The Master’s degree programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research (PEACE) provides a multi- and intradisciplinary approach to peace and conflict research. The PEACE programme facilitates the understanding of complex nature of wars and conflicts, as well as their short and long term consequences. It focuses not only on the study of conflict, but primarily on its transformation and on the conditions for peaceful change. PEACE examines, for example, how violent conflicts, ethnic and religious discrimination and human rights violations produce forced displacement, and how different actors can respond to these crisis situations. Furthermore, the programme also deals with the role of the environment and natural resources in conflict and peacebuilding.
Students learn about the preconditions for conflict resolution and sustainable peace in local as well as in international and global contexts. Special emphasis is given to various tools and phases of conflict transformation: peacebuilding, mediation, reconciliation and dialogue. More than just the study of conflict dynamics, the emphasis of the programme lies on the transformation of violent conflicts to achieve sustainable peace. Along with the Nordic tradition of peace research, it aims to take a holistic as well as a normative approach.
Career or after graduation opportunities
PEACE prepares students for postgraduate studies, independent research work as well as for professional activities which include various tasks in the global society, ranging from interpersonal relationships to international conflict situations. There is a growing need for expertise in conflict resolution, mediation and crisis management in the service of governments, international organisations, NGOs and media. The need for expertise in these areas is constantly increasing.