Why is there armed conflict? How do we reach sustainable peace? Peace and Conflict Studies is a young research field addressing crucial issues in a troubled world. The Master’s Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies gives you a broad skill-set with specialised knowledge in conflict management and peacebuilding at both a national and global level.
WHY THIS PROGRAMME?
The Department of Peace and Conflict Research has established itself as a key producer of cutting-edge research and a provider of high-quality data on conflict. Upon completion of the Master’s Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies, you will have acquired a thorough understanding of advanced issues in peace and conflict research and will be able to critically examine, assess and analyse the origin, dynamics and resolution of armed conflicts on a scientific basis.
You will acquire knowledge and skills that provide you with the capacity to solve problems independently and the ability to monitor and critically evaluate the development of knowledge within peace and conflict research independently.
During the programme you can expect to:
- learn how to critically examine, assess and analyse the origin, dynamics and resolution of armed conflicts on a scientific basis
- engage with a vibrant research environment
- obtain an individual skill profile by specialising in areas of interest to you
As a student at the department you will engage with a vibrant research environment and thrive among motivated high-performing fellow students. All classes are taught in English and you will be part of a diverse student body, with students coming from all corners of the world.
With a range of elective courses to choose from, you can create a more individual profile by specialising in areas such as emerging security threats, gender, war and peace, international interventions and protection of civilians or causes of peace. You will have the opportunity to undertake a semester long internship, where you can gain valuable practical experience.
You will be trained in numerous generic skills to gradually develop your methodological skills and your ability to critically evaluate cases of the onset, the dynamics and the resolution of armed conflicts using different social scientific approaches.
You have been studying political science, international relations or global studies and as part of your education you have also taken some courses in Peace and Conflict Research. Working on your Bachelor’s thesis or similar academic work gave you experience in analysing facts, apply methods learned and use statistics to interpret the data you collect. This means that you already have basic knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methods.
A future PhD education is a possibility you might have thought about, but starting to work right after graduation is also something you are considering. You like to keep your options open for now and would value the possibility of applying your knowledge in an internship in Sweden or abroad during your education.
The programme leads to a Master of Social Science (120 credits) with Peace and Conflict Studies as the main field of study. After one year of study it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Social Science (60 credits).
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is:
- 90 credits in peace and conflict studies, or 90 credits in a related relevant discipline and 30 credits in peace and conflict studies or the equivalent; and
- a summary, in English, of a Bachelor´s thesis or another independent academic work in peace and conflict studies or equivalent that you are the only author of (about 3000 words excluding references).
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden (“English 6”). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:
- IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
- TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
- Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Selection: Students are selected based on:
- the quality of previous university studies and relevance of previous studies. Special emphasis is placed on the summary of a Bachelor’s thesis or another independent academic work in peace and conflict studies or equivalent (about 3,000 words excluding references).;
- a statement of purpose; and
- two letters of recommendation from teachers judging the academic skills of the applicant.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.
Application Fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000
Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000
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