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Master's study at NCPACS

The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies offers two Masters' programmes:

  • Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (Coursework and Dissertation), and
  • Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies (Research).

Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies qualification can be completed in one year of full-time study or part time over a longer period. Students are required to complete four papers, two of which are compulsory, and either a dissertation or a practicum placement and report.

Study can begin in either semester one (February) or semester two (July). In 2021, the MPCS can be studied via distance as an option.

Full course details and application

The field of Peace and Conflict Studies is primarily concerned with an analysis of the origins and nature of violent conflict within and between societies. The MPCS is an inter-disciplinary programme providing students with an advanced qualification in peace and conflict studies, development and peacebuilding. It will position graduates for a wide range of career options in the public and private sectors. Students must complete two core papers in Peace and Conflict Studies, a 60-point research dissertation and one or two elective papers from within the Centre or from a list of approved courses in other Departments.

Eligibility for a Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPCS)

The MPCS is aimed at candidates who have completed a degree with at least a B+ average (or equivalent) over the final year. Relevant practical experience may be considered where this minimum is not met. Candidates may also apply if they have alternative qualifications or experience, subject to approval by the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Humanities).

MPCS Partial Scholarships

Applications are open for the 2021 Master of Peace and Conflict Studies $10,000 partial scholarship. Applications close 14 December 2020.

For enquiries, please contact:

Email peaceandconflict@otago.ac.nz

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Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies

The Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies (MA) is a research‐based degree with a minimum duration of one year.

Students engage in a programme of research and learning leading to the production of a thesis of 30,000 to 40,000 words which is internally and externally assessed. The MA can be done on a full‐time or a part‐time basis, and enrolment can take place at any time during the year.

Eligibility for the Master of Arts (MA) in Peace and Conflict Studies

The MA is aimed at candidates who have completed a four‐year degree with at least a B average (or equivalent) overall for their first degree, and have achieved at least a B+ in a major research essay or dissertation during the last year of their first degree. Acceptance as a candidate for the MA degree depends upon the University being able to provide adequate expert supervision in the intended area of research.

For enquiries, please contact:

Email peaceandconflict@otago.ac.nz

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Further information about Master's study

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Masters' Theses completed at the NCPACS

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