Department of Politics unveils two new exciting Master's programmes

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September 2020 will see the first student intakes on to the innovative Conflict Transformation and Social Justice MA and Contemporary Europe MA programmes.

Opening doors to careers such as that of a Conflict Resolution Consultant, NGO Officer, Professor or even Diplomat, Conflict Studies is an increasingly popular topic for master’s study. However, the University of Liverpool’s new Conflict Transformation and Social Justice MA provides a unique opportunity as the only master’s in England with a focus on Conflict Transformation.   

The programme is designed to equip students with the skills and theoretical knowledge required for peacebuilding, transformation and the reproduction of peace settlements. The MA will draw from the considerable experience and extensive publications of Professor Peter Shirlow on the conflict in Northern Ireland and his expertise in conflict transformation around the world.

The new Contemporary Europe MA will also launch in the autumn of 2020, proving an exciting time for the Department of Politics. This multi-disciplinary master’s programme explores how Europe has been shaped since the late 19th Century. The department is aptly suited to hosting such an MA due to being the home of the Europe and the Worlds Centre, a research centre that explores ways in which Europe is refashioned through internal developments and the outside world. Professor Erika Harris who teaches on the MA describes the master’s:

The MA aims to equip you with a wide range of skills, combining significant elements of political science, political economy and theory with broader cultural and sociological themes; thus, enabling you to develop skills for deeper understanding and study into the complexity and diversity of European culture and politics.

Both MAs offer a desirable amount of flexibility. Whilst each MA includes mandatory modules specialising on crucial subjects for each programme, both courses allow students to choose some optional modules from a vast array of topics, ensuring students can cater their programme to their interests and future aspirations. Dr Sean Haughey who teaches on the Conflict Transformation MA states:

Beyond this [the mandatory modules], students have complete control over the direction of their studies. A wide range of optional modules cover subjects including international dispute resolution, peace processes, international intervention, media and human rights, modern slavery, social exclusion, policing, and international protection of human rights.

Find further information and details on how to apply on the Contemporary Europe MA and Conflict Transformation and Social Justice MA webpages.


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