This programme provides you with a foundation in theory and research that helps you analyse conflicts and conflict resolution efforts in relationship to the dynamics of public governance.
You are given the opportunity to develop a command of diverse resources needed to respond to analytical challenges presented by local, regional, and global conflicts and to situate contemporary events in a historical and comparative perspective. The case-oriented approach of the programme helps you to develop skills and experience through the analysis of action in settings that are grounded in comparative and historical perspectives.
Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands
This programme starts in September. The curriculum consists of three core courses, an elective and a research project. The choice of courses is subject to the approval of the academic adviser. Fulfilling the requirements should take one year of full-time study. Students who need to complete a preparatory programme will require more time, the amount of which will depend on the extra requirements to be fulfilled.
The research project (30 ECTS credits) consists of:
The final Master's thesis is a report on research carried out by the student as part of the research project. The thesis should be between 20,000 and 25,000 words long.
The Master of Science in Conflict Resolution and Governance degree is awarded upon successful completion of both the course requirements and a written Master's thesis (totally 60 ECTS credits).
You can apply until:
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
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Additional subject: All applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of social sciences and conflict resolution and/or governance in particular, of at least (an equivalent of) 30 ECTS credits earned during previous study.
Grade average: Study results obtained in previous education should demonstrate that a student is able to attain and maintain a good to excellent standard, especially in the field of social sciences and conflict resolution and/or governance in particular. Undergraduate studies should be completed with an overall grade average of at least a B+/3.33 (American system); second class, upper division Honours degree (British system), C (ECTS system), 7.0 (Dutch system) or equivalent.
Grade list: All applicants are required to submit official transcripts of each higher education institute attended, listing all courses and examinations already completed and currently enrolled in, and grades and credits obtained.
Knowledge minimum: Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology as demonstrated by the completion of (the equivalent of) at least 20 ECTS during previous study.
Language test: As the Master's programme will be highly demanding and fully taught in English, a high level of English language proficiency is expected of all applicants. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and give presentations in English. To ensure the quality of education and to safeguard students from failing their studies or slowing down class interactions, all non-native speakers need to demonstrate their proficiency in English before enrolment. All applicants who are nationals of countries other than Australia, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, United States of America or New Zealand are required to submit an English test score that meets specific requirements. Inability to do so will disqualify them from enrolment.
Previous education: Students with a Bachelor's degree in social sciences or in another closely related discipline (such as political science, international relations, law, economics, history and philosophy) are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements.
Written request: All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation.
Additional language requirements:
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