Master of Human Sciences in Peace and Conflict Studies

The purpose of this programme is to address some of the most enduring and intractable problems of human history, focusing on understanding and analysis of the origins and nature of conflicts within and between societies. It also considers and attempts to contribute to the further development of efforts to build and sustain peaceful and equitable forms of social coexistence

Programme Description

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  • To provide scientific/Islamic training for students to become researchers in Peace and Conflict Studies.
  • To provide scientific/Islamic training for students to become teachers/trainers in Peace and Conflict Studies.
  • To provide scientific/Islamic training for students to become to become consultants in Peace and Conflict Studies.


  • Ability to conceive and conduct research that contributes to the knowledge-base of a sector.
  • Ability to demonstrate a culturally sensitive approach to conflict analysis and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to display expertise in a particular sector and generalizable program management skills.
  • Ability to adopt an Islamic and culturally-sensitive perspective that includes an appreciation for and application of the principles of “do no harm.”
  • Ability to demonstrate bicultural and bilingual competency to matters of peace and conflict.


The Master of Human Sciences in Peace and Conflict Studies programme comprise of 42 credit hours.

Core Courses

Course Code

Research Methods

PCS 6001 (3)

Peace Psychology

PCS 6002 (3)

UN Methods of Conflict Resolution and Conflict Management

PCS 6006 (3)

Specialisation Courses

Course Code

Disaster Management

PCS 6003 (3)

Cross-Cultural Issues in Peace and Conflict

PCS 6004 (3)

Civil Society, Democracy and Peacebuilding

PCS 6005 (3)

Practicum I

PCS 6007 (3)

Practicum II

PCS 6008 (3)

Elective Courses

Course Code

International Law, Human Rights, Diplomacy and Peacebuilding

PCS 6009 (3)

Social Change and Development

PCS 6010 (3)

Religion and Peacebuilding

PCS 6011 (3)

Conflicts and Conflict Resolution

PCS 6012 (3)

Resolutions of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

PCS 6013 (3)

Peacebuilding in the Muslim/Third World: Malaysia’s Experience

PCS 6014 (3)

Islamic Approach to Conflict and Peace

PCS 6015 (3)


(i) Coursework and research
(ii)Coursework only


For students taking the Coursework and Research Mode, after completing all the courses, they will proceed with a dissertation before graduating. The dissertation proposal will be developed in PCS 6016 (12 credit hours).







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5 academic years


Entry Requirements


A relevant Bachelor’s degree with good grades (minimum CGPA of 3.0) from an accredited institution of higher learning or any certificates that are recognized as equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree.


In addition to the Kulliyyah requirements, an applicant must produce satisfactory proof of proficiency in the English language by:

  • The Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550,
  • The International English Testing Service (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0 or
  • The IIUM administered English Placement Test (EPT) with a minimum score of 6.0.