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MA Conflict, Development and Security

This new MA programme addresses the merger between development and security that has strengthened with the ending of the Cold War and the growing fear of terrorism. Policy makers now widely believe that international development is vital if global stability is to be achieved; at the same time, without security, lasting underdevelopment is the result.

Perceptions of war are also changing with an increasing appreciation of factors relating to the vulnerability and resilience of populations living within, across and beyond territorial boundaries. In tackling the global dimensions of economy and poverty, human security and conflict, relations between state and non-state actors are changing. Multilateral institutions, aid organisations and private companies are increasingly active in international humanitarian, social reconstruction and democratisation programmes that are defining a new security agenda.

The programme explores such issues as the changing nature of conflict, the growing importance of non-territoriality, perceptions of state failure and success, political economy, humanitarian intervention, social reconstruction and democratisation within this context. Current theoretical and policy debates are related to case-study material drawn from a variety of regions including Africa, Latin America, the Balkans, Eurasia and Asia. The dissertation provides an opportunity to specialise.

The programme will be of interest to those seeking high-level study or contemplating employment in the fields of international aid, humanitarian assistance, development and security, together with practitioners from these areas wishing to study in more depth.

Core Modules

  • PPR400: Theory and Method in Postgraduate Studies
  • PPR425: Theorising Security and War

Elective Modules

Please note that the availability of elective modules varies from year to year. For currently available modules please check the course handbook.

  • PPR401: Independent Study Module
  • PPR410: Major Approaches to the Study of International Relations
  • PPR411: Approaches to Peace Studies
  • PPR412: International Organisation and Foreign Policy
  • PPR413: Globalisation, the State & Democracy in the Third World
  • PPR414: US Foreign Policy
  • PPR415: International Political Economy and the 'Digital Age'
  • PPR416: States, Markets and Globalisation
  • PPR417: The European Union
  • PPR418: Politics & International Relations of the Middle East
  • PPR419: Conflict Transformation and Resolution
  • PPR420: Conflict Management and Contemporary Conflicts
  • PPR421: Comparative Defence Policy
  • PPR422: Security and Modernity
  • PPR423: Globalisation: Its Meanings, Causes and Consequences
  • PPR424: Conflict, International Intervention & Global Governance
  • PPR426: Political Theory and Modernity: Order, Value, and Critique
  • PPR427: Politics and Policymaking in the UK
  • PPR428: Gender, War and Security in International Relations
  • PPR429: Politics and Policy-Making in Liberal Democracy
  • PPR430: Theories and Concepts in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
  • PPR431: Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
  • PPR433: Social Capital: Making Democracy Work
  • PPR434: Diasporas and Minorities of the Middle East
  • PPR435: International Relations and Politics of South Asia


Funding Opportunities

MA Bursaries of £1000 each now available for 2015 entry.

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