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Peace Studies

Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MA
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Social Sciences
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Peace Studies is a field of social science focused on the multilevel study of violence and conflict in a complex and increasingly inter-dependent world.

The MA Peace Studies programme focuses on the multi-level study of violence and conflict in a complex and increasingly interdependent world.

Our course includes exploration and analysis of the converging crises of our times, from inter-state and civil wars; to state and non-state violence; to terrorism; to poverty, inequality and marginalisation; to the ethical implications of scientific and technological progress; to new forms of governance and international regimes for addressing arms proliferation, climate change and world poverty; to civic participation and democratic innovation; to social movements and global activism; and to exploring social differences around gender, class, race, ethnicity and their implications for building equitable human interactions.

Our research is founded on an understanding that no single discipline on its own is sufficient to comprehend the dynamics of issues as complex as war, world hunger, sustainable development and social justice, or problems as challenging as negotiating our differences in culture and belief.

You will acquire subject-specific knowledge and understanding of:

  • The theories and concepts of peace and conflict and their application to global, regional and local contexts
  • The emergence, nature and significance of peace studies as a distinct field of academic enquiry
  • The main concepts in the field and their application to contemporary issues

You will also acquire an ability to evaluate and engage effectively in key debates in the field at recognised postgraduate level.

Why Bradford?

The University of Bradford is the home of the world-renowned Peace Studies division and a Rotary International recognised centre of expertise for teaching and research on peace and conflict.

Entry requirements

  • A good first degree
  • We also give serious consideration to applicants with non-traditional backgrounds

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Peace Studies
  • Cities in Conflict
  • Dissertation project in a topic of your choice (related to Peace Studies)

Option modules

  • Introduction to African Politics
  • Fragile States and the Security-Development Nexus
  • Conflict Resolution Theory
  • International Politics and Security Studies
  • Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding and Statebuilding
  • Religions, Conflict and Peacemaking in a Post-secular World
  • Africa Study Visit
  • Gender, Conflict and Development
  • Applied Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Social Movements, Globalisation and Political Change
  • Regional and Global Security Politics
  • Sustainable Tourism Development

Option Modules:

You have the opportunity to define your own engagement with the discipline by choosing from the full range of modules offered by Peace Studies. It is therefore up to you to decide what specific dimensions of peace you wish to focus on.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Our programme graduates typically follow careers in education, diplomacy, government, work with non-governmental organisations, in journalism and in peace-related and mediation work.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home / EU: £6,500
  • International: £14,900

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.