MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice
Queen's University Belfast - Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Belfast, United Kingdom
1 - 3 year
Full time, Part time
GBP 19,100 / per year *
Earliest start date
* Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland: £6,980 | England, Scotland or Wales: £8,360 | EU Other and International: £19,100
This is a unique and innovative interdisciplinary programme taught through subject areas that include law, anthropology, English, history, philosophy, politics, psychology, sociology and the creative arts. Module choice within the programme will permit you to build your own personalised portfolio of knowledge and learning within the area of conflict transformation and social justice. You will be taught by academics and practitioners whose expertise is both national and global and who offer research-led teaching in areas of conflict such as South/ Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Southern Europe, South America and Northern Ireland.
Queens University offers the only global interdisciplinary MA programme on Conflict Transformation and Social Justice.
Conflict Transformation And Social Justice Highlights
This programme offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding both conflict transformation and social justice, working closely with The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute.
Queen’s currently has over 3,000 international students from 85 different countries. Queen’s is ranked 22nd in the world for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020). This programme attracts a diverse range of students, both local and international enhancing and enriching the classroom learning experience.
Our graduates find employment in NGOs, civil sector organisations, policy research, law, advocacy, government, peace journalism, and conflict mediation settings.
Internationally Renowned Experts
Students are afforded the opportunity to meet both scholars and practitioners of conflict transformation and social justice through a range of modules, masterclasses and events that emphasize both the scholarly and applied elements of conflict transformation and social justice.
You will be taught by staff with research profiles of international standing and a wide range of interest in conflict transformation and social justice both geographically and disciplinary You will have annual masterclasses with visiting world-leading researchers, diplomats and/or practitioners.
This programme offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding both conflict transformation and social justice. Students will meet experts from three different schools as well as the for Global Peace, Security and Justice, allowing for a broad range of geographical and conceptual/disciplinary insights.
Location of Belfast: globally-significant locale for conflict and peace research; access to institutions, community projects, and case studies for students' own work. Voluntary placements with local community groups are also facilitated as part of this programme.
Students may enrol on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years) basis. Students must complete two core modules (40 CATS points), four optional modules (80 CATS points) and a research dissertation (60 CATS points).
The MA is awarded to students who successfully complete six taught modules (120 CATS points) and a research dissertation (60 CATS points).
Exit qualifications are available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught modules.
Students will study and critically examine the key conceptual, moral, legal, political and cultural issues that relate to conflict, conflict transformation and social justice. This may relate to the fields of politics, law, sociology, history, anthropology, English, drama and psychology.
Students are required to complete two compulsory taught modules as well as the triple weighted dissertation (60 CATS):
These modules are CSJ7001 Global Concepts and Practices of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (20 CATS) and HAP7001 Approaches to Research Design (20 CATS).
In addition to the compulsory modules, students take 60 CATS points of optional modules from the Institute and from existing programmes delivered by the following Schools: Social Sciences, Education and Social Work; History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics; Arts, English and Language; Law and Management.
There are also several bespoke Conflict Transformation and Social Justice elective modules covering issues of community divisions, the legacy of conflict, religion and peacebuilding etc.
Semester One (Autumn)
- CSJ7001 Global Concepts and Practice of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (Full year module)
- HAP7001 Approaches to Research Design
- LAW7811 Transitional Justice
- LAW7812 International Human Rights Law
- LAW7810 Theoretical Criminology
- LAW7813 Human Rights in Practice
- PAI7022 The Politics of the Republic of Ireland
- PAI7039 Gender, Peace and Security
- PHL7056 Global Ethics
- SCA7002 Cultural Policy: International Perspectives
*modules are subject to change depending on availability
Semester Two (Spring)
- CSJ7002 Dissertation
- CSJ7010 Research Approaches and Methods: Conflict Transformation & Social Justice, Int Relations, VTS
- SOC9062 Conflict and Change in Northern Ireland: New Sociological Research
- PAI7052 Institutions and Politics of the European Union
- PAI7007 Global Terrorism
- PAI7036 The Politics and Political Economy of Energy and Low Carbon Energy Transitions
- PAI7032 Gender and Politics
- ANT7013 The Anthropology of Music
- PAI7021 The Politics of Northern Ireland
- ANT7023 Anthropology of Conflict: Ireland and Beyond
- SOC9058 Inequality and Emotions
- LAW7841 Issues in Policing and Crime Prevention
- PAI7030 International Political Economy
- CSJ7008 Conflict Mediation and Transformation
- PAI7027 Conflict Intervention
- PAI7058 From Cold War to Cold Peace: The Transformation of the International Order, 1979-1999
- CSJ7005 Religion and Peacebuilding
- PAI7100 Engaging citizens in democratic institutions
- LAW7816 Comparative Human Rights
- LAW7815 Counter-terrorism and Human Rights
- PHL7038 Philosophy of Conflict and War
*modules are subject to change depending on availability
Program Tuition Fee
Our MA will equip you with the knowledge and skills to pursue a range of careers in the private, public and voluntary sectors, domestically and internationally, including working in peacebuilding organisations, charities, international development agencies, journalism, social and community work, dispute resolution, counselling, policing, politics and policy development, law, teaching, religious ministry, research, and doctoral study/academia.
Employment after the Course
Our MA can help you gain the skills and knowledge that can lead to meaningful work in a range of fields all over the world.
You may follow in the footsteps of some of our alumni, who are building careers in restorative justice, equality advocacy, international diplomacy (embassy work), the United Nations, Law school and doctoral programmes, policing, peacebuilding organisations, and organisations working with victims of human trafficking.
Our MA can also be useful as an aspect of continuing professional development for those already working in careers in social and community work, politics and policy making, teaching, policing, religious ministry, the victim's sector, and journalism.
The study and employability skills associated with the MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice include:
- Group work
- Independent learning
- The collection and analysis of information
- Research skills
- Communication skills: oral, written and presentation skills
- Working under time constraints and to the deadline
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's, you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world-leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.