The Master’s in Peacebuilding and Reconciliation program offers students the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the causes of interpersonal and intercommunal conflicts worldwide and the ability to critically analyze them. It also covers contemporary peacebuilding and reconciliation theories, practices, and processes, with a specific focus on religious peacebuilding and its application in international contexts. Students gain self-awareness of their potential roles in promoting peacebuilding and reconciliation, especially involving religious actors.
This program fosters a sense of community among students and is led by experienced tutors with expertise in the field. Graduates acquire a versatile skill set applicable to various career opportunities.
The curriculum explores diverse perspectives on peacebuilding and reconciliation, addressing the complexities of conflicts, violence’s impact on individuals and communities, and the processes needed to transform relationships, structures, and institutions post-conflict. Students learn conflict transformation techniques such as facilitation, dialogue, and mediation. The program emphasizes independent research, with a focus on the roles of religion and religious actors.
Core modules include “Foundations of Reconciliation and Peacebuilding,” “Theories and Dynamics of Reconciliation,” and “Religion and Peacebuilding.” Optional modules cover topics like “The Relationship between Theory and Practice,” “Dialogue and Disagreement,” and “Practical Bridge Building.” Students complete an independent study, choosing between a dissertation, consultancy placement, or practical project.
The program encourages personalized learning journeys based on students’ interests and professional goals. It uses interactive virtual learning environments for lectures, seminars, group work, research exercises, and one-to-one tutorials. The teaching team, drawn from the Winchester Centre of Religion, Reconciliation, and Peace, provides a high-quality learning experience. Online sessions are mandatory, but other activities can be scheduled flexibly to accommodate personal and professional commitments.
The program fosters a supportive learning environment, encouraging relationship building through exercises and group work. It benefits from a diverse international student body, promoting intercultural exchanges of experiences and perspectives.
The independent study component allows students to tailor their final projects to their current jobs or future careers. The dissertation option emphasizes research and critical skills, preparing students for academic careers. Project and consultancy options help build connections with employers and practical skills in areas like project management, networking, and report writing. For those already in careers, the independent study offers opportunities to explore work-related themes and initiate projects with organizations and stakeholders. Occasionally, students may assist in research projects conducted by the Winchester Centre of Religion, Reconciliation, and Peace.
Graduates pursue careers in various fields, including local, national, and international peacebuilding and reconciliation organizations. Some use the degree to change careers, while others advance in their current employment.