With leading international experts you’ll explore how to bring solution-based approaches to conflict-affected societies.
You'll learn how cutting-edge research is being developed and how to apply major theories of post-war reconstruction to current global challenges.
You'll develop specialist knowledge in the complexities of post-war recovery and gain a mix of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. As the course progresses you'll develop your own specialist areas of interest relating to humanitarian aid, peace-building and post-war reconstruction. You'll gain real-world experience from a field trip to a post-war region and a work experience placement with a local, national or international organisation.
There are very few courses that have the same ability to bridge the gap between theory and practice. This course attracts a rich and diverse student base and - coupled with the expertise of its academics - students are given the best opportunity to debate the challenges of post-conflict recovery.Laura, MA Post-War Recovery Studies
We're ranked eighth in the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework results
You'll be taught by researchers who are actively involved in groundbreaking research projects in peace building, aid and post-war reconstruction
You'll study 180 credits in total. The course consists of:
You'll choose one option module:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
You'll write a 13,000-word dissertation based on an original research project. Although the dissertation officially starts in the Spring Term, you should begin discussing dissertation ideas as early as possible in the year.
You'll work independently to develop a plan, with support and guidance from a personal academic supervisor. Your work placement is an excellent opportunity to undertake research in the field. You'll write up your dissertation between May and September.
Your dissertation is a major factor in the selection of the Guido Galli award, which is given to each year's most outstanding student. All students who produce outstanding dissertations are given an opportunity to turn their dissertation into a published article, under the guidance of faculty staff.
You'll undertake a six- to eight-week work placement with a local, national or international organisation, working on a particular aspect of post-war recovery, humanitarian action, or development.
You'll undertake a field trip to a post-war region, led by experienced staff. You'll gain first hand, ground-level understandings of recovery and reconstruction in the aftermath of war. You'll develop the methodological, logistical and ethical skills and sensibilities required to work in conflict-affected settings.
The field trip enables you to connect theory with practice in a complex and politically volatile environment, giving you well-rounded experience to take into the workplace. Previous students have been to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Jordan, Lebanon, and Sri Lanka, while more recent trips have focused on Kosovo.
The field trip takes place during the Autumn Term and will cost between £1,250-£1,500. You will pay this in one lump sum in January. The payment covers flights, accommodation, coach travel, and breakfast and dinner each day.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
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Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
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Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.
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).
This course has costs over and above the tuition fees.
The trip to a post-war country will cost between £1,250-£1,500. You will pay this in one lump sum in January. The payment covers flights, accommodation, coach travel, and breakfast and dinner each day.
You are advised to budget around £2000 for the work placement, although the specific amount will vary depending on what you choose to do. The costs normally include flights, accommodation, food, and other expenses. You may be able to arrange for your host organisation to cover some of the costs, such as help with accommodation and transport to/from the airport, for example.
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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.
Our teaching is based on a multidisciplinary and analytical approach to the long-term challenges to post-war recovery. We'll introduce you to the core theoretical approaches in conflict and peace studies.
A core part of this teaching relies on in-depth critical discussion of contemporary case studies, many of which draw on our academics' experience in the field. We also welcome frequent guest lecturers: often high-level professionals in national and international organisations.
You will be based in the Department of Politics on Campus West. A large proportion of your teaching will take place in the University library and the Spring Lane building, with some teaching taking place in other locations on Campus West.
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.
Most of your assessments will take the form of written essays and reports:
Throughout the course you'll also complete formative assignments including presentations and literature reviews. You'll receive feedback on these to guide your development, but the marks don't count towards your final grade.
Our graduates have gone on to leading roles in governmental and non-governmental organisations and charities, working in areas affected by conflict around the world. Their work spans the post-war recovery spectrum, from organising emergency education provision to overseeing land-mine removal.
Others use the skills they have developed in a broad range of industries from disaster relief to business consultancy. Many go on to further study at York and other leading universities.
We typically ask for a degree at 2:1 or above.
We are willing to consider applicants with lower qualifications, particularly if you have high marks in relevant modules and/or appropriate professional experience. If you are applying with a lower qualification, you must include a written work sample with your application. Additional information may be requested.
If you are unsure about your eligibility, or want to enquire informally about whether this course would be suitable for you, please contact us.
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.
Applicants whose first language is not English may need to satisfy language requirements:
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