MA in Reconciliation

Reconciliation as a concept and practice is one of the least understood aspects of sustainable peacebuilding and conflict transformation. In collaboration with the University of Winchester, our MA in Reconciliation brings together the academic rigor of postgraduate study in higher education and the practical knowledge and skills required to work at the cutting edge of reconciliation.


Simon Keyes


Simon was Director of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace from 2004 to 2014 and is now its Fellow in Reconciliation.

Whilst at St Ethelburga’s he proposed the idea of an MA in Reconciliation to the University of Winchester, and he has played a central role in designing and delivering it. He has wide experience of project development and group facilitation and is an experienced trainer.

Reconciliation and Peacebuilding Course Manual

This is a flexible, modular course, taught mostly online using the latest e-learning approaches. It can be studied on either a full or part-time basis at the Masters level. A PGCert or Diploma is also available for studying fewer modules, and it is possible to study individual modules without accreditation.

Course Content

The MA Reconciliation is made up of six taught modules (20 credits) and a ‘final assessment’ worth 60 credits. All students must take the core modules ‘Understanding the Nature and Causes of Conflict’ and ‘Theories and Dynamics of Reconciliation’. Students must also take ‘The Practice of Reconciliation 1’, and the cross-faculty ‘Research Methods’ module in preparation for the final assessment. The wide range of optional modules enables students to select topics which most closely match their career aspirations and/or desired skills development. Students are able to choose (subject to availability) two further taught modules from:

  • The Practice of Reconciliation 2 (20 credits)
  • Multiple Perspectives on Reconciliation (20 credits)
  • Religion and Peacebuilding (20 credits)
  • Building Networks of Peace (20 credits)
  • Multi-faith Cooperation on Peacebuilding (20 Credits)
  • Religion and Development (20 credits)
  • Interreligious Dialogue and Intercultural Theology (20 credits)
  • Religion and Globalisation (20 credits)
  • Religion in the Contemporary West (20 credits)
  • Theology, Religion and Ethics (20 credits)
  • Supervised Research Project (20 credits)
  • Management Responses to Global Issues (20 credits)

The research element of the programme (60 credits) can take the form of a conventional 15,000-20,000 word dissertation. Alternatively, as a means by which to enhance career prospects and skills development, students may (after consultation with their tutors) have the option of either participating in a reconciliation project and writing a reflective critique on the process, or undertaking a commissioned consultancy report for an existing organisation working in this area. In both these alternative modes of study students will be supported and guided throughout the process by an experienced tutor.

Please download the full course manual for further information.