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Duration: 12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)|Hope Park|Start month: January & October
International students can apply
Entry Requirements
Teaching & Research


Peace Studies deals with one of the most pressing issues of the contemporary world - the challenges that confront actors in conflict and post-conflict societies. The course will reflect on the complexity of peace and peacebuilding, combining theoretical approaches with opportunities for in-depth case study research.

The aim of this programme is to deconstruct the notion of peace and shed light on the issues of peacebuilding. The course encourages thinking beyond the mainstream and encourages students to make a contribution to the discipline.

The programme is built around a core of International Relations, but also draws on other disciplines such as History, Economics, Religious Studies and Law. The objective is to encourage our students to engage critically with both the theoretical and practical dimensions of contemporary conflicts and attempts to (re) build peace.

Curriculum Overview

Students must take the core modules: Critical Explorations in Peace Studies (30 credits), Case Studies in Peace and Conflict module (15 credits) and the Practice of Political Science (15 credits), as well as a further 60 credits worth of elective modules before progressing to a dissertation (60 credits).
Elective modules are expected to include, among others:
  • Religion and Conflict
  • Global Civil Society: Conflict and peacebuilding
  • Religion and Conflict 
  • Preventing Mass Atrocities
  • Conflicts in Global Justice 

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in history, politics, international relations or a relevant discipline (e.g. Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities and Business).


Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

International Entry Requirements

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

For additional information about country specific entry requirements visit the your country pages

Teaching and Research

The Department of History & Politics at Liverpool Hope has a strong teaching and research reputation. All faculty members are actively engaged in research, publishing and contributing to the development of their discipline.

The department has particular research interests in International Relations; grassroots peacebuilding; UN peacekeeping, European integration, American government, British and Irish politics and history, Latin American Politics, Political communication; and twentieth century European ideologies, cultures and identities.

Research is a central part of Liverpool Hope University's academic life and vision. In this context the Department of Politics and History is committed to developing and supporting an active research culture through an ongoing mix of research seminars, locally organised conferences and other events, including field trips and visiting speakers. The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies hosts a number of visiting speakers, roundtables and conferences in the field of Peace Studies.


Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2018/19 are:



We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.



If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.


Graduates are likely to pursue careers in international organisations (UN and associated agencies), NGOs (especially peacebuilding organisations), international business, community organisations, diplomatic service, education, political life and the university sector.