MA in Conflict, Governance and Development


The MA in Conflict, Governance and Development provides an opportunity to look in depth at contemporary debates in international development. The programme combines a strong focus on the major theories of development with empirical analysis of the experiences of particular countries and regions.

The programme attracts a wide range of students from across the world including both those with prior experience of working in international development and those continuing directly from earlier studies.

The MA in Conflict, Governance and Development draws upon a diverse range of teaching methods, combining lecture-based learning with interactive and participatory teaching in seminar groups. Teaching draws on the department’s in-depth research experience in most regions of the world, including the Middle East, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and areas of South-East Asia and Eastern Europe.


Two Core Modules

Four Option Modules

Click here for a list of optional modules, and to view the Postgraduate Module Handbook.


During the Summer Term students start work on a dissertation on a topic of their choice. The dissertation is due for submission at the end of the summer vacation.

Study Part-Time

The MA in Conflict, Governance and Development may also be taken on a part-time basis over two years (24 months).


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Andrew Cox, MA Conflict, Governance and Development

"‌As part of a diverse postgraduate community I found that there was a wealth of different experiences and perspectives."‌