This programme provides students with a foundation in theory and research that allows them to analyse conflicts and conflict resolution efforts in relationship to the dynamics of public governance.
The case-oriented approach helps students to develop skills and experience through the analysis of action in settings that are grounded in comparative and historical perspectives. You will develop the capacity to employ theoretical orientations to make sense of the range of influences (from global to local and instrumental to identify-based and institutional) that shape conflicts and their relationship to governance. Your capacity to draw on the most vexing features of contemporary conflicts to shape governance regimes from the fabric of crisis will be deepened. You will gain skills in conflict analysis, in negotiation and conflict resolution, and in linking research with practice. The programme consists of two core modules plus an elective, followed by the design and development of an individual thesis based on empirical research. All modules emphasise case studies and use them to organise discussions, to develop students' skills in conflict analysis, negotiation and conflict resolution, and to link research with practice.
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).
Previous education: The MSc Programme in Conflict Resolution and Governance seeks students with an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a social sciences discipline closely related to the programme, such as political sciences and international relations. Selection tends to be highly competitive reflecting the number and quality of applications received for each selection round. International diplomas are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the diploma should be equivalent to three years of Dutch university education.
Additional subject: All applicants should have sufficient knowledge of social sciences research methodology reflected by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 20 ECTS during previous study. Promising candidates with less than 20 ECTS of social science research methodology may be admitted provided they complete an intensiveresearch methodology module first.
Language test: All non-native speakers of English (including Dutch students) applying to one of the English-taught programmes offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English. For more information, please visit our website.
Grade average: Study results obtained in previous education should demonstrate that a student is able to attain and maintain a good to excellent level, especially in the field of conflict resolution and governance. Undergraduate studies should be completed with an overall grade average of at least a B/3.0 (American system), second class, lower division Honours degree (British system), C (ECTS system), 7.0 (Dutch system) or equivalent.
Written request: All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation.
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: 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 earned during previous study.
Additional language requirements:
No work experience is required.
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