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Peacebuilding and Mediation MPhil

University of St Andrews
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
St Andrews
05 September 2022
Application deadline: 11 August 2022

Program description

Peacebuilding and Mediation MPhil

The MPhil component of the Peacebuilding and Mediation program provides students with additional experience across a range of specialized topics in peace studies. Students enrolled in the two-year MPhil complete core and optional modules in the Peacebuilding and Mediation program in their first year. In their second year, MPhil students complete a semester abroad at one of several excellent peace studies programs in Europe and will develop research practice skills through a compulsory semester placement with UK academics or local or international NGOs working at the cutting edge of peacebuilding and mediation practice.

Admission requirements

  • A good 2.1 Honours degree in political science, international relations, social sciences or other relevant disciplines. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
  • English language proficiency.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content


Students must take the following compulsory modules:

  • Critical Approaches to Peacebuilding
  • Mediation: Community and Global Praxis


Students choose two optional modules.

Here is a sample of particularly appropriate optional modules that may be offered.

  • African Political Thought
  • Agency and Strategy in Non-Western Political Thought
  • Critical Security Studies
  • Gender and Terrorism
  • Global Constitutionalism
  • International Relations of the Modern Middle East
  • Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
  • Political Economy of Conflict
  • Religion and International Politics
  • Security and Justice Institutions in World Politics
  • Spaces of Securitization
  • Terrorism and Liberal Democracy
  • The Changing Face(s) of Diplomacy
  • The Global Politics of Everyday Life
  • The Military in Politics
  • Theories of Friendship and Enmity

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fees, please visit our website.

Career opportunities

Both the MLitt and the MPhil programs purposefully prepare students for career prospectus in a variety of fields. The emphasis on learning mediation and practitioner skills (both programs) and the required research placement in the MPhil program, give the student lateral skills that can be applied after the degree is completed. Students who graduate from either of these programs can expect to go on to work in various professional fields, including:

  • Human rights
  • Law
  • Policy research
  • NGOs
  • Charities
  • International organisations
  • Civil service
  • Academia

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University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews is Scotland’s first University. As a 600 year-old institution, we are known across the globe for our world leading quality and depth of research. For six centuries some of the world’s brightest and most promising...

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Graduates of St Andrews are highly sought after by employers around the world due to our reputation for excellence. A qualification from St Andrews will help you reach your ambitions and kickstart your career.

Consistently ranked as the best student academic experience in the UK by students in the National Student Survey, your time as a student in St Andrews will be unique and rewarding, leaving you with a prestigious qualification, but also memories and connections to treasure for years to come.

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University of St Andrews

St Katharine's West
KY16 9AX St Andrews

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