Peace and Conflict Transformation, M.Phil.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    Free
    Tuition (Year)
    Free
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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The Master's programme in Peace and Conflict Transformation offered by the UIT the Arctic University of Norway offers in-depth understanding of the key issues informing the field of peace and conflict studies.

About

The Master's degree programme in Peace and Conflict Transformation (MPCT) offered by UIT the Arctic University of Norway 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 Far 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.

Learning outcomes

The MPCT is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge of peace and conflict studies as a distinct and an applied field of study, in addition to developing general academic capabilities.

Students, who have successfully completed the MPCT programme, are expected to have achieved the following:

  • Ability to relate theoretical and methodological frameworks from a variety of disciplines to violent conflicts and peace-building processes
  • Ability to develop their peace-building skills through role plays, team work and communication
  • Ability to design and carry out a research project that involves the use of diverse data sources
Career:

The MPCT prepares students for challenging careers in sectors as diverse as security and diplomatic services, emergency and humanitarian assistance, international aid and donor agencies, and non-governmental organizations. In addition, MPCT offers valuable competencies and skills for those who wish to pursue training in professions such as journalism and teaching. Ultimately, MPCT candidates may apply for admission to relevant PhD programmes.

Programme Structure

Programme structure:

Semester I:

  • Integrated Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Culture, Conflict and Society

Semester II:

  • Conflict Resolution and Conflict Transformation
  • Optional course

Semester III:

  • Master's Thesis in Peace and Conflict Transformation
  • Project seminar
  • Elective course

Semester IV:

  • Master's Thesis in Peace and Conflict Transformation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    85

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Admission to the Master's Programme in Peace and Conflict Transformation requires a Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualifications, with a minimum of 80 ECTS within social sciences, humanities, law or education. An average grade equivalent to C or better within the Norwegian grading system is required.

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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free International
  • Free EU/EEA

Funding

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