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On this cutting-edge course, we specialise in giving our students an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the relationship between conflict, displacement and human insecurity.

We will help you to develop the skills and understanding to prepare for employment in the fields of conflict management and resolution, humanitarian assistance and development, human rights and social justice.

The key aspects of your learning will be the focus on conflict and displacement. We value a people-centred approach and an emphasis on human security which combines both human rights and human development.

The course approaches development as an important security strategy and considers displacement a measure of human security. We will encourage you to adopt an independent critical approach to contemporary theories of conflict, human rights and human security.

You will work with academics involved in the latest research and have access to wide-ranging expertise in our research centres, covering human rights in conflict, social justice and change, migration, refugees and belonging and gender research. 

What makes this course different

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A distinctive people-centred approach to learning about conflict, displacements and human security

We consider people who are forcible displaced due to violence to be social actors with agency. Our academic team have personal experiences of conflict-induced migration. This shapes our professional engagement in this field of study.

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Specialised skills to give you an advantage in the sector

We will give you the wide-ranging skills and knowledge to work in the fields of conflict resolution and social justice, human rights and humanitarian assistance and development.

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Excellent placement opportunities

We focus on employability via a course integrated internship in relevant community, non-governmental or governmental organisations. This provides an opportunity for critical learning and reflexive approach to practice. Likewise, civic engagement projects carried out at UEL will offer you the opportunity to support and advocate on behalf of individuals and communities displaced by armed conflicts.


This course will help you to develop important skills for a key role in the area of conflict, displacement and human security.

By the time you complete it, you should have acquired advanced critical and evaluative abilities, research management skills, the ability to design and deliver substantial written reports and social research projects, and high levels of competence in library and bibliographical research.

You will also have gained skills in data collection and analysis. You will have enhanced abilities in verbal presentation, familiarity with means of dissemination and mobilising research findings, and an advanced ability to collaborate in research groups and teams.

The course provides an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of the conflict, generalised violence and social inequality in contemporary global contexts. It examines the complexities of global, regional and local structures, and the relationships to the changing character of conflict.

Your studies will focus on four core modules: Conflict, Displacement and Human Security, Research Methods, Policy and Practice of Humanitarianism and Independent applied research/Dissertation and two specialist option modules in the area of social, cultural, political, legal and psychosocial aspects of refugee studies and community development. This will prepare you to begin a dissertation during the summer term for submission in September.



  • Core Modules

    Introduction to Conflict, Displacement and Human Security

    1. To familiarise students with key aspects of contemporary conflicts, changing dynamics of displacement and increased human insecurity.

    2. To adopt a comprehensive approach to the understanding of the intersection of conflict, displacement, human security and development.

    3. To place emphasis on people as social actors and agents of social change.

    4. To examine strategies to prevent conflicts and to promote reconciliation and peace-building.


    Research Methods for Social Science

    This module equips students with an understanding of how to take up and use a range of research methods to inform evidence based policy making with a view to them putting these into action to enhance their employability.


    Policy and Practice of Humanitarianism and Development - Mental Wealth

    The module aims to offer you a combination of theoretical and practice-based knowledge and experiences from the fields of humanitarianism, development and international politics, with an interdisciplinary and participatory approach. The module provides an in-depth analysis of the politics of policy and practice of development and humanitarianism. The module will also offer practical applied skills in analysing case studies and policy-making related to international development, humanitarianism, displacement, gender-based violence, and human trafficking.


    Independent Applied Research Project

    This module consolidates the knowledge acquired and skills developed in earlier modules intended to prepare you to execute a piece of independent and original work. The module aims to support you in the research and development process suitable for conducting an appropriately managed project, whilst improving your research skills and refining your ability to use them productively. It also aims to help you to offer evidence of self-management in respect of planning, recording and evaluation within the original work produced.

    Optional Modules

    Forced Migration in the Global Era

    As part of this module you will critically examine key issues associated with forced migration and the refugee experience. It will engage you with evaluation of the socio-political processes of construction and production of a range of categories labelling people on the move: forced migrant, refugee, asylum seeker, irregular migrant etc. This will enable you to develop your intellectual position on important contemporary issues ranging from human rights, securitization of migration and their global and local dimensions, such as protracted displacement, to the processes of inclusion, exclusion and identity politics in receiving societies.

    By completing this module, you will be able to evidence both the crucial level of relevant knowledge as well as critical thinking skills required for future engagement in evidence-based assessment and evaluation of the situation of marginalised and vulnerable groups in society - something future employers will look for in your portfolio.


    War and Human Rights

    • You will consider the nature and development of contemporary armed conflicts, followed by an analysis of the constraints that international humanitarian law and human rights law place upon actors in both internal and international armed conflict.
    • You will consider the increase of internal armed conflicts and the participation of non-state actors, mainly armed groups, and the challenges for the application of international law in such contexts.
    • You will study the scope and effects of the human rights violations committed in the context of contemporary armed conflicts and their legal qualification.
    • You will consider the responses that have been taken in the wake of armed conflict to punish violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law, through prosecutions and other procedures at international level, including the ad hoc tribunals, hybrid tribunal and the International Criminal Court, and also in domestic courts of countries that have experienced conflict and distant countries.



