Postgraduate MA

Peace and Conflict Studies (International Joint Award)

Can protracted violent conflicts be prevented, and how are they brought to an end? Is it possible to deal with the root causes of conflict? A chance for you to engage with an exciting international and inter-disciplinary two year programme which is jointly offered by the University of Kent and the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.

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Gain the knowledge and skills to understand, compare and evaluate the methods used in research, and to design a research project of your own. Immerse yourself in modules of conflict resolution alongside the research methods, preparing you for a career in local and national governments and public relations.

Reasons to study Peace and Conflict Studies at Kent

  • In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, 100% of our Politics and international studies research was classified as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for environment.
  • you’ll receive high-quality teaching with cutting-edge research in a supportive environment
  • you get the opportunity to live and study in the UK and Germany
  • you’ll benefit from being taught by world leading experts at the cutting edge of research, actively engaged in advising government and shaping debates.
  • be part of our vibrant, diverse and international student community, bringing different perspectives into dialogue and facilitating a global network of close connections. Read about our first town hall on Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity.
  • you’ll gain the fundamental skills of analysis, interpretation and prediction, combined with the flexibility to follow your interest through a broad range of optional modules.
  • we have high-profile engagement through the Global Europe Centre and the Conflict Analysis Research Centre, which crystallise our research, policy and practitioner networks into an annual schedule of events.

What you’ll learn

You’ll take a unique course where you’ll study in Canterbury, England one year and Marburg, Germany the other. With the opportunity to specialise in middle eastern politics and society, governance and war in cyberspace, the European Union, and terrorism and crimes of the state. Preparing you for a career in local and national governments and public relations.

Postgraduate study in Politics and International Relations at Kent


About the School of Politics and International Relations

The School of Politics and International Relations is one of the most dynamic places to study Politics and International Relations. We combine high-quality teaching with cutting-edge research in a supportive environment that welcomes students from all over the world.

Your future

The School of Politics and International Relations has a dedicated Employability Coordinator who organises employability events within the School as well as providing students with assistance in securing graduate opportunities. Centrally, the Careers and Employability Service can help you plan for your future by providing one-to-one advice at any stage of your postgraduate studies.

Politics at Kent was ranked 6th in the UK for graduate prospects in The Guardian University Guide 2017. Our graduates have gone on to careers in academia, local and national government and public relations.

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Whether you want to get ahead in your current career, change lanes, or kickstart a new one – we are here to help you realise your ambition.

Fees and funding

Please note that this programme does not qualify for the UK Government postgraduate loans as more than 50% of the programme is studied in another country.

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees:

UK students - £6,600

International students - £12,400

EU students - TBC (As a guide, the proposed fee is £9,000 )

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Please note that whilst there are no tuition fees for the University of Marburg portion of the programme there is an approx. €1,000 administrative fee payable directly to the University of Marburg (which is paid in instalments over the two year programme).

There are no compulsory additional costs associated with this course. All textbooks are available from the library, although some students prefer to purchase their own.

DAAD Scholarship

The Centre for Conflict Studies at Marburg University has been awarded a grant by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). This grant allows us to offer six scholarships of 935 Euros each per month for the period of seven months (September 2022 - March 2023) plus a lump sum for traveling (125 EUR) during the period of study at the University of Kent. Both German and international students are eligible to apply for internal DAAD scholarships.

Please see the University of Marburg funding page for more information on how to apply.

General additional costs

Find out more about general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent. 

Search our scholarships finder for possible funding opportunities. You may find it helpful to look at both:


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Next steps

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Learn more about the application process or begin your application by clicking on a link below.

You will be able to choose your preferred year of entry once you have started your application. You can also save and return to your application at any time.

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Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.


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