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Peace and Conflict Studies (PGDip)

Coventry University
Coventry, Great Britain
 1142 Points
1 Year, 4 Months

Program Description

This is the Centre’s most established postgraduate course. It provides students from all over the world with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of issues, theories and practices relating to peace and conflict. you will be taught how to apply theory and draw on case studies to aid peacebuilding in complex situations. The programme is designed to enhance the skills and abilities of people seeking to achieve and strengthen peace in their local communities and around the world.

Entry Requirements

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Bachelor's Degree
Degree from State Technical Institute
English Level
Professional Experience
Required working experience related to the Program
More than 5 years

Information about requirements:

  • A 2:2 or above degree (or equivalent international grade/qualification), from a recognised University, preferably in a social science subject (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Security Studies, International Relations, Politics, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Studies, etc.).
  • Reference letter from a current/ former tutor and/ or line manager

More requirements:

  • Academic transcripts

Other accepted English qualifications and information:

  • SELT
  • Cambridge Pre-U
  • If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.


Project Design and Planning

This module enables students to understand aspects of project design and funding proposal development in a variety of contexts such as development, social work, security, NGOs and beyond.

Religion, Peace and Conflict

The module will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the impact that core theological and ethical themes within the world’s living religions can have on attitudes to peace and conflict. It will also help you to develop the skills to investigate and encourage you to critically analyse the impact that religious ideas have on contemporary conflict situations and the practice of peacebuilding.

Comparative Peace Processes

The module enables you to develop the theoretical and analytical capacity to evaluate and critically engage with the relationship between types of conflicts, the manner in which they are settled, and the problems of promoting sustainable post-settlement peace processes.

This module aims to examine a range of regional conflicts exploring the manner in which a formal peace agreement came about, and encourages you to identify the range of peacebuilding initiatives involved in the efforts to deepen the peace and promote reconciliation during the post-peace settlement period.

Project Management in Practice

This module helps you to understand how projects are implemented and managed. This will cover a variety of project management tools and approaches to measure progress such as success indicators, milestones and deliverables.

Gender, Violence and Justice

This module encourages you to develop a solid theoretical and practical understanding of violence, conflict, peace and justice from a gender perspective. You will be asked to explore the relationship between gender and militarism and how masculinities and femininities are constructed in times of war and post-conflict transition.

You will also be offered opportunities to acquire a deeper understanding of the gendered nature of violence in conflict and particularly of the conflict related sexual violence. In doing this you should develop knowledge of transitional justice responses to gender-based violence and critically reflect on the concept of gender Justice.

Finally, you will be asked to study the UN framework on “Women, Peace and Security” which originated with the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) and you should build an understanding of its policy implications on the national and international level and implemented on the ground.

Environment, Conflict and Sustainability

This interdisciplinary module examines the complex interactions of natural resources, environment, conflict, development and peace on land and at sea. It looks at key theories and concepts in the area such as ‘resource curse,’ ‘extractivism,’ ‘environmental justice’ and ‘political ecology.’

It also analyses specific conflicts and identifies challenges and opportunities for equitable natural resource governance towards sustainable peace and development. The module will provide you with analytical tools from multiple perspectives including politics, sociology, political economy and geography to encourage critical reflection about contemporary debates on resource conflict, natural resource governance and environmental peacebuilding.


This course equips students who have an interest in peace and conflict with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to work for a broad range of organisations such as:

  • international non-government organisations
  • multi-national government organisations like the United Nations
  • regional communities such as the European Union or the Economic Community of West African States
  • faith groups
  • faith-based organisations
  • community organisations
  • the private sector
  • think tanks
  • academia

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