The Peace and Conflict Studies programme was established in 2000 as a result of a collaboration between University of Ibadan and the British Council Academic programme and INCORE, University of Ulster, Londonderry, the Unified Kingdom. The programme is a multidisciplinary programme with specific target at capacity enhancement in the areas of conflict resolution, peace analysis, peacebuilding and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms; all beyond theoretical dynamics but with adequate field engagement practicals. Once domiciled in the Institute of African Studies, the Peace and Conflict Studies programme, University of Ibadan is indeed the flagship of peace and conflict studies in Nigeria. Currently, it is one of the units in the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. The academic programme took off in 2000 in University of Ibadan and has since birthed many departments and centres of peace studies across Nigeria and beyond with emphasis on gap-bridging in the focus areas. The programme is unarguably the catalyst that created Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP), which today, has created a vantage platform for peace scholars and practitioners in Nigeria and beyond to extend global frontiers in peace practice.
Conceived with the aim of contributing to the global efforts at promoting peace and security, the programme provides students drawn from Nigeria, Africa and the rest of the world with theoretical and practical skills to understand issues in peace, conflict, security as well as sustainable governance paradigms in the modern world with particular reference to Africa, based on perspectives drawn from a wide range of academic disciplines. The competitive nature of the programme and the growing number of applications received annually, in the face of the limited space for only about one third of application over the years testify to the relevance of the programme to the reality of the contemporary world. Besides other worthy professional pursuits such as the Immigration, Foreign Services, Humanitarian Agencies and International and Local Non-Governmental Organisations, our graduates constitute the single largest catchment area of recruit to the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps,
The courses on offer under the programme have an interdisciplinary focus and the areas of specialisation available are:
1. International Security
2. Internal Security
3. Human Security
4. Environmental Security
5. Alternative Disputes Resolution
6. Media, Peace and Conflict
Admission to the M.A. MPhil. and Ph.D. programmes in Peace and Conflict Studies is open to graduates of the University of Ibadan and other reputable institutions of higher learning recognized by the Senate of the University with a minimum of Second Class Degree (Lower Division) in any discipline. This is because peace and conflict discipline is not restricted to only the social sciences and humanities but traverses several other domains with enduring relevance.