MA Reconciliation and Peacebuilding 2018, UK


May 31, 2018

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Reconciliation and Peacebuilding 

Course Overview

The programme offers a multidisciplinary introduction to the study and practice of reconciliation and peacebuilding, with the work and experience of St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace informing its design. Drawing on insights from subject areas including psychology, religious studies and the arts, students are encouraged to examine key ideas and theoretical frameworks in the study of reconciliation in a wide variety of different contexts.

Students are supported in identifying and understanding the root causes of conflict, and in critically assessing a range of methods and practices which have the potential to turn violent and destructive conflict into positive and sustainable outcomes. Students are encouraged to reflect on the pivotal relationship between theory and practice and to consider a variety of factors which impact upon the effectiveness of peacebuilding and reconciliation activities. Students have the opportunity to become involved with peacebuilding projects and organisations throughout the duration of the programme.


Graduates pursue careers working in the fields of international development, conflict management, peacebuilding and international relations. This work is often on international and local Non-Governmental Organisations and government, civil service and peacekeeping institutions such as the United Nations and European Union.

Suitable for applicants from

UK, EU, World

Work placements

There are opportunities for students to take part in voluntary work placements or carry out a pre-determined piece of work for a relevant organisation.

Field trips

Students have the opportunity to get involved with peacebuilding projects and organisations throughout the duration of the programme.

Learning and teaching

Start date: September

Distance learning available: MA Reconciliation and Peacebuilding is offered as distance learning only

Teaching takes place: Evenings

The programme is taught by a team of highly qualified and enthusiastic staff including internationally renowned scholars working in the areas of reconciliation and peacebuilding. The programme is delivered through a combination of distance and blended learning. Participation in practical modules requires intensive periods of attendance. All students have access to dedicated tutors and can converse with other students through the University's Learning Network and online forums.


King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester


Types of assessment include portfolios, presentations, reflective journals, practical work, essays and reports. There are no examinations. For the final assessment students have the option of completing a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words; undertaking a consultancy placement with an organisation working in the field, or participating in and reflecting on a practical peacebuilding project.

The validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.
All students will have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening or by contacting the teaching staff.


The program is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Entry Requirements

Normally a first, second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study. The study of conflict resolution and peacebuilding requires the exploration of a wide range of themes and issues which cut across most subject areas, and draws on a range of both qualitative and quantitative methods. The course considers most subject areas from previous higher education suitable. It is important that applicants can demonstrate some knowledge and experience of studying and engaging with contemporary issues, global themes and challenges and articulate a personal and professional motivation for engaging in peacebuilding and reconciliation work. There are additional entry requirements for Distance Learning programmes - please view the Distance Learning Policy online

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent. Due to the Distance Learning deliverance of the course, there are minimum personal computing requirements. Please see the Distance Learning Policy.    

International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing the International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Course Tuition Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Full-time entry | £6,500
Part-time entry | £3,250 p/a

Total Cost | £6,500

International Students

Full-time entry | £6,500
Part-time entry | £3,250 p/a

Total Cost | £6,500

Additional Costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services. There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


There is one optional practical module, usually run in April, which requires 4 days attendance at the University. Students are required to cover the costs of travel to and from the University and accommodation for the nights they attend. University accommodation may be available and can be booked by students at a reasonable cost. Costs vary depending on student's location. For a night in university accommodation, the cost is approximately £35 per night.

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

There are a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see the Scholarships and Awards.


Applicants may apply online at UKPASS, the UCAS online applications system for postgraduate programmes in the UK. Applicants need to complete the registration process before creating their application online. Full details are on the website located at UKPASS. If you are unable to complete your application online, it is possible to apply directly to the University by completing the Masters Direct Entry Application Form.

It is in the best interests of all applicants to apply as soon as possible and before the deadline (31 May 2018). While late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, the University reserves the right not to consider applications received after the deadline if the course has already reached capacity. If there are insufficient acceptances at the published closing date (31 May 2018) to make a course viable, the University reserves the right to close the course. If applicants have received an offer for any course described in this prospectus, but the University discontinues the course prior to registration, the University will notify offer holders by 7 June of the year of entry and will use reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable replacement course.

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May 15, 2018
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