Our Postgraduate Programmes

These degrees work both as stand-alone programmes for students wishing to enhance their knowledge of these areas to an advanced level, as well as providing the necessary foundations for students wishing to pursue a PhD in the social sciences. To apply to any of the below programs please visit: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply.php.

MSc in Peace and Conflict Studies

Coordinator: Dr. Gearoid Millar

The MSc in Peace and Conflict Studies familiarises students with the dynamics of well-developed approaches to conflict resolution (or “peace-making”) and the more recent mechanisms of post-conflict peacebuilding which have developed over the past twenty years. It also addresses and examines the intersection and overlap between peace-making and peacebuilding theory and processes. As such, it subjects the processes of peace-making and peacebuilding to critical reflection by considering the limits to and challenges of administering mechanisms for peace, justice and development within conflict-affected societies, and the ongoing challenges for both of local ownership, evaluation, and sustainability. For further information please contact: g.millar@abdn.ac.uk.

MSc in Sex, Gender and Violence: Contemporary Critical Approaches

Coordinator: Dr. Luisa Gandolfo

This programme investigates the ways people think about, understand, and respond to violence. How do we know what counts as violence or a violent act? Why does legislation against violence often seem inadequate, perhaps especially in the case of gendered and sexual violence? As the links between sex, gender and violence appear intimate and often lethal, a central but not exclusive focus of this programme will be on theories and practices of sex/gender. We will focus on specific texts, for example Zizek’s 'Violence: Six Sideways Reflections' (2009, Profile Books). We will consider how violence is represented, for example in media representations of conflicts, or in popular culture such as films. We will also analyze legislative attempts to deal with violence for example in the arena of human rights and gender mainstreaming. Furthermore, we will pay close attention to the brutal fecundity of violence through the banality of everyday ordinary violence. For further information please contact: k.luisa.gandolfo@abdn.ac.uk.

MSc in Policy Evaluation

Coordinator: Dr. Gearoid Millar

Institutions and organizations are today commonly demanding evidence-based policy formation. As a result, the necessary social research methods for Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) are in high demand. The MSc in Monitoring and Evaluation for Policy Impact will equip graduates to provide programme monitoring and evaluation for government and third sector organisations by providing advanced skills in research design, qualitative and quantitative methods and data analysis. For the thesis component, instead of completing a traditional dissertation, students will have the option to work with a partner organization to produce a real M&E project with local government, a non-profit organisation, or within the University itself. For further information please contact: g.millar@abdn.ac.uk.