M.Sc. On Campus

Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding

Durham University

12 months
24300 GBP/year
14000 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding MSc at Durham University offers the unique opportunity to look at conflict prevention and peacebuilding through the lenses of human security, social justice, and people’s diplomacy.



While negotiated agreements may spell the official end of conflict, repeated failures to secure long-lasting peace around the globe call attention to the need for more encompassing approaches to peacebuilding. Attuned to social as well as political needs, conflict prevention as well as pro-active peacebuilding, new forms of intervention are calling for practices that take local perspectives seriously, that look to hitherto unrepresented social actors such as the youth and women as necessary agents in the quest for peace, and that account for wide-ranging effects of conflict and peace initiatives in areas that are traditionally deprioritised such as health and the environment, to help prevent adversities before they happen.  

The MSc is designed for graduates with a career in government, inter-governmental organisations, NGOs, humanitarian organisations, or academia in mind, and for practitioners looking to enhance their practical skills while placing these within a broader theoretical perspective.

The Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding MSc at Durham University will provide you with advanced knowledge of the complex and specialised areas of peacebuilding, among it conflict analysis, conflict prevention, conflict resolution and conflict transformation, community driven reconstruction, peace processes within the context of contemporary conflicts and in the context of broader international (humanitarian) interventions. Integrated into the MSc structure are opportunities to develop operational and vocational skills for example in negotiations, conflict mediation, conflict sensitive programme design and programme management, or urban peacebuilding. You are provided with theoretical and empirical knowledge and with practical skills that are helpful for current and future employment opportunities. The courses are thus attractive to both graduates and mid-career practitioners. Whilst the academic and applied focus of the MSc comes through a peace and conflict studies analytic lens, course material will also draw from traditional strategic/security and development studies, enabling cross fertilisation between different perspectives. It allows the exploration of unique and new paradigms and practices in the fields of conflict, peace, security, defence, diplomacy, development and humanitarian intervention.

Programme Structure

Core modules:

  • Defence, Development and Diplomacy in Conflict
  • Conflict Prevention and Sustainable Peace
  • Peace Processes and Everyday Political Negotiation
  • Consolidating Peace after Violence
  • Capstone Exercise: Humanitarian Intervention Simulation
  • Dissertation
Examples of optional modules:

Optional modules in previous years have included:

  • Transitory Lives: Migration Research and Advocacy
  • Conflict Mediation
  • Fieldtrip
  • Gender, Security, and Postconflict Reconstruction
  • Contemporary Challenges in UN Peacekeeping
  • Conflict Analysis
  • Urban Violence - Urban Peacebuilding
  • Capturing and Counting Peace and Conflict.
  • Participatory Approaches to Peace and Development
  • Conflict Sensitive Programme Management
  • Curating Human Remains.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Subject requirements, level and grade

  • UK 2.1 Bachelor degree, or equivalent.
  • The degree should be in the field of social sciences, but we will actively consider significant relevant experience in lieu of this requirement.
  • Two satisfactory academic references. In cases of applicants who have significant relevant experience, one work-related reference and one academic reference would be considered appropriate.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    14000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • Home/Island Student: £7,700 per year
  • International non-EU/EU Student: £13,365 per year

Living costs for Durham

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.


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