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Security, Conflict and International Development (Distance Learning)

12 months
9305 GBP/year
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This Security, Conflict and International Development degree offered at the University of Leicester will provide you with the knowledge and tools to navigate the range of activities that underpin contemporary humanitarianism.


Focusing on the dynamics and transformations of conflict in the 21st century, this degree explores the overlapping security, justice and developmental challenges of countries experiencing and emerging from conflict.

Designed specifically for those currently working – or hoping to work – in humanitarian activities or international development, the Security, Conflict and International Development degree offered at the University of Leicester explores the myriad challenges that humanitarian agencies face when operating across the world. Covering issues such as conflict prevention, security sector reform, post-conflict justice and the rule of law, this degree offers you the space to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the key challenges that confront humanitarian community today.

You will complete two core modules on ‘Contemporary Conflict Analysis’ and ‘The Political Economy of International Development’. You can then choose two option modules from our extensive list of interdisciplinary subjects, which, along with your dissertation, allow you to tailor your degree in a way that speaks to your own interests and expertise.

By choosing to study by distance learning, you will have the flexibility to fit your study around existing commitments and enhance your career prospects without having to leave employment.

Careers and employability

Our postgraduate degrees are an excellent way to enhance your expertise and career prospects. A postgraduate course in politics and/or international relations provides a foundation for a wide range of career options. You may seek to use your knowledge to work in government service, international organisations or areas of political research and journalism. Or you may opt to look for employment in an unrelated field such as banking, business or teaching where your MA will be respected as a postgraduate qualification.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Contemporary Conflict Analysis
  • Political Economy of International Development
  • The Politics of Conflict and Violence
  • The Politics of Modern Global Nuclear Order
  • The Politics of Violent Conflict and its Legacies in Northern Ireland
  • Gender in Global Perspective
  • American Interventionism after the Cold War

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • First or good second-class honours degree from a British university (or equivalent).
  • Equivalent relevant professional experience may be considered.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9305 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9305 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9305 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9305 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.


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