L2K609 Defence, Development and Diplomacy MSc Postgraduate Taught 2015
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 MSc offers the unique opportunity to look at conflict, conflict intervention and post-conflict reconstruction through the lenses of defence, development and diplomacy.
The MSc 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.
Five core modules worth 75 credits plus a Dissertation worth 60 credits plus three optional modules to the value of 45 credits.
- Defence, Development and Diplomacy in Conflict: Evolving Actors, Factors and Paradigms
- Conflict Prevention and Sustainable Peace
- 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)
- Law and Conflict (Law School)
- Religion, Culture and Conflict
- Principled Negotiation in Asymmetric Conflict
- Conflict Mediation
- Development in Conflict
- Conflict Sensitive Project Design
- Negotiation in Asymmetric Conflict
- Re-thinking Counter Terrorism
- International Human Rights Law, Development and Commerce.
Learning and Teaching
At the beginning of the academic year, students go through two-day induction events in which they are informed about the University, the School, the MSc programmes and the facilities available for their learning.
The 180 credits one-year MSc degree programme is divided into five core and three optional modules of 15 credits each. Furthermore, students have to submit a dissertation of 60 credits of not more than15,000 words. Most of the modules are delivered during the first two terms and students spend the remaining time to write the dissertation.
Although all modules have 18/19 contact hours, the core modules are spread over 9/10 weeks and 132 hours of self-directed learning. The modules are mainly delivered through weekly 2-hour sessions which take the form of a one hour lecture and a one hour tutorial. The form in which seminars are conducted can differ from one module to another. Typically modules would have elements of lectures, discussions, and presentations from students—the extent of each of these components would differ from one module to another. The optional modules of the programme are delivered over two full days, through a mixture of lectures, Q&A sessions, seminar discussions, and role plays.
Formative assessment is given on seminar contributions, role plays, and formative essays. Students have the opportunity to meet their lecturers to discuss their marks and other issues arising from their course performance. Students also have the opportunity to attend ‘essay surgeries’ in which they can discuss the structure and content of their essays early in the course.
Students can also meet their module coordinators or programme coordinator during their weekly contact hours or by making an appointment. When students are working on their dissertations during the latter half of the year, they are required to attend two 4-hour workshops. In addition, they have the opportunity to meet their assigned supervisors for an average of 6 meetings. Students also have access to the MSc Programme Director and the School’s Director of Taught Post Graduate Studies whenever there is a need.
SGIA conducts weekly seminars and organises lectures and conferences which all postgraduate students can attend. Students are also fully integrated into the Durham Global Security Institute, which delivers this MSc programme and hosts guest lectures and seminars throughout the year. These events provide students with the opportunity to engage with, and debate, the most important issues in current political and international studies, and in conflict, peace and security studies.
Throughout the programme students can contact the Careers Office of the University to get advice on available job prospects and get assistance on applying for these.
Subjects required, level and grade
2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent.
English Language requirements
IELTS of 7.0 (with no component below 6.5) or equivalent.
Requirements and Admissions
The University accepts the following alternative English language tests and scores.
Fees and Funding
Fees shown are for one year. Total fee will depend on the length of your programme. All fees are subject to annual increases. For more information please visit the Tuition Fees page www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance/tuition
EU student fees£9900
Home student fees£9900
Islands student fees£9900
International non-EU student fees£17900
Scholarships and funding
School of Government & International Affairs
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
Overseas Visit Schedule
School of Government & International Affairs
The School is placed amongst the top UK departments for Politics and International Relations. 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.
- Prof Habib Ahmed, Sharjah Chair in Islamic Law and Finance
- Dr Mehmet Asutay, Reader in Political Economy
- Dr Jutta Bakonyi, Senior Lecturer
- Dr Ilan Baron, Lecturer
- Dr Gordon Cheung, Senior Lecturer
- Dr Gidon Cohen, Senior Lecturer
- Dr Christopher Davidson, Reader in Middle East Politics
- Dr Maria Dimova-Cookson, Lecturer
- Prof John Dumbrell, Professor of Government
- Prof Anoush Ehteshami, Professor
- Prof Shaun Gregory, Professor of International Security
- Dr Jeroen Gunning, Reader in Middle East Politics, and Conflict Studies
- Prof David Held, Professor
- Dr Olli Hellmann, Lecturer in Asian Political Economy
- Prof Alice Hills, Professor of Conflict Studies
- Prof Clive Jones, Professor of Regional Security
- Dr Vincent Keating, Lecturer
- Dr Geoff Kennedy, Lecturer
- Dr David Kerr, Lecturer
- Prof Nicholas Lewer, Professor
- 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
- Dr Ruth Wittlinger, Senior Lecturer
- Mr Nazin Zaman, Lecturer
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