International Conflict

Kingston University

12 months
14500 GBP/year
8190 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The International Conflict course at Kingston University covers the theory and history of international conflict and of intra- and inter-state disputes in the contemporary international system. It draws on subjects such as international relations, politics, economics, sociology and history. 


Key features

  • The case studies, backed up by the theoretical and historical foundations taught in this course, bridge the gap between traditional international relations courses - the rationale of which is based on institutional and/or statist approaches - and those that specialise in conflict management and resolution.
  • Our year-long (30-credit) modules provide increased contact time with academic staff. You will also be fully supported in preparing your dissertation, in which you will research an area of interest in depth.
  • Lively discussion is encouraged, and you'll be able to attend lectures with visiting speakers, leading academics and figures from human rights and international organisations. Recent speakers include Stanislav Shushkevich, former Belarusian leader

What will you study?

During the International Conflict course at Kingston University, you will look at the theory and history behind international conflict at all levels of interaction, from the interpersonal to the international. You will also examine how conflict manifests itself in the contemporary international system, and the techniques available to manage and resolve violent disputes. In addition, you will explore key questions, such as the role of religion and gender in conflict, weapons proliferation, the function of outside actors, and the effects of conflict on civilians.

Where this course will take you

This course is designed to:

  • serve as a conversion course for those with an interest in security and politics who do not have a background in this area;
  • act as a stepping stone for graduates intending to pursue doctoral studies in international relations, politics, development studies, history and other relevant fields; and
  • provide a valuable background for a career in government, journalism, law, accountancy, business or the media – thanks to the policy-making and briefing skills you acquire.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Conflict Theory and Resolution
  • Contemporary Issues and Case Studies in Security and Conflict
  • Politics Dissertation
  • Research Skills and Dissertation/Project Proposal
  • Crime, Harm and Justice
  • Freedom, Censorship and Subversion
  • From State to Global Politics
  • Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • applicants who require a visa - the first week of August 
  • all other applicants - the first week of September
  • we may still accept applications after this dates




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

One or more of the following:

  • A second class degree or above or equivalent in an area appropriate to the content of the degree.
  • Relevant non-certified learning.
  • An appropriate combination of certificated and non-certificated learning.

Work experience

Applicants with prior qualifications and learning may be exempt from appropriate parts of a course in accordance with the University's policy for the assessment of prior learning and prior experiential learning.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8190 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8190 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
Home and European Union
  • MSc part time £4,504
  • MSc part time  £7,975


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International Conflict
Kingston University