Conflict, security and development

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

There are complex connections between conflict, security and development. While processes of social change can be violent and generate conflict, development is often framed as a means to ensure peace and security. The linkages between security and development receive increasing attention within development policy and practice at local national, international and global scales.

Our research scrutinises and re-thinks the impacts of community engagements, international aid, peacebuilding interventions, socio-economic development towards unilinear cycles of violence and efforts deployed to achieve inclusive development and sustainable peace.

Understanding this contentious field of development often requires critical engagement with the interests and capabilities of a diverse range of actors, including states, non-state armed actors, non-governmental organisations, and multi-national corporations.

We welcome research projects that adopt interdisciplinary and/or anthropological approaches to conflict, security and development and that interrogate important methodological and ethical questions for Development Studies.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Potential research projects

  • Securitisation of development
  • Non-state actors in security and conflict
  • Post-conflict development
  • Policing and crime in the Global South
  • Peacebuilding and Transitional justice
  • International Interventions, Peace and Conflicts Studies
  • Inequality, violence and insecurity
  • Gender, development and security

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £12,146 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £6,073 per year

Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.


Security forces behind razor wire

How to apply

Get in touch

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Dr Mark Lamont / Dr Frangton Chivemura, Discipline Convenors
Email: FASS-DPP-PG-Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)1908 653391 / +44(0)1908 653818

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