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The Master’s programme offers in-depth understanding of the key issues informing the field of peace and conflict studies. It provides interdisciplinary insights into the nature and causes of conflicts, as well as efforts at building peace and restoring confidence in institutions in conflict-affected societies. It actively recruits students from Nordic and non-Nordic countries to create and promote cross-cultural teaching and learning experiences.

The Master’s degree programme in Peace and Conflict Transformation (MPCT) offers interdisciplinary insights into the nature and causes of conflicts, and analytical skills for handling conflicts by peaceful means.

The programme draws upon the history and geography of the city of Tromsø in the relatively peaceful High North to bring innovation to peace and conflict studies. With a long history of working towards peaceful co-existence among local ethnic and cultural groups, the region provides a unique setting for the study of ways of transforming relationships between individuals, groups and institutions from destructive to constructive bonds.

Teaching is intensive the first year, as core debates and perspectives are addressed through compulsory courses.

The second year focuses mainly on Master’s Thesis projects. These thesis projects are designed by the students themselves, depending on their diverse interests and experiences. It is possible to collect data from any part of the world to support such self-selected Master’s Thesis projects.

Term 10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1. semester (autumn)
SVF-3021 Integrated Peace and Conflict Studies
SVF-3022 Culture, Conflict and Society
2. semester (spring)
SVF-3024 Conflict Resolution and Conflict Transformation
SVF-3025 Methods in social research: An interdisciplinary approach
3. semester (autumn)
SVF-3901 Master’s Thesis in Peace and Conflict Transformation
Elective courses: see CPS homepage
Elective courses: see CPS homepage
4. semester (spring)
SVF-3901 Master’s Thesis in Peace and Conflict Transformation

Upon completion of the programme, the candidate should have the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge

Advanced knowledge of:

  • the history and evolution of peace and conflict studies as a distinct field of study
  • the key theories, debates and issues informing peace and conflict studies
  • the nature and causes of violent conflict at all levels of human interaction – interpersonal, intergroup, community, national and global
  • the diverse mechanisms for transforming conflictual relationships between individuals, groups and institutions into constructive bonds
  • the diverse mechanisms for handling the consequences of violent conflict
  • the existing state of knowledge in closely related fields of study in an overall multi-disciplinary perspective

 

Skills

Capacity to:

  • identify and review relevant literature on specific issues
  • formulate research questions and select appropriate theoretical and methodological frameworks
  • design and carry out an independent research project, which involves the use of diverse data sources, under supervision
  • collect, collate and interpret large amounts of data and communicate results effectively
  • assess the quality of theoretical and methodological perspectives underlying other scholarly works

 

Competence

Ability to:

  • present and discuss aspects of one’s own work effectively at academic and public arenas
  • read and obtain a nuanced understanding of texts, and provide critical and constructive feedback
  • analyze relevant academic and research ethical problems
  • apply knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects
  • contribute to new thinking and innovation processes

Admission to the Master’s Programme in Peace and Conflict Transformation:

  • Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent issued in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand: An average grade C as a minimum requirement,
  • Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent issued in countries other than the above mentioned region/countries: An average grade B as a minimum requirement : https://en.uit.no/education/art?p_document_id=352162&dim=179015

Applicants must enclose a statement of purpose (maximum of two pages). This statement must include the purpose for and interest in pursuing the Master’s degree programme (i.e. relating prior academic achievements and professional experiences to the core concerns of the programme). There is no need for recommendation letters.

The programme is English-taught, requiring applicants to document adequate proficiency in English.

 

Entry into the programme is competitive, based on academic qualifications (educational background) and a statement of purpose.

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