    International Human Rights

    This module aims to provide an overview of human rights international human rights, their enforcement mechanisms and the contexts in which they are implemented. The module juxtaposes the conceptual and normative framework for international protection of rights with the prospects and strategies for their realisation through a range of methods both formal and informal and by the agency of diverse actors. The module critiques universal and regional human rights regimes as well as domestic approaches through examination of a range of human rights issues. Throughout the module, emphasis will be placed on examining the procedural and substantive provisions to examine good practices and testing tools and strategies.


    International Refugee Law

    This module aims to provide an overview of contemporary international protection framework and practice relating to refugees and Internally Displaced Persons. It explores the theoretical, philosophical, political and socio-cultural dimensions of the refugee crisis from an interdisciplinary perspective. The module focuses on the global and regional institutional mechanisms redressing human rights violations through case studies. It also discusses domestic application of international refugee standards by reviewing the legislative developments in the field of UK Immigration and Refugee practice and policy trends in Europe: and its impact on domestic refugee policy.


    Global Development Now

    This core module will introduce you to the current debates in development. It situates global development within the key literatures in development theory and its critiques, helping you to examine the implications for contemporary development debates. It enables you to engage with and apply the informed practitioner focused skills to problems in global development.


    Comparative Public Policy

    The module seeks (1) to introduce students to the analytical tools they need to understand continuity,  change and cross-national variation in public policy, (2) to demonstrate the value of the comparative method in the analysis of public policy, (3) to provide students with a high-level understanding of the politics behind public policymaking, and (4) to lay the foundations for empirically substantiated and critical evaluation of the actions of governments.


    Global Environmental Politics

    To develop an in-depth and critical understanding of the theoretical debates, institutional processes and political practices associated with the international politics of the environment and environmental change and the ways this is contested and represented in the media and by social movements.


In addition to lectures and seminars, you will benefit from access to workshops and conferences organised by the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, the Centre for Social Justice and Change, the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging, the Feminist Research Group and other UEL-wide groups.

This means you have the opportunity to link up with key researchers in the area and gain an insight into the latest thinking on critical issues. You will also benefit from access to the Refugee Archive at UEL, which is one of the largest collections of materials on refugees and forced migration.

The archive contains materials on refugees in all parts of the world, with special emphasis on the UK. For more than 30 years it was housed at the Refugee Council - the lead organisation in Britain on refugee issues.

As an optional extra, you may also be involved in internships with local and international organisations and agencies working in the fields of displacement, conflict, conflict resolution, human rights, humanitarian assistance and development, as well as take part in civic engagement projects at UEL.

Our academic staff are actively involved in some of the key international research and are therefore well connected with major bodies such as UNICEF as well as government departments and NGOs.


We assess you by your coursework: essays, reports, presentations, research proposal and dissertation. All modules are assessed and the final award takes account of all module marks.


Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Giorgia Dona

Giorgia Doná is Professor of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies and Co-director of the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging.

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Afaf Jabiri

Dr Afaf Jabiri is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Communities.

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What we're researching

You will be taught by internationally known scholars who have published extensively in the fields of conflict and peace studies, forced migration and refugee studies, gender studies, humanitarianism and development.

Our academic team are engaged in innovative research on the key issues of today's globalised world such as: human (in)security and contemporary conflicts; gender power systems of conflict and gendered processes of building peace; genocide narratives and psycho-social reconstruction.

We are actively engaged in research that makes a positive social change in the geographic areas of our research and beyond. Our staff have regional expertise and contacts in Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe and Western Balkans.

Our research centres and groups regularly run research seminars and events, and we invite our postgraduate students to be actively involved in our vibrant research community.

The Conflict, Displacement, and Human Security postgraduate programme took a no-frills approach to exploring the complex issues surrounding conflict and disaster. I was encouraged to engage critically with these issues, and the course has developed my understanding of the political and human implications of forced migration on a global scale. I was surrounded by other open-minded and earnest students, all of which contributed unique and valuable experiences and perspectives that benefited my learning. The lectures, seminars and assignments challenged me both as a student and a global citizen and have provided me with the knowledge and passion to pursue a career in this field.

Mae Thompson, MA Conflict Displacement and Human Security Testimonial


Our course is specifically aimed at giving you the skills, knowledge and understanding for a career in the fields of conflict management and resolution, humanitarian assistance and displacement, human rights and development initiatives.

You will develop the critical thinking skills and flexibility for a role in an NGO or in a government department or agency, both in developing and developed countries.

The course will also develop your skills for further academic research in conflict, displacement, development and human rights fields, as well as in associated areas of social and political theory. 

If you are interested to continue to PhD level, our course gives you the opportunity to apply for ESRC funding through the UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership Programme.

We will encourage you to develop relationships with local and international organisations and agencies through internships. Our academic staff also work closely with major players in the area. 

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