Conflict Transformation and Social Justice

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Key Programme Information

Entry Year


Programme length *

1 year(s)

Places available



Full-Time, Part-Time


Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

* 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time


This is a unique and innovative interdisciplinary programme taught through subject areas that include law, anthropology, english, history, philosophy, politics, psychology, sociology and the creative arts. 

Module choice within the programme will permit you to build your own personalised portfolio of knowledge and learning within the area of conflict transformation and social justice.

You will be taught by academics and practitioners whose expertise is both national and global and who offer research-led teaching in areas of conflict such as South/ Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Southern Europe, South America and Northern Ireland.

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Conflict Transformation and Social Justice  

  • The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice is a newly established international centre of excellence at Queen’s University Belfast.
  • The Institute fosters collaborations across a range of subject areas which allow the Faculty to address some of the key global challenges faced in seeking to achieve fairness, security, prosperity, social harmony and progress.
  • A flagship for interdisciplinary research in areas of major societal challenge, the Mitchell Institute brings together excellent researchers from a wide range of disciplines to tackle some of the greatest global issues of our age.

Why Queen's?

  • Location of Belfast: globally-significant locale for conflict and peace research; access to institutions, community projects, case studies for students' own work.
  • Only MA actively facilitating study and research that combines cultural and creative aspects of conflict transformation and social justice together with their socio-legal, institutional and inter-state contexts.
  • Only MA in the field to be interdisciplinary across all the humanities and social sciences in order to offer a fully rounded and multilevel analysis of the subject whilst offering optional modules for specialisation.
  • Teaching in advanced research methods, with particular emphasis on methodologies appropriate for research in the fields of conflict transformation, social justice and societies in transition
  • Annual masterclass with visiting world-leading researchers
  • Peer group seminars across the Faculty in qualitative research methods
  • Participation in interdisciplinary, small research seminar groups on related topics of specialisation, eg 'shared space'; 'divided cities'
  • Opportunities to conduct new empirical research in the field
  • Opportunities to complete assignments with direct policy relevance


Did you know?

Queen's University offers the only global MA programme on Conflict Transformation and Social Justice

Course Details

Students will study and critically examine the key conceptual, moral, legal, political and cultural issues that relate to conflict, conflict transformation and social justice. This will relate to the fields of political science, law, sociology, history, anthropology, English, drama and psychology. 

Students are required to complete three compulsory taught modules as well as teh triple weighted dissertation (60 CATS):

  • Global Concepts and Practices of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (20 CATS);
  • Conducting Research in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (20 CATS);
  • Making Knowledge Work (20 CATS)

In addition to the compulsory modules, students take 60 CATS points of optional modules from existing programmes delivered by the following Schools:  Social Sciences, Education and Social Work; History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics; Arts, English and Language; Law and Management.

A student cannot take more than 40 credits in any School. Where a student wishes to take more than 40 credits in a particular School, it is recommended that they apply for the Masters programme in that School.

The taught modules are delivered during two 12 week semesters. For further information see the Institute website. Download the programme brochure here.

Assessment & Feedback

Examination and continuous assessment. The Programme will also be complemented by a non-assessed Personal Development Programme (PDP) which will enhance graduate study.

Learning and Teaching

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Entry Requirements

Normally at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in an Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences discipline or another cognate subject area. Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may be admitted if they hold a Masters degree, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University or if they have 3 years' relevant working experience in the field of conflict transformation, youth work, social justice or related experience in community engagement or public service delivery.

International Qualifications

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.


International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Dr Neil Jarman

Advisor of Studies

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Tel: 028 9097 3609



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Career Prospects

The MA programme provides our graduates with the skills to pursue a wide range of careers in the private, public and voluntary sectors, both domestically and internationally. In addition, the learning and intellectual environment provided by the Institute will prepare students for Doctoral study. We increasingly find that undergraduate degrees alone are insufficient to commandsecure appropriate employment. Postgraduate taught degrees are used to top-up learning and employability skills, and enhance knowledge and information. Some employers are less interested in the topic of the postgraduate degree and more in the advanced study skills and employability skills it furnishes. The study and employability skills associated with the MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice include:

  • Group work
  • Independent learning
  • The collection and analysis of information
  • Research skills
  • Problem solving
  • Communication skills, oral and written
  • Working under time constraints and to deadlines
  • Presentation skills

Occasionally, the knowledge content and study and employability skills garnered in a postgraduate degree lend themselves to specific careers. Possible careers facilitated by the MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice include:

  • Work in the third sector, charities and civil society
  • Work in the fields of conflict transformation, peace and reconciliation, and conflict resolution
  • Social and community work, dispute resolution and counselling
  • Policing
  • Community development in divided communities and conflict zones
  • Work in international aid agencies and non-governmental organisations in the fields of peace and development, human rights, religion and conflict, victims, trauma, refugees, emergency relief and the like
  • Journalism
  • Politics and policy development
  • Law

In addition to traditional students who are looking for a postgraduate degree to either top up skills or as a route into a specific career, postgraduate degrees are increasingly used by professionals and practitioners looking for continuing professional development in their field. The MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice acts as useful continuing professional development for the following careers:

  • Policing
  • Teaching
  • Social and community work
  • Clergy and religious ministry
  • The victims sector
  • Counselling
  • Journalism 

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

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Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

Normally self-funded, however the University has a number of scholarships for international students. For more information visit the International Scholarships page.

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