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Peace Studies and International Development

is looking for Changemakers, Peacemakers, and Troublemakers, that is, people who question the status quo and want to make the world a better, fairer, and less violent place.
We can equip you with the skills – academic and practical – to make that difference.

The University of Bradford has been pioneering and teaching Peace Studies and International Development for over 40 years. The Division of Peace Studies and International Development brings together one of the oldest Peace Studies departments in the world and the Bradford Centre for International Development, set up in 1969. Both enjoy global reputations, we have excellent library collections and our academic staff members are experts in these fields. We don’t sit around in an Ivory Tower – we make knowledge work by collaborating with governments and charities around the world. And that is why our research in politics and international relations was rated 7th out of 56 universities in the UK in terms of its impact on society and public policy.

And, of course, this expertise informs and enriches our degree programmes – undergraduate and Masters - on international relations, political violence, conflict resolution, security studies, international development studies, sustainability, economics and finance for development, and project planning and management. Our approach is very interdisciplinary, and focussed on problem-solving. Teaching is very interactive and builds skills for professional competency and employability. We also have lots of doctoral research students working on a wide range of issues

The World Comes to Bradford

You will also learn from your fellow students and from the city. The Division is very diverse with, typically, over 40 nationalities among our students. Here, you can literally meet the world in your classroom. This makes for an unparalleled and rich learning environment.

Bradford itself is a fascinating and very multicultural city, as well as being one of the cheapest cities to live and study in the UK, and we make the most of all that the city and its beautiful surroundings have to offer.

Why Peace Studies and International Development?

We are one of world’s oldest university centres for the study of peace and international Development. The Division of Peace Studies and International Development have a world-class reputation for research. We are also one of the UK’s leading politics departments.


Academic staff have a global profile and undertake regular media interviews, as well as advising governments, international organisations and nongovernmental organisations around the world, based on cutting edge research on critical issues in line with the division’s broad ranging but methodologically focused expertise.


We will engage you critically in practical and policy debates, simulations and group exercises, focusing on developing an understanding of key global problems in the 21st century. We host lectures by leading policymakers from international organisations such as the UN and NGOs such as Oxfam. We also host PeaceJam, an exciting and innovative international peace education programme for schools and youths in the UK. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) Peace Studies was ranked 7th nationally for impact and 15th position out of 56 universities nationwide for research environment.


We offer a number of Undergraduate Programmes and MA courses and take roughly 50 new undergraduate, and 70 new postgraduate students each year. You therefore have every opportunity to focus on those aspects of peace and international development that are of particular interest to you. Our international reputation means that we attract students from all over the world and with a wide range of different backgrounds.


During your time with us you will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide academic and pastoral support. A dissertation supervisor will work with you to develop your dissertation and takes over the role of personal tutor. The department has a dedicated student liaison assistant.


PSID alumni are some of the most influential and well known leaders and thinkers worldwide.  We pride ourselves on forging great links with our Alumni. We hold a series of events for our alumni as well as getting contributions to the PSID blog. If you wish to be part of our Alumni database or would be keen to be part of our ‘Alumni snapshot’ page please let us know.