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Study Development Studies at a UK University

Are you looking for a course in Development Studies and not sure which one suits you? Come and meet our counsellors for advice on application to your ideal university.

What are Development Studies, Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution?

Development Studies is a multidisciplinary branch of social science which examines issues related to developing countries, especially concerning social and economic development. Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution both aim to identify and analyze the violent and non-violent behaviour that causes social conflict with a view towards creating a more stable world society. Most major UK universities and many colleges offer degrees in Development Studies and Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution or associated subjects. Here are the subjects you can expect to cover in these degrees:

Development Studies

  • Development and Anthropology
  • Development and Globalization
  • Development and Economics
  • Development and the Environment
  • International Development
  • NGOs
  • War and Peace Studies

Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • International Politics
  • Security Studies
  • Arms Control and Proliferation
  • Human Rights
  • Politics of the Global Environment
  • Democracy
  • Religion and Politics

Why Study Development Studies, Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at a UK University?

The UK has made a significant contribution to the history and progress of a large number of today’s developing countries, many of whom are English-speaking and were for a time within the UK’s sphere of commercial or colonial influence. Whatever the positive or detrimental aspects of this imperial legacy it does at least ensure that the UK’s universities know whereof they speak when it comes to Development Studies. Even today the UK maintains a close involvement with developing countries through the Commonwealth and international aid projects. Her diplomatic, military and naval movements over the last three hundred years demonstrate a similar level of familiarity with Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution and today’s most serious geopolitical controversies are invariably influenced by the decisions and interventions of the UK, which means that studying these subjects here guarantees exposure to the finest academic minds and most interesting visiting speakers. It makes sense to take these subjects in the country that wrote the textbooks.

Who Uses Development Studies or Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution?

After graduating from a Development Studies or Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution course you will have a huge range of employment opportunities in NGOs, charitable institutions, local or international government, research, teaching and advisory organizations. Joining these careers that entail extensive travel will give you the chance to devise strategies for raising the condition of developing countries and working towards world peace.

Where Should I Study Development Studies or Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution?

UK institutions and universities which consistently appear top in the rankings for Development Studies are:

UK institutions and universities which consistently appear top in the rankings for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution are:


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