Postgraduate MA, PhD

International Conflict Analysis

Understand the nature and significance of conflict as a human condition. Develop the skills to prevent violent conflict, mitigate its catastrophic effects, and reconstruct societies in its aftermath. Embedded in our world renowned Conflict Analysis Research Centre, leading experts will help you explore the dynamics of deep-seated conflict and learn how states, international organisations, NGOs, and individuals can work towards enduring peace.

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Gain the knowledge you need to pursue a career in international peace-keeping, crisis diplomacy, post-conflict reconstruction, and sustainable development. Focused case studies and interactive simulations will build your understanding of negotiation, mediation, diplomacy and third party intervention. Our alumni, who form an international network, have used this programme as a spring board into foreign offices and diplomatic services, international organisations such as the UN, EU and OECD, and NGOs including IRC and Amnesty International.

Reasons to study International Conflict Analysis at Kent

  • You will join 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 be taught by world leading experts at the cutting edge of research, actively engaged in advising government and shaping debates.
  • You’ll gain a practical understanding of conflict analysis fundamentals, combined with the flexibility to follow your interest through a broad range of optional modules.
  • Our Canterbury campus offers an idyllic countryside setting on the edge of a lively student town, only an hour from London and a short train ride to Europe.
  • You’ll learn the fundamental skills of analysis, interpretation and prediction, combined with the flexibility to follow your interest through a broad range of optional modules.
  • 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

Develop concrete capabilities and critical insight into the challenges you could encounter in conflict environments. You’ll cover theories of conflict and violence through to resolving conflict in world politics. Apply concepts, theories and methods used in the study of conflict to the analysis of political events, ideas, institutions, and practices

Choosing a topic

Although sometimes we have specific PhD research projects related to funding awards, most of our research students choose their own research topics. Once you have decided on the nature of your project, it is important to contact a staff member whose expertise matches your area of interest with a CV and research proposal to discuss your proposed project and potential supervisory arrangements.

You then work with your proposed supervisor on refining your research proposal which provides the starting point for your subsequent research.

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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Fees and funding

Fees for this and other Kent Postgraduate Politics programmes can be found on the Student Finance page.

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.

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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