M.Phil. Peace and Conflict Transformation (Peacestudies)

UIT the Arctic University of Norway

Application deadline: Norwegian and other Nordic applicants: April 15; Self-financed applicants: December 1
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • Free (Non-EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Master's degree programme 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 during 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.

Job prospectives
The Masters degree programme in Peace and Conflict Transformation prepares students for challenging careers in sectors as diverse as emergency and humanitarian assistance, governmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as teaching and research.


Programme structure
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

* Optional course

3. semester (autumn)

* SVF-3901 Master's Thesis in Peace and Conflict Transformation
* SVF-3023 Project seminar
* Elective course

4. semester (spring)

* SVF-3901 Master's Thesis in Peace and Conflict Transformation

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

Teaching and assessment
The teaching and learning methods will be problem-based, as far as possible: Using problems and issues informing everyday life as a starting point, the teaching will be organized as recurrent cycles of instructions, readings, seminars, discussions and academic production under the guidance of an academic staff. The teaching methods will be worldly, grounded and driven by field knowledge and thereby facilitate the problem-solving capabilities of students.

All students will be appointed an academic adviser in the first year of study. The supervision will be given through seminars and individual tutorials.

The type of examination is specified in each module.


Admission to the Master's programme in Peace and Conflict Transformation requires a Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification in the social sciences, health sciences, humanities, law or education. An average grade of equivalent to C or better in 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.
The programme is English-taught and applicants must document adequate proficiency in EnglishEntry into the programme is competitive and based on your academic qualifications (educational background) and a statement of purpose.

Students must hold, at minimum a bachelor degree or equivalent of at least three years duration in political science, humanities, health sciences or law at university level.
All courses will be held in English. Therefore applicants must document adequate proficiency in English.
Applicants must enclose an essay of approximately 2 pages in English where they describe their background and motivation for taking this Master's degree.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 85


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