One-Year Full-Time Postgraduate Diploma

The course is open to a maximum of 25 students per year, beginning each September and finishing in May the following year.   Students may be registered at either Ulster University or ICS (Punjabi University).

Students will begin their studies at INCORE, Ulster University, Northern Ireland, UK. The first three modules will provide the necessary conceptual framework for the subsequent practice-based professional courses. Further modules and faculty-led case studies will develop students’ conflict-related skills, including conflict analysis, mediation, restorative justice, and negotiation.   Students will complete their diploma course by transferring to Sanghol for the final two modules of further practical studies.

While at Ulster University, students will have temporary placements in a wide range of civil society organisations, where they will be exposed to, and have an opportunity to begin to practice, the operating skills they will use in their future work.

Facilities:   INCORE is a joint project of the United Nations University and Ulster University, which over more than twenty years has established an international reputation for practical research, teaching, and comparative analysis of conflicts throughout the world.

The ICS in India is located at the Cordia Educational Complex, Sanghol, 40km from Chandigarh, Punjab, India, and also enjoys excellent facilities including:

  • high-speed broadband, wifi, and other comprehensive IT equipment,
  • comfortable seminar rooms, faculty, and student living accommodation,
  • ample library with a very wide range of online journals,
  • refractory, social, and sporting facilities.

Faculty:  There are separate sets of academic staff, at INCORE and Sanghol, with the latter concentrating on practice-based teaching materials development research, as well as teaching. Exchanges between the faculty groups will enrich the student experience at both campuses. Visiting faculty, from India and elsewhere, will give lectures and seminars. Online teaching is also provided.

Assessment and certification: Students will be assessed continuously based on their contributions to classroom and seminar discussions as well as their written work.   There will also be final, externally assessed, examinations.

Successful students will receive a diploma from either the University of Ulster or the Punjabi University, whichever is the more appropriate for their individual circumstances.

Entry requirements and fees: Applications are accepted from anywhere in the world. However, given the Commonwealth link, based on the 2007 ‘Civil Paths to Peace’ report, it is anticipated that a majority of students will come from Commonwealth countries.

Applicants must be fluent in both written and oral English, and have at least a primary degree or professional qualification in a relevant subject.   In certain circumstances students with appropriate practical experience may be admitted without a degree.

All students must also be able to satisfy the requirements of the UK Border Agency for their period of study at INCORE, and comply with all immigration study requirements of the Indian government.

See also the ‘APPLY NOW’ section for more details and application forms.

Diploma student fees are currently fixed at UK£14,000 including food, lodging, and travel from Northern Ireland, UK, to Sanghol. Some bursaries or part-sponsorship are expected to be available.

Outcomes for students:  The principal goal of ICS is to develop and strengthen practice-based skills for addressing all aspects of conflicts and incipient conflicts.   The initial conceptual overview contained in the first three study modules cover:

  • historical overview/conflict statistics;
  • models for conflict analysis;
  • conflict prevention;
  • peace processes;
  • new developments in conflict resolution.

Students’ learning and skills outcomes will consist of:

  • an understanding of the language and concepts of conflict studies;
  • an appreciation of the social, economic, and societal complexities of conflicts;
  • conflict analysis;
  • procedures to bring belligerents to engage in dialogue;
  • mediation;
  • negotiation;
  • restorative justice;
  • assessing and working constructively with civil society and government entities.

Who Should take the Diploma course? The Diploma course will enhance students’ capacity to work more productively and successfully in the following areas:

  • Police;
  • Military;
  • Intelligence;
  • Social work,
  • Community development in conflict areas;
  • Media;
  • Civil service;
  • International NGOs;
  • Civil society organisations.

Thus, the Diploma will be of particular interest to civil servants, diplomats, police and intelligence officers, social workers, military, journalists, and NGO staff.

Advanced Professional Courses

Practicing professionals working in the field of conflict and related areas can benefit from short, intensive courses that focus on specific aspects of their work. These will strengthen and complement existing skills as well as introducing students to best practice.

ICS is developing a suite of such specialist courses, examples of which are:

  • community policing, including engagement in difficult areas and with hostile populations;
  • Introduction to mediation;
  • Negotiations skills;
  • role of restorative justice;
  • developing productive relationships between government and civil society;
  • Policing and civil society;
  • Military and civil society;
  • Working with the media;
  • The role of education and sports;
  • Grievance, identity, and engineered violence.

These, and other courses may be held at Sanghol, Northern Ireland, or elsewhere depending on student needs, resource availability, and other considerations.

Fees will vary depending on the length and nature of the courses.

A Confidential Space

Bringing parties to a point where they are prepared to talk with their enemies is invariably a difficult, prolonged, and sensitive process. Therefore, much constructive work in this and other aspects of addressing conflict is best carried on away from publicity.  The facilities of the ICS are ideal for such conversations.