Conflict, Displacement and Human Security MA

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  • MA Conflict, Displacement and Human Security, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 10380 per year
  • MA Conflict, Displacement and Human Security, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time, 2 years
    • Pound 1730 per 30 credit module
  • MA Conflict, Displacement and Human Security, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time
    • Pound 15780 per year

What makes this course different

A distinctive people-centred approach to learning

We consider people who are displaced due to violence to be social actors with agency. Our academic team have personal experiences of conflict-induced migration. This shapes our professional engagement.

Specialised skills to give you an advantage in the sector

We will give you the wide-ranging skills and knowledge to work in the fields of conflict resolution and social justice, human rights and humanitarian assistance and development.

Excellent placement opportunities

We focus on employability via a course integrated internship in relevant community, non-governmental or governmental organisations, as well as civic engagement projects carried out at UEL.

Course modules

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Your future career

Our course is specifically aimed at giving you the skills, knowledge and understanding for a career in the fields of conflict management and resolution, humanitarian assistance and displacement, human rights and development initiatives.

You will develop the critical thinking skills and flexibility for a role in an NGO or in a government department or agency, both in developing and developed countries.

The course will also develop your skills for further academic research in conflict, displacement, development and human rights fields, as well as in associated areas of social and political theory.

If you are interested in continuing to PhD level, our course allows you to apply for ESRC funding through the UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership Programme.

We will encourage you to develop relationships with local and international organisations and agencies through internships. Our academic staff also work closely with major players in the area.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

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The Conflict, Displacement, and Human Security postgraduate programme took a no-frills approach to exploring the complex issues surrounding conflict and disaster.

The lectures, seminars and assignments challenged me both as a student and a global citizen and have provided me with the knowledge and passion to pursue a career in this field."
Mae Thompson,

MA Conflict Displacement and Human Security

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

Our dedicated and award-winning team provide you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Online jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work.
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you’ve mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship support 
  • We are ranked 6th for graduate start-ups 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business, freelancing and self-employment 
  • London on our doorstep

What you'll learn

This course will help you to develop important skills for a key role in the area of conflict, displacement and human security.

By the time you complete it, you should have acquired advanced critical and evaluative abilities, research management skills, the ability to design and deliver substantial written reports and social research projects, and high levels of competence in library and bibliographical research.

You will also have gained skills in data collection and analysis. You will have enhanced abilities in verbal presentation, familiarity with means of dissemination and mobilising research findings, and an advanced ability to collaborate in research groups and teams.

The course provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of conflict, generalised violence and social inequality in contemporary global contexts. It examines the complexities of global, regional and local structures, and the relationships to the changing character of conflict.

Your studies will focus on four core modules: Conflict, Displacement and Human Security, Research Methods, Policy and Practice of Humanitarianism and Independent applied research/Dissertation and two specialist option modules in the area of social, cultural, political, legal and psychosocial aspects of refugee studies and community development. This will prepare you to begin a dissertation during the summer term for submission in September.

How you'll learn

In addition to lectures and seminars, you will benefit from access to workshops and conferences organised by the Centre for Social Justice and Change, the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging, the Feminist Research Group and other UEL-wide groups.

This means you have the opportunity to link up with key researchers in the area and gain insight into the latest thinking on critical issues. You will also benefit from access to the Refugee Archive at UEL, which is one of the largest collections of materials on refugees and forced migration.

The archive contains materials on refugees in all parts of the world, with special emphasis on the UK. For more than 30 years it was housed at the Refugee Council - the lead organisation in Britain on refugee issues.

As an optional extra, you may also be involved in internships with local and international organisations and agencies working in the fields of displacement, conflict, conflict resolution, human rights, humanitarian assistance and development, as well as taking part in civic engagement projects at UEL.

Our academic staff are actively involved in some of the key international research and are therefore well connected with major bodies such as UNICEF as well as government departments and NGOs.

How you will be assessed

We assess you by your coursework: essays, reports, presentations, research proposal and dissertation. All modules are assessed and the final award takes account of all module marks.

Campus and facilities

Water Lane, Stratford

Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by School of Education and Communities

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.