Tuition fee:
  • £ 5,200 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 12,100 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
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This course will provide you with a substantial grounding in the theory and history of international conflict and of intra- and inter-state disputes in the contemporary international system. It explores the multidisciplinary theoretical roots of international conflict, drawing on contributions from subjects such as international relations, politics, economics, sociology and history.

This course also enables you to examine and analyse the various issues and dynamics that shape and influence conflict in the modern world, as well as explore the practical tools available to manage and resolve conflict.

What will you study?

The course is split into three stages. In the first stage you will look at the theory and history behind international conflict at all levels of interaction, from the interpersonal to the international. You will also have the chance to examine the way in which conflict manifests itself in the contemporary international system and the techniques available to manage and resolve violent disputes, including peacekeeping, mediation and negotiation.

In the second stage you will examine practical examples of ways in which conflict has been managed by studying several specific case studies. You will also explore a number of key questions relating to conflict, such as the role of religion and gender in conflict, weapons proliferation, the function of outside actors, and the effects of conflict on civilian populations.

In stage three you will build on what you have learnt and apply your skills in a piece of original research of 12,000-15,000 words.


Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

  • Conflict Theory and Analysis
  • Contemporary Issues in Conflict and Security
  • Managing and Resolving International Conflict
  • Research Skills and Dissertation or Project Proposal

Optional modules

  • Applied Research Project
  • Dissertation
  • Environmental Politics: Movements and Ideas
  • From State to Global Politics
  • Nationalism and Modernity
  • Terrorism, Political Violence and Human Rights
  • Britain's Role in the World since 1900
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Foundations and Frameworks of Human Rights
  • Human Rights Actors and Activities
  • Political Communication, Advocacy and Campaigning
  • The Politics of Mass Murder
  • Themes in Latin American Politics
  • Theories of International Relations
  • US Foreign Policy in an Age of Terror
  • Work Placement
  • Defining and Protecting Human Rights
  • Europe in the Contemporary World
  • Human Rights and Political Violence
  • International Political Economy
  • Media, Public Policy and International Politics
  • Strategies for Achieving Human Rights
  • The Politics of Nationalism in the Contemporary Middle East


One or more of the following:

  • A second class degree or above or equivalent in an area appropriate to the content of the degree.
  • Relevant non-certified learning.
  • An appropriate combination of certificated and non-certificated learning.


We normally invite all applicants who fulfil, or are likely to fulfil, the admissions requirements for an interview with the course director or another senior member of the teaching team. International students based overseas can arrange for an interview by email or telephone.

Prior learning - AP(E)L

Applicants with prior qualifications and learning may be exempt from appropriate parts of a course in accordance with the University's policy for the assessment of prior learning and prior experiential learning. Contact the faculty office for further information.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from one of the recognised Majority English Speaking Countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

80 (Grade A)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


Kingston University bursaries

Bursaries of up to £500 for Kingston University alumni (Home/EU only).

Annual Fund postgraduate scholarships

The Development Office offers a number of postgraduate scholarships for UK and EU students.

They are available for all courses (except teacher training/PGCE courses) and will pay 50% of the fees (up to £3,000 for the 2012/13 academic year) for a one-year, full-time or two-years, part-time masters programme.

International scholarships

The International Office is offers awards totalling £250,000 every year, with each scholarship worth £3,300. These are open to prospective full-time postgraduates in any subject area on a one-year taught masters degree.

You can apply for an international scholarship if you:

  • are an international student (classified as 'overseas' for fee purposes);
  • have an offer of a place on a course at Kingston for 2012/13 entry; and
  • are not currently registered on a postgraduate course at Kingston University.

You might also be eligible for an international loyalty bursary if you are an overseas Kingston University alumnus or have a family connection with the University.

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