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Masters Study at NCPACS

Contact: Dr Rachel Rafferty (Masters Coordinator) 

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

Get quick links to Masters theses completed at NCPACS.

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).

Full course details are available at this link.

Follow this link to apply.The Academic Subject Advisor is Dr Rachel Rafferty:

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).

MCPS Partial Scholarships

Applications for MCPS partial scholarships for 2019 valued at $10,000 (NZD) are currently open with a closing date of 30 September 2018.

Download/view information about the MPCS partial scholarships.(PDF, 107KB)

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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. The coordinator is Dr Rachel Rafferty:

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.

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Masters Theses completed at the NCPACS

Hydro-development and Conflict: the Mekong Basin, S Pearse-Smith.

The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission: Improving Coherence and Coordination?, H Gordon.

The Shanti Path: an exploration of internal and external aspects of peace, S Gibb

Where is R2P grounded in international law?, A Judson.

Cultural and National Identity in the face of climate change: A case study of I-Kirabati migrants in New Zealand, I Fedor.

Nonviolent Discipline: A comparative analysis of Tiananmen Square 1989 and Gwangju 1980, A Mitchell.

Gender-based Violence in a Militarized context: East Timor/Timor-Leste 1974-2011, A Wong.

Learning from the past: an investigation of organisational learning in a non-government organisation in Sri Lanka, M Nissanka.

Nonviolent Tactics and Violent State Repression 1989-2010, J Sutton.

The role of New Zealand Official Development Assistance in the Building of Sustainable Peace, P Bedggood

The Concept of Otherness in Time of War in Djebar's Modern Novel: La Femme Sans Sepulture or The Woman Without Grave, A Haderbache

Unintended Impacts: Resource Extraction Wealth, Polygyny and Violence Against Women in the Hela Province of Papua New Guinea, A Kirkham

Sincere or Negligent Friend: 1962 Treaty of Friendship between New Zealand and Samoa, M Ligaliga

Peace Journalism in the Pacific, C Wilson

Forgiveness in Peacebuilding: What is it? Does it work?, R Francis

Generative Tensions: Meaning making in a social movement, A Parker

Reintegrating with Hostile Minds? An examination of the role of Social Psychology in Ex-Combatant Management in Rwanda and Burundi, D Ohs

How is the concept of hybridity useful in thinking about third party humanitarian interventions? Case Studies: Bougainville and Solomon Islands, L Quinger

Building Relationships: Quaker Peacebuilding in a Pacific Context, G Connolly

Working with the impasse in couple relationships while working towards world peace, J Batson

Mediator's culture and the ability to be effective in the process of international mediation, A Mnyanyi

Nonviolent revolutions and democratisation: The effect of state seizure and campaign size on post-revolution democracy, J Llewellyn

Security for whom? A gender perspective on the merging of security and development in the NZ community policing programme in West Papua, Indonesia, C Donovan

Social Justice Narrative and the Mainstreaming of Fair Trade Globalisation within the market or alternative globalisation: assessing the radical hiding in plain view, J Taylor

Further information

More information about the Master of Arts programme at the University of Otago.

Master of Arts Handbook for the University of Otago

Research thesis advice and support from the Central Library