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Peace and Conflict Transformation - master


Duration:2 År
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master of Philosophy in Peace and Conflict Transformation
Admission requirements:Students with a BA or equivalent qualification in social sciences, humanities, law, education, psychology or public health
Application deadline:Nordic applicants: 15 April, EU/EEA + Swiss applicants: 1 March, Non-EU/EEA applicants: 15 November
Application code:

Nordic applicants: 5059

EU/EEA + Swiss applicants: 7161

Non-EU/EEA applicants: 2034

Programme description

The Master's degree programme in Peace and Conflict Transformation (MPCT) offers interdisciplinary insights into the nature and causes of conflicts, as well as skills for handling conflicts by peaceful means.

The Norwegian High North provides a unique setting for studying the transformation relationships between individuals, groups, and institutions from destructive to constructive bonds. The programme is intentionally based in the city of Tromsø, because it has a long history of working towards peaceful co-existence among local ethnic and cultural groups.

During the first year, students will attend compulsory courses to learn about the core debates and perspectives in the field.

The second year mainly focuses on Master's Thesis projects, which students design with guidance from academic staff based on their individual interests in the field of peace and conflict.

Programme structure

10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1. sem. (autumn) SVF-3901 Master's Thesis in Peace and Conflict Transformation - 40 stp. SVF-3021 Integrated Peace and Conflict Studies - 20 stp. SVF-3022 Culture, Conflict and Society - 10 stp.
2. sem. (spring) SVF-3024 Conflict Resolution and Conflict Transformation - 20 stp. SVF-3025 Methods in social research: An interdisciplinary approach - 10 stp.
3. sem. (autumn)
4. sem. (spring)

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the programme, the candidate should have the following learning outcomes:


Advanced knowledge of:


Capacity to:


Ability to:

Teaching and assessment

Set curriculum makes a fulltime study for 2 years, approximately 1500-1800 workhours per year.

Activities are lectures, seminars, student presentations and peer reviews, individual supervision, excursions, and guest lectures.

The teaching and learning methods are problem-based, i.e. using problems and issues informing everyday life as teaching materials. The teaching involves lectures, seminars and self-readings. The variety of teaching methods are designed to enhance the students' problem-solving capabilities. Every student will be assigned a thesis supervisor in the first year of study. Supervision is given through seminars and individual tutorials.

Language of instruction


Exchange possibilities

Exchange studies abroad will make you more attractive on the job market. Studies abroad will increase your learning outcomes, improve your language skills, give you unique adventures and international experience.

The Master’s degree programme in Peace and Conflict Transformation (MPCT) has bilateral exchange agreements with universities abroad where the student may take modules that will subsequently be approved as part of the degree. In this degree programme, we make room for outbound student exchange in the 3rd semester. We make certain reservations concerning what modules the exchange university has to offer.

Job prospectives

The MPCT prepares students for challenging careers in sectors as diverse as security and diplomatic services, emergency and humanitarian assistance, international aid and donor agencies, and non-governmental organizations. In addition, MPCT offers transferrable competencies and skills for those who wish to pursue training in professions such as journalism and teaching. Ultimately, MPCT candidates may apply for admission to relevant PhD programmes.

Access to further studies

On successful completion of the degree programme, students may be qualified for admission to a PhD programme in a number of academic areas at UiT the Arctic University of Norway or elsewhere.