Masters in Conflict and Peace Studies - MCPS 2022/23

Next intake in 2022

Introduction

The Masters in Conflict and Peace Studies (MCPS) programme at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo is an interdisciplinary programme that provides students the opportunity to identify potential approaches to conflict resolution in order to build a more peaceful social order . This MCPS programme opens students to the underlying drivers of contention at the interpersonal, community, local, state, national, and global levels and the social and political developments that have prompted the change of those contentions. The MCPS educational programme will challenge students to investigate the peaceful settlement of debate through an assortment of disciplinary viewpoints and scholarly methodologies.

This MCPS programme is characterized comprehensively with a specific end goal to permit educators from numerous orders to instruct courses that open students to war and peace, conflict and conflict resolution, violence and non-violence.

More specifically, the programme will attempt to reach the objectives of, inter alia,

  • introducing Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies theories from the seminal works of major scholars, practitioners and their subsequent evolution.
  • providing a lens into the complexity of different approaches to Conflict and Peace Studies and its current discourse/s.
  • enabling students to be familiar with the theoretical, methodological and philosophical foundations of peace research.
  • gaining knowledge and understanding about the nature and significance of development and peace issues in the contemporary world.
  • carrying out independent studies for professional development using the knowledge and competencies gained through the learning process

Semester I

MCPS 6101 – Conflict and Peace Studies Foundations
MCPS 6102 – Conflict and Peace Processes: Theories into Practice
MCPS 6103 – Dimensions of Conflict Management and Transformation
MCPS 6104 – Research Methodology

Semester II

MCPS 6201 – War and Violence: Social Cultural and Human Dimensions
MCPS 6202 – Contemporary Issues in Development and Peace
MCPS 6203 – Peace Building Policy and Practices
MCPS 6204 – Independent Study

The program shall be one academic year with eight (08) courses of 30 total credit values, and an independent study component of 7000- 8000 words which carry 07 credits, offered in two semesters.

By-law of MCPS

  • Duration: One year
  • Weekend Programme
  • SLQF level: 9
  • Number of Credits: 30
  • Medium of Instructions: English
  1. A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University / Institution in Conflict and Peace Studies; or
  2. Any other Bachelor’s Degree, with prior learning / work experience in Conflict and Peace Studies; OR
  3. Postgraduate Diploma (SLQF 8) from a recognized University / Institution or an equal qualification acceptable to the Faculty Board of the FGS and the Senate of the University of Colombo with prior learning / work experience in Conflict and Peace Studies; OR
  4. Professional qualification in Conflict and Peace Studies from a recognized professional body with acceptable to the Faculty Board of the FGS and the Senate of University of Colombo with prior learning / work experience in Conflict and Peace Studies; OR
  5. Completion of NVQ level 7 (Equivalent to Bachelor’s degree in SLQF) with relevant work in Conflict and Peace Studies as determined by the Faculty Board of the FGS and the Senate of University of Colombo; AND

A good knowledge of English language and satisfactory performance at a selection test and / or an interview (Each application under clause (v) shall be considered on its merit).

  • A person who wishes to apply for the FGS programmes shall forward the application to the Senior Assistant Registrar, Faculty of Graduate Studies, No.35/30, Pro. Stanley Wijesundara Mawatha, Colombo 07.
  • Applications can be downloaded from (fgs.cmb.ac.lk) the faculty website.
  • The students will be selected through an interview.
  • The next intake will be announced via the website, at the time of calling for applicants.

Application Fee: LKR 3,000/-
Registration Fee: LKR 5,000/-
Course Fee: LKR 150,000/-
Library Fee: LKR 1500/-
Examination Fee: LKR 14000/-
(Per one paper 2000*7)
Refundable Library Deposit: LKR 5,000/-
(Rs. 2,500/= per card)

Senior Professor Nayani Melegoda             

Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo

Dr Nirmali Wijegoonawardana

Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo

Professor K Amirthalingam                     

Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo

Prof. A Sarveswaran

Department of Private and Comparative Law, Faculty of Law University of Colombo

Dr MSW Pasqual

Department of International Relations, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo

Dr. Chaminda Padmakumara

Department of International Relations, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo

Dr Shamini Chandran

Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo

Dr Sandunika Hasangani                          

Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo

Dr Jehan Perera                                         

Executive Director at National Peace Council of Sri Lanka

Mr MAM Hakeem

Department of Public and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

Course Coordinator

Dr. S.C. Padmakumara
PhD, South Asian University, India

Email: padmakumarasc@gmail.com
Mobile: (+94)770523788

Course Assistant

Ms. Ashara Warnakulasuriya

Email: mcpsfgsuoc2020@gmail.com
Phone: (+94) 11 205 56 56

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