Peace and Conflict Studies, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
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The Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University has a distinct international character and prepares graduates for a professional career as an analyst or researcher in both the private and public sectors, nationally and internationally. You will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to solve problems independently, and the ability to monitor and critically evaluate the development of knowledge within peace and conflict research.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education concluded in its 2012 national evaluation of higher education that the Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies is of the highest quality, receiving the highest mark available on all criteria for evaluation.

The programme is given by the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. The degree qualifies graduates to apply for doctoral studies in Peace and Conflict Studies or International Relations. 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 the students regularly come from all corners of the world.

Upon completion of the programme, you will have acquired a thorough understanding of advanced issues in peace and conflict research in order to be able to critically examine, assess and analyse the origin, dynamics and resolution of armed conflicts on a scientific basis.

Through elective courses the programme provides an opportunity to obtain a more individual profile by specialising in areas such as the Emerging security threats, Gender peace and war or Protection of civilians. . The programme also entails the opportunity for a one-semester long internship, where you can gain valuable practical experience.


The programme prepares graduates for a professional career as analysts or researchers in the private and the public sector, both nationally and internationally. The Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies provides a broad competence with special knowledge of how to moderate conflict and build peace and justice at national and global levels. Former students at the department work at international organisations such as the United Nations and the World Bank, various national ministries and governmental agencies in Sweden and abroad, as well as in various national and international non-governmental organisations.

The programme also prepares students for research and teaching and is a qualification when applying for doctoral studies in Peace and Conflict Studies or International Relations. Former students at the department are completing their PhD studies at, for example, Columbia Univer­sity in New York, Oxford University in Oxford, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, King’s College in London, Euro­pean University Institute in Florence, and the University of Otago, New Zealand as well as various Swedish ­universities.


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).

Programme Structure

The programme begins with three courses for the whole class: Causes of Armed Conflict (15 credits) and Methods (15 credits) in semester 1 (autumn), and International Conflict Resolution (15 credits) in semester 2 (first half of spring). For the second half of semester 2 (15 credits) students choose two out of six elective courses, for example War and Development; Social Psychological Foundations of Intergroup Conflict; or Gender, War and Peace. Three courses are offered in parallel in five-week blocks (7.5 credits); programme students are guaranteed a place in one of the three courses.

In the third semester, students can choose to do an Internship (whole or half semester) or study courses offered by the Department (for example, Local perspectives of Peacebuilding or International Interventions and Protection of Civilians). The elective courses offered in semester 2 and 3 may vary from year to year. Semester 4 consists of thesis writing.

Courses Within The Programme

Compulsory courses:

  • Causes of Armed Conflict
  • Methods
  • Master's thesis

Elective courses (may vary):

  • International Conflict Resolution
  • War and Development
  • Social Psychological Foundations of Intergroup Conflict
  • Leadership and Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiating Global Challenges
  • Emerging Security Threats
  • Gender, War and Peace
  • Local perspectives of peacebuilding
  • International Interventions and Protection of Civilians
  • Causes of Peace
  • Reviewing a Research Field
  • Internship in Peace and Conflict

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: August 28, 2017
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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For Master's level studies, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university. Applicants who have not been awarded a Bachelor's degree but are in their final year of studies may be conditionally admitted.

Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in English, and this is usually done through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent.

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Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 21084 International
  • Free EU/EEA
Application Fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000
Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000


Uppsala University provides several different scholarships for students. The scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fees for courses within the programme, i e 30 credits per semester.

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