Peace and Conflict Studies, M.S.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies at 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. This is one of Uppsala University’s most popular programmes, and is highly regarded in the international academic community.

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 Peace and Conflict Studies programme is offered by Uppsala University.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Causes of Armed Conflict
  • Methods
  • Master's thesis
  • 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
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is:
  • 90 credits in peace and conflict studies or 90 credits in an adjacent relevant subject and 30 credits in peace and conflict studies or corresponding experience; and
  • documented written independent academic work (i.e. one or several academic essays or papers in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian, or translated into any of these languages).
  • All applicants need to verify English language proficiency.

Technological Requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on 
- The quality of previous university studies and relevance of previous studies. 
- Special emphasis is placed on the quality of the written academic work (a Bachelor's thesis or one or several essays that contains, in total, about 8000 words).
- A statement of purpose.
- Two letters of recommendation from teachers judging the academic skills of the applicant.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10422 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20844 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Application Fee: SEK 900
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000

Living costs for Uppsala

  • 7620 - 12070 SEK/month
    Living Costs

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