The Masterís Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research (PEACE) provides a multi- and intradisciplinary approach to peace and conflict research. The PEACE programme facilitates the understanding of complex nature of wars and conflicts as well as their short and long term consequences. The programme focuses not only on the study of conflict but primarily on its transformation and on the conditions for peaceful change.
In the programme, it is examined, for example, how violent conflicts, ethnic and religious discrimination and human rights violations produce forced displacement and how different actors can respond to these crisis situations. Furthermore, the programme deals also with the role of the environment and natural resources in conflict and peacebuilding. Students learn about the preconditions for conflict resolution and sustainable peace in local as well as in international and global contexts. Special emphasis is given to various tools and phases of conflict transformation -- peacebuilding, mediation, reconciliation and dialogue. More than just the study of conflict dynamics, the emphasis of the programme lies on the transformation of violent conflicts to achieve sustainable peace. Along with the Nordic tradition of peace research, the programme aims to take a holistic as well as a normative approach.
The programme prepares students for both doctoral studies as well as for professional activity in various tasks in society, ranging from interpersonal relationships to international conflict situations. For instance, graduates could proceed to have careers as researchers, analysts, consultants or political advisors in government agencies, international organisations, research institutes or NGOs.
There are no tuition fees. However, all degree students studying on Bachelor's and Master's programmes pay the annual membership fee of the Student Union (c. 115 euros).
The MDP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research is a two-year full-time study programme. The first year focuses on the introduction to the multidisciplinary nature of peace and conflict research. During the second year students gain a deeper understanding of their specific research interests as they participate in the thesis seminar and concentrate on writing their Masterís thesis under the guidance of their personal thesis supervisor. A great deal of flexibility is allowed when making the personal study plan and there is also the possibility to complete an optional internship.
The programme is hosted by the Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI), which is internationally acknowledged for its high quality research since its founding in 1969. The curriculum and teaching of the programme is directly linked with the research conducted in TAPRI. The researchers of the institute are specialized in various research topics such as identity politics, peace mediation, nationalism, history, international relations and security, human mobility, peacebuilding, gender, and the role of the environment in conflict. This close contact with the research community of the Institute not only guarantees the high level of teaching but also allows the students to have supervision and dialog with the experts of the field and, perhaps, to consider a research career for themselves. Furthermore, visiting guest speakers regularly bring perspectives from the professional world of peacebuilding and mediation, giving students the opportunity to engage with practitioners.
- the student gains interdisciplinary understanding of short and long term consequences of conflicts
- the student learns to understand the preconditions for conflict transformation, conflict resolution and peace in local as well as in international and global contexts
- the student learns to analyze the evolution of the conflicts and conflict resolution and gains knowledge of peacebuilding, mediation and negotiation
To be eligible to apply to the Masterís Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, an applicant must have
- a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired programme or in a closely related subject AND
- fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies.
Applicants must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency; language tests and previous studies.
Student selection is made on the basis of application documents; there is no entrance exam. Applicants are assessed on the following merits:
- the applicantís academic quality and the success and the relevance of the applicant's overall study record in the completed Bachelor's degree and other studies, judged primarily from the degree certificate and transcript of records
- the applicantís motivation to study in this programme specifically, and justification of the application in relation to prior studies and future career plans, judged from the letter of motivation and the CV
- the applicantís English language skills for academic purposes, judged from the certificate provided
In addition, work experience relevant to the programme, and other relevant merits and qualifications may be taken into account.
Admissions results will be announced by 29 April, 2016.
No work experience is required.
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