7100 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Stirling

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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