Development is an inherently political process of change that tests human relationships.
By exploring these relationships you’ll see the connections between violent and non-violent conflict, processes of development, and how they relate to the governance of our modern world.
You’ll get to examine key conflict and development case studies and apply major theories of international development to deepen your understanding of local, national and global processes of change as part of this dynamic course.
The course has allowed me to follow my interest in development across the world, and given me the theoretical and analytical tools to adapt myself to different situations.Solene, MA Conflict, Governance and Development
We are ranked eighth in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, confirming York’s standing as a centre of world-leading and internationally excellent research, with major global and national impact.
Our academics lead research in many political areas, including conflict, security and development, political economy, international politics, political theory and public policy. Our staff advise governments and organisations globally and regularly contribute to news and current affairs programmes.
Enjoy vibrant discussions and debate across two core modules that are designed to draw the very most from our department’s in-depth research experience, which spans the Middle East, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Asia and Eastern Europe.
It’s a course that attracts students with experience in conflict and development practice from around the world, so you also learn and benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience.
You'll study two core modules:
Plus, four optional modules from a range of subjects:
Our choice of modules let's you develop expertise, in the areas that you feel most passionate about.
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
During the summer term and vacation you will consolidate your interests in a 12,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice.
Previous dissertation titles include:
|Part-time (2 years)|
Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
year 1 fee
year 1 fee
|Full-time (1 year)||£7,580||£16,780|
For courses which are longer than one year, the tuition fees quoted are for the first year of study. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase (no more than 2% each year).
You may incur some additional expenses for books. These costs are optional - our university library is well stocked. If the resources you need aren't available, you can borrow via inter-library loans or order new books to our library for free.
UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.
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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
We have a number of scholarships and funding opportunities available. Find out about postgraduate funding.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
You'll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and one-to-one supervision. We offer a personal approach to learning with much of our teaching conducted in small groups.
You'll be taught by academics at the forefront of research across a number of political areas such as conflict, security and development, political economy, international politics, political theory and public policy. As international experts in their field, our staff advise governments and organisations globally and regularly contribute to news and current affairs programmes. Our expertise and experience feed directly into our teaching.
You will be based in the Department of Politics in Derwent College on Campus West. Around half of your teaching will take place in Derwent College; the rest of your contact hours will take place nearby.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You submit six essays; three are submitted at the end of the Autumn term and three at the end of the Spring term (essays are usually around 4,000 words long).
Your final dissertation of between 10,000 - 12,000 words is submitted at end of your last term.
We offer the opportunity to present your dissertation at our research seminar presentation workshops. These are not formally assessed (not credit bearing), but they give you the chance to hone your presentation skills and to get verbal feedback from your tutors and peers.
From political research to journalism, marketing and HR, a masters degree in Conflict, Governance and Development leads to a broad range of career opportunities.
Our students have found work in central or local government, non-governmental organisations, community and voluntary organisations, social enterprise, higher education, accountancy and banking organisations, law firms, media companies and international and global development bodies.
Recent graduates from the department work as university lecturers, parliamentary assistants, librarians and television producers. Other popular employers include:
The best thing about studying at York is the learning environment. The classes are such engaging settings for discussing and analysing the debates being had between academics in the field, and the courses are very well organised, with comprehensive reading lists and carefully structured module content.Peter, MA Conflict Governance and Development
Eligible applicants have, or are soon to complete, a Bachelors degree at 2:1 or above. Eligible applicants have, or are soon to complete, a Bachelors degree at 2:1 or above. We are willing to consider applications from students with lower qualifications, particularly when the student has high marks in relevant modules/ or appropriate professional experience. If you are applying with a lower qualification, you must include a written work sample with your application.
If you earned your Bachelors degree outside of the UK, you should check that it is equivalent to a 2:1. Our country-specific pages can help you to find out.
If you are unsure about your eligibility, or want to enquire informally about whether this course would be suitable for you, please contact us.
Applicants whose first language is not English may need to satisfy language requirements.
The Department of Politics has a higher minimum level than the University more generally because of the more difficult nature of the literature that Politics students must engage with. The departmental requirements are:
IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component)
The University accepts other evidence of English language attainment; please see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.
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