The University of British Columbia - Okanagan - College of Graduate Studies

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Power, Conflict and Ideas

The University of British Columbia - Okanagan - College of Graduate Studies

Faculty:College of Graduate Studies
Field of Study:Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Social Sciences, General
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $5,302
International: $9,314


The dynamics of power, conflict, and ideas in today’s world are complex and in constant flux. Economic opportunity, employment, sustainability, security, religion, and poverty are just some of the problems that shape society and individual lives. The ability to understand the causes and consequences of these issues requires a solid foundation in historical knowledge and contextualised understandings of social and political dynamics. However, finding solutions to such problems requires the ability to approach these challenges both creatively and critically. The interdisciplinary graduate degree in power, conflict, and ideas at UBC’s Okanagan campus brings together diverse perspectives, insights, tools, and techniques needed to comprehend and address today’s challenges, and allow graduates to become agents of change.

Students will study the dynamics of political environments, learn how to use archives and historical data, study social theory and theoretical approaches, learn how to apply ethical frameworks, and develop critical analytical skills. In pursuing this field of study, students will be able to pursue rigorous graduate study that culminates in an in-depth individual research project. The interdisciplinary nature of the program, drawing from multiple faculties and departments, allows for a range of teaching and research opportunities in different departments.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*76 to 80
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    PhD applicants will normally have a master’s degree in a related field, with a B+ (76%) average or better, and clear evidence of research ability or potential. Applicant background training must be sufficient for advanced work in their chosen field.

    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration)
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on September 13, 2022