The Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies combines rigorous interdisciplinary scholarship with interactive learning seminars and peacekeeping training workshops. Students are able to cultivate a broad-ranging theoretical base in order to understand the practices and processes underlying conflict and transformative peacebuilding. The program spans over four semesters for a cumulative total of 30 credits, combining coursework with a thesis research requirement. The coursework consists of 5 core courses (18 credits) and 4 electives (12 credits) aimed at training students in PCS research design, as well enabling critical engagement with PCS as an evolving multidisciplinary field. In addition to this, students may participate in practical skill development courses and collaborative research initiatives with partner institutions to broaden their research profiles. In this regard, the NUST Journal of International Peace & Stability (NJIPS), an HEC recognized peer-review journal released by CIPS (R&A Cell), presents students with the opportunity to further develop their reflective, critical, and analytical thinking/writing skills. Each program course focuses on specialized subject areas and facilitates innovation in research by encouraging contrarian approaches to problem-solving and policy analysis. The MS PCS program can thus become a vital stepping stone for students intending to pursue doctoral study in relevant fields.

Course Curriculum

Sr.No Course Code Subjects Credit Hours
1 PCS-801 Research Design in Peace &Conflict 3+0
2 PCS-802 Contemporary Peace and Conflict Studies 3+0
3 PCS-803 Theories of Peace and Conflict 3+0
4 PCS-804 Conflict &Conflict Resolution 3+0
5 PCS-899 MS Thesis 6+0
Sr.No Course Code Subjects Credit Hours
1 PCS-820 Conflict, Peace & Development 3+0
2 PCS-805 Peacekeeping & Peace-building 3+0
3 PCS-811 Regionalism and Regional Security in South Asia 3+0
4 PCS-812 Peace, Arms Control and Disarmament 3+0
5 PCS-813 Pakistan: Nation, State & Security 3+0
6 PCS-821 Peace, Multilateralism and the UN 3+0
7 PCS-822 Contemporary Global Issues 3+0
8 PCS-823 International Security 3+0
9 PCS-824 International Humanitarian Law 3+0
10 PCS-825 Crisis Management in a Pandemic 3+0
11 PCS-826 Islamic Peace and Conflict Resolution 3+0
12 PCS-827 Dynamics of Politics, Peace and Conflict in Africa 3+0
Additional Courses
Sr.No Course Code Subjects Credit Hours
1 RM-898 Research Methodology 2+0
2 SEM/WKSP-897 Seminar / Workshop 1+0