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Durham University

Durham Global Security Institute

MSc Programmes

Durham Global Security Institute offers two interdisciplinary Masters programmes

Durham Global Security Institute Masters Degrees

Durham Global Security Institute Masters Degrees

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Dr Stefanie Kappler explains the similarities and differences of the two DGSi Masters Programmes, the opportunities they present and the career options available upon graduation. For more information see

All courses are designed to maximise inter-participant interaction. The MScs explore the interface between defence, development and diplomacy in conflict contexts. They explore causes and effects of violence, and approaches towards conflict prevention, stabilisation and post-conflict reconstruction. Straddling war and peace studies, and drawing on (international) politics, law, geography and anthropology, among others, the programmes enable students to engage with theories, to discuss with academics and practitioners and to gain practical skills. Both courses use a broad range of teaching methods, among them, lectures, seminars, role plays, simulations and round tables.

Cross-cutting themes include the changing relationship between state, society and the international system; the role of law, ethics, culture and communication; the interplay between the local and the transnational; and the relationship between different approaches towards security. The MScs are targeted at professionals from governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, graduates and those wishing to pursue further research.

Term 2 (MSc Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding)
Responses: Peace Processes and Political Negotiation
Consolidating Peace After Violence
Term 2 (MSc Defence, Development & Diplomacy)
Conflict Intervention
Post-conflict Reconstruction
Conflict Analysis
• Conflict Sensitive Project Management (CPD)
• International Negotiation (CPD)
• Defence Engagement, Policies & Strategies (CPD)
Field Trip
• Conflict Mediation (CPD)
• Urban Violence - Urban Peacebuilding (CPD)
• Peacebuilding and Participation (CPD)