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School of Law and Social Sciences, University of East London, is offering a
new MA in CONFLICT, DISPLACEMENT AND HUMAN SECURITY
The proposed programme offers an advanced and comprehensive understanding of
the relationship between conflict, displacement and human insecurity.
Distinctive features of the programme are its focus on conflict and
displacement, its people-centred approach, and its emphasis on human security
that combines both human rights and human development. The proposed programme approaches development as an important security strategy and considers displacement a measure of human security.
Conflict, displacement and human security
· adopts an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of the conflict,
generalised violence and social inequality in contemporary global contexts
· examines the complex intersections of global, regional and local
structures and their linkages to the changing character of conflict
· encourages independent critical approaches to contemporary theories
of conflicts, human rights and human security
· examines global and local dimensions of conflict, displacement and
· adopts people-centred approaches to security
· views displacement as a lived experience
· considers links between theoretical and applied/policy issues in
conflict, displacement and development
Applicants will normally have a first class or upper second-class honours
degree in a cognate area of study or comparable professional/research
experience. Under special circumstances applicants without a relevant first
degree but with substantial professional experience may be considered. These
candidates will be interviewed as part of the admission process.
Students that apply to enter stages of the programme may be admitted through
normal Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of
Certificated Learning (ACL) processes, or through an approved articulation
agreement. Therefore, such applicants must be able to demonstrate and
evidence that they have the required learning outcomes as listed in the
modules for which they are seeking exemption.
In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6
(or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for
appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.
The programme consists of two core taught modules, choice of two options and
The Programme is taught using a combination of methods and approaches to
teaching and learning: lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials.
Classroom, face-to-face teaching is supported by the use of the UEL Plus
virtual learning environment. In seminars, group work is encouraged.
All assessment is by coursework: essays, reports, presentations, research
proposal, and dissertation. All modules are assessed. The final award takes
account of all modules marks.
Relevance to work/profession
The programme is especially relevant to employment in the fields of conflict
management and resolution, humanitarian assistance and displacement, human
rights and development initiatives. It has general relevance to
non-governmental as well as government sector employment both in developing
and developed countries.
All modules give opportunities for group work. Dissertations provide the
opportunity for focused independent research. Projects, including the
dissertation, may draw extensively on work experience.
The programme equips students with key transferable skills. By the end of the
programme students should have acquired:
· advanced critical and evaluative abilities;
· research management skills;
· capabilities to design and deliver substantial written reports;
· capabilities to design and execute social research projects;
· high levels of competence in library and bibliographical research;
· skills in data collection and analysis;
· enhanced abilities in verbal presentation;
· familiarity with means of dissemination and mobilising research
· advanced abilities to collaborate in research groups and teams.
Your future career
The Programme prepares students for employment in the fields of development,
humanitarian assistance, displacement and human rights, and specifically in
conflict management and assistance, project development and implementation,
human rights advocacy and practice. The programme also develops skills
appropriate for further academic research in conflict, displacement,
development and human rights fields, as well as in associated areas of social
and political theory.
How we support you
All students will benefit from work in small groups, from an active tutorial
system, from training in research methods, and from access to a range of
learning resources available at UEL, including a dedicated archive on refugee
and displacement issues.
As the proposed Programme is fundamentally research-oriented, it engages
students as producers of knowledge and active members of the research
community. We support students to master critical thinking and assessment of
complex and intersecting issues in relation to conflict, development and
human security, ranging from critical analysis of social theory and concepts
to developing critical assessment of relevant policies, as well as
development and other interventions. We support students to work and learn
independently, creatively, and systematically in order to acquire knowledge
and develop analytical thinking. We support students to develop a
demonstrable respect for evidence, research and scholarship as it relates to
the specific case studies, regions or development and other interventions.
All students will benefit from access to seminars, workshops and conferences
organised by the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, the Centre for Social
Change (under validation), the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging
and other University-wide Centres and Groups.
They also benefit from access to the Refugee Archive at UEL.
As an optional extra, students may 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.
Procedure for Admission
Applicants should normally hold a first class or upper second class honours
degree. This degree should be in a relevant field of study. Applicants
holding an honours degree in a field of study which is not of obvious
relevance may also be considered. Applicants who are not graduates but who
have relevant research or professional experience may also be considered.
Applicants are requested to supply two academic or other appropriate
references - these should be submitted at the point of application.
For further information on admission procedures and applying for the
programme please contact Diane Ball, the programme administrator, on +44(0)20
8223 2770, or email@example.com