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L2K609 Defence, Development and Diplomacy MSc Postgraduate Taught 2012


UCAS code L2K609
Degree MSc
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time)
Start Date 2012-10-01
Location Durham City
Department(s) Website
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 5660

Course Content


With conflicts becoming increasingly drawn-out, asymmetric wars of attrition, our understanding of conflict and conflict intervention is undergoing a seismic shift. Conflicts will be determined not by military victory, diplomacy or long-term development alone, but by securing populations through a comprehensive approach that sees to their political, and economic, as well as their security-related needs.

Their outcome will be determined by how well the different arms of government and civil society, both locally and internationally, can work together and how well they understand each others' perspectives. This inter-disciplinary and custom designed.

MA offers the unique opportunity to look at conflict, conflict intervention and post-conflict reconstruction through the lenses of defence, development and diplomacy.

The MA is designed for graduates with a career in government, the armed forces, inter-governmental organisations, NGOs or academia in mind, and for practitioners looking to enhance their practical skills while placing these within a broader theoretical perspective.

Course Structure

5 Core Modules worth 75 credits plus a Dissertation worth 60 credits plus 3 optional modules to the value of 45 credits.

Core Modules

  • Defence, Development and Diplomacy in Conflict: Evolving Actors, Factors and Paradigms
  • Conflict Prevention, Sustainable Peace and Security
  • Conflict Intervention: International Law, Counter-Insurgency and Conflict Diplomacy
  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Stabilisation, Development and State-Building
  • Capstone Exercise: Humanitarian Intervention Simulation (in MSc-specific roles)
  • Dissertation.

Optional Modules

  • Terrorism, State and Society
  • Law and Conflict (Law School)
  • Boundaries, Resources and Conflict (International Boundaries Research Unit)
  • Religion, Culture and Conflict
  • Principled Negotiation in Asymmetric Conflict
  • Conflict Mediation
  • Early Warning and Rapid Response
  • Conflict Sensitivity in Development and Emergency Response
  • Development in Conflict
  • Fieldtrip.

Teaching and assessment details

Essays, Examinations, Policy Documents/Reports.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent.

English Language Requirements

IIELTS 7.0 (with no component below 6.5) or equivalent.

English Language requirements


Requirements and Admissions

You can apply to our postgraduate programmes via our online application process.

Fees and Funding

Fees have not been set for this academic year.


Bursaries are available for academic year 2012/13 to cover UK/EU tuition fees.

If you wish to be considered for a bursary please :

  • Indicate that you wish to apply for a bursary in the section that asks how you will fund the course on the on-line application
  • Submit a research proposal (attached as a document) of no more than 1,500 words excluding sources.

Deadline for bursary applications is 11th March 2012.

Apply on line.

Fees are £8,000 for UK/EU students and £14,500 for overseas students.

For more information and/or advice, please contact us.

For more information on funding opportunities, visit the University's funding database.

Career Opportunities

Government & International Affairs, School of

Our students go on to a wide range of successful careers including civil service and other government agencies,
UN/INGOs/CSOs, journalism, media, teaching, law, banking and finance, diplomatic services and risk analysis.

For further information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and
details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please visit our employability web pages.  

Open days and visits

Campus tours

Are you interested in studying at Durham University? Then why not come along to one of our Campus Tours? They run regularly at Durham City and Queen's Campus, Stockton on Wednesday afternoons. For further information, please click here.

Overseas Visit Schedule

Postgraduate Visits

Department Information

Government & International Affairs, School of


The School's place amongst the top UK departments for Politics and International Relations has been confirmed by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results inwhich50%ofour research rated in the top two categories: ‘world
leading' and ‘internationally excellent'.

The School submitted work by every member of its academic staff to the RAE, with the results showing research
excellence throughout the School. With a further 30% of research rated ‘internationally recognised', 80% of
the School's research output falls in the top three grades of the exercise.

Providing a unique environment for learning, training and research, the School has a truly international base
with students from over 40 different countries studying on both our taught and research courses. The School prides itself on the support it provides for postgraduate students and has dedicated IT and study room facilities. Special collection library facilities are located
within the main University Library, which is a short walk from the School.


Teaching Staff

Prof Habib Ahmed, Sharjah Chair in Islamic Law and Finance
Dr Mehmet Asutay, Reader in Political Economy
Dr Ilan Baron, Lecturer
Dr Joanildo Burity, Senior Lecturer
Dr Gordon Cheung, Senior Lecturer
Dr Gidon Cohen, Senior Lecturer
Ms Lara Coleman, Lecturer in Development and Conflict
Dr Christopher Davidson, Reader in Middle East Politics
Dr Maria Dimova-Cookson, Lecturer
Prof John Dumbrell, Professor of Government
Prof Anoush Ehteshami, Professor
Dr Jeroen Gunning, Reader in Middle East Politics, and Conflict Studies
Dr Olli Hellmann, Lecturer in Asian Political Economy
Dr Geoff Kennedy, Lecturer
Dr David Kerr, Lecturer
Prof Nicholas Lewer, Professor
Dr Yukiko Miyagi, Lecturer
Prof Emma Murphy, Professor
Prof James Piscatori, Professor of International Relations
Dr Christian Schweiger, Lecturer
Dr Julia Stapleton, Reader in Politics
Dr Peter Stirk, Senior Lecturer
Dr Claire Sutherland, Lecturer
Dr Colin Turner, Reader
Dr Nick Vivyan, Lecturer
Dr Stephen Welch, Lecturer
Prof John Williams, Professor
Professor Rodney Wilson, Professor.

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