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Conflict Resolution and Mediation Studies (MSc - Postgraduate Diploma)

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  • Objectives
    This programme provides a unique opportunity to study the development of theory, research and practice in the field of conflict resolution mediation. The MSc offers an in-depth study of the theoretical aspects of the field and provides an opportunity for reflective learning and application to practice. The programme is run by the Institute of Family Therapy (IFT) in collaboration with Birkbeck.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements First degree (or at least second-class honours degree) and some experience in conflict resolution and mediation. Those with a relevant professional qualification and experience may be eligible following an interview and/or written paper considered by the course tutor. The Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Mediation Studies entitles you to apply for the MSc.
  • Academic Title
    Conflict Resolution and Mediation Studies (MSc / Postgraduate Diploma)
  • Course description
    The programme focuses on theories relevant to understanding the nature of conflict and the many forms of conflict intervention. These include social sciences, communication and human needs perspectives. The programme aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of contemporary writing and research in the fields. Prominent guest speakers and experienced practitioners are invited to enhance the student learning experience. In the past, these have included Bernie Mayer, Allan Barsky, Joseph Folger and Cheryl Picard.

    The programme provides the opportunity to consider cultural, social, ethical, legal and philosophical issues and perspectives through group discussion, as well as the chance to keep a learning portfolio to chart your own journey of self-reflection. How issues of race, gender, sexuality, culture, class and disability affect conflict is examined, as well as how they relate to the effective use of conflict resolution and mediation skills.

    The MSc provides a training in research methods which enables students to undertake an independent piece of research (either empirical or theoretical) in the second year. This is an opportunity to carry out an in-depth piece of work of your choice that is relevant to the field.

    Students can, if they wish, complete an optional five-day skills training in mediation and conflict resolution, which is accredited by IFT and approved by Mediation UK.

    Teaching
    Guest speakers and group discussions.

    Assessment

    Year 1: 3000-word case study, 5000-word essay, a reflective journal.

    Year 2: case study, dissertation.

    When to apply

    -You should apply as early as possible.
    -Please note that you will need to complete a Birkbeck application form and an Institute of Family Therapy application form.

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