Conflict, Development and Security, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
  • English
    Language
This interdisciplinary programme addresses the convergence of security and development issues, and its implications for analysing the reconstruction of war-affected societies. The Conflict, Development and Security course at University of Leeds bridges the themes of conflict, liberal styles of governance and aid policy. 

About

You’ll also examine the significance of globalisation for the emergence of internal conflict, and for the development of trans-border economics and the political dynamics they may support. You’ll analyse the ways in which security, development and humanitarian agents adapt to instability.

This unique Conflict, Development and Security programme gives you the opportunity to study regionally differentiated responses to conflict in, for example Africa and Afghanistan, and to discuss issues relating to humanitarian conditionality, containment and the role of international organisations and NGOs.

Our academics are widely recognised as leading experts in their field. The research-led teaching you’ll benefit from is directly informed by the cutting-edge research that occurs within the interdisciplinary Centre for Global Development, which involves more than 60 academics from across the University, as well as the Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS), an interdisciplinary centre that brings together scholars with an active interest in Africa from across different schools and faculties at the University of Leeds.

Colleagues working in the International Relations and Security research group participate in research clusters on ‘The Responsibility to Protect and Prosecute’ and ‘Contemporary Democracy and Authoritarianism’ as well as the ‘Middle East Research Group’.

This programme offers you the most depth and breadth of any course that focuses on the increasing merger of development and security issues. It does so by unparalleled case-study expertise on political and social reconstruction from war-affected societies across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The compulsory and optional modules studied will give you the opportunity to:

  • take part in cutting-edge academic inquiry with a distinct policy relevance
  • study in an intellectually vigorous environment
  • participate in a dynamic research atmosphere
  • broaden your understanding of complex political emergencies
  • pursue a career in the humanitarian or social reconstruction sector.

Career opportunities

This programme provides you with an ideal preparation for a career in the international political arena.

Our graduates have pursued a range of exciting and high-profile careers within academia, think tanks and other organisations. These include: teaching and research positions at universities in the UK, US, Europe and Africa; the public sector in the UK (such as UK Border Agency), Europe (including the External Action Service) and Africa (such as police forces); globally operating consultancy and publishing firms; transnational civil society organisations; and the United Nations.

Many graduates continue to pursue their research interests as PhD students.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules

  • Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance
  • Conflict, Development and Security Dissertation
Optional modules
  • Africa in the Contemporary World
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Contemporary Issues in Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Contemporary Politics in the Middle East
  • Counterterrorism
  • Democracy and Development
  • European Defence and Security Analysis
  • Gender, Globalisation and Development
  • Global Justice
  • Global Politics of Health: Power and Inequity
  • International Political Economy
  • International Relations and the Environment
  • Insurgency
  • Policing Post-Conflict Cities
  • Political Economy of Resources and Development
  • Research Methods
  • Terrorism
  • The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
  • The Rise of China

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related discipline or an equivalent professional qualification.

Funding

POLIS offers one full-fees and one partial-fees scholarship for UK/EU applicants wishing to study a full-time Masters.

For applicants who are nationals of China, Japan, Nigeria, India and South Korea and wishing to study a full-time Masters, POLIS offers up to five scholarships to the value of £3000.

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