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The Programme

We offer a variety of Master degree courses such as Peace, Conflict and Development; Sustainable Development; Advanced Practice in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution; International Politics and Security Studies and International Development Management. Many graduates find that studying in Peace Studies and International Development helps them move on to postgraduate research via doctoral degrees at other world-class institutions due to the department’s reputation and the high standards that we foster. The academic training they receive – wide-ranging, critical, and applied – also in gaining employment. Recent Rotary Fellows have gone on to work for the UNHCR, the Red Cross, Save the Children, the United Nations High Commission and the Human Rights, International Organisation for Migration etc.  All our Masters programmes are designed to be flexible and cover a diverse range of subjects from the arms trade and arms control, and conflict prevention in fragile states, to natural resource governance, post-conflict peacebuilding and the management of development.

We are committed to train new generations of peace researchers and have built a vibrant, supportive and critical research environment  With over 130 postgraduate students from more than 50 countries, including around 100 full-time and part-time research students and 24 academic staff, it is the world’s largest teaching department for peace studies and international development and was acknowledged in the 2014 UK government’s Research Excellence Framework to have world-leading impact on global policy-making.

Graduates of the Division of Peace Studies and International Development go onto a wide range of careers, international organisations, international NGO’s and charities, government jobs such as civil service, law enforcement etc.

For Rotary Fellows the programme consists of the following:

  • September to May: Coursework
  • June to August: Applied Field Experience
  • September to December: Dissertation

The Programme at the Department of Peace Studies

The Rotary Peace Centre is located within the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, the world’s largest university centre for research and courses on peace studies and conflict resolution. The Department of Peace Studies offers six MA degree courses in Peace Studies; Conflict Resolution; Conflict, Security and Development; African Peace and Conflict Studies; Politics and Participation; and International Politics and Security Studies, as well as a substantial MPhil Program leading to research degrees.

We combine empirical, theoretical and applied research with sustained engagement at international, regional, national and local levels to analyse, prevent and resolve conflicts and develop peaceful societies. We aim for an enabling environment for international research excellence involving diverse and critical approaches.

The Department is committed to train new generations of peace researchers and has built a vibrant, supportive and critical research environment. With around 200 postgraduate students from more than 35 countries, including around 100 full-time and part-time research students and 35 staff, it is the world’s largest university peace studies department and is widely acknowledged to have a substantial impact on policy communities in Britain and many other countries.

The Department is highly unusual in having established a large, vigorous interdisciplinary team of researchers to focus on issues of peace and conflict. Staff expertise includes political science, international relations, economics, history, philosophy, sociology, social anthropology, social psychology, modern languages, theology, education, development studies, mathematics, physics, chemistry and the biological sciences.