Bachelor Program

Are you interested in issues of peace and development? Wondering why people participate in armed conflicts? We offer a 3-year Bachelor's Program in Peace and Development Studies.

Master Program

One of the most popular programs at Uppsala University, our 2-year Master Program in Peace and Conflict Studies brings together students from all corners of the world. The program prepares graduates for a professional career as analysts or researchers within the international field of peace and conflict.

Freestanding Courses

The Department offers a number of freestanding courses at the undergraduate level.

Uppsala Rotary Peace Center

The Department is proud to host one of the six Rotary International Peace Centers. Students from all over the world can apply to Rotary scholarships to pursue a Master in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Department.

PhD Program

We offer a 4-year PhD program in Peace and Conflict Research.

Call for applications: 1 PhD student position

The position is fully funded by the university and is intended to begin in January 2016. For more information about the position and how to apply, see the department's PhD Program. Last application date: 2015-09-09


Magnus Öberg (Head of Department)
Phone: +46 (0)18 471 27 87

Karen Brounéus (Director of Studies)
Phone: +46 (0)18-471 23 27

Kristine Höglund (Director of Studies, PhD Programme)
Phone: +46 (0)18-471 63 87

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Welcome to the Department of Peace and Conflict Research

The department welcomes all new and old students!

The new Master students (class of 2015-2017)

Welcome to the new academic year! The fall semester has just begun and the new Master students will be studying a course on the Causes of Armed Conflict over the next ten weeks. Our Master program in Peace and Conflict Studies has a strong international profile and attracts students from all around the world. Through elective courses, the program provides an opportunity to obtain an individual profile by specializing in areas such as conflict resolution or security challenges. The program also prepares students for a future career as practitioners. Many of our second-year students are now doing internships with various international organizations, government agencies, NGOs, think tanks, and other relevant employers.

Our Bachelor program in Peace and Development is one of the most popular programs at Uppsala University and the admission is highly competitive. The new students begin the program by taking the A-course in Peace and Conflict Studies together with 65 other Swedish and international students. The third-year program students are now taking a course in methods to prepare them for their Bachelor theses later this semester.

We currently have a total of 272 students enrolled in our undergraduate and master courses. The Department welcomes all new and old students to what we hope will be a challenging and exciting academic year!

Open talks about power – what drives us?

The Uppsala city theater, in cooperation with the Department, will hold a series of popular science panel discussions on the theme of “Open talks about power – what drives us?”. Researchers from the fields of peace and conflict, gender and political science, as well as journalists, directors of current shows and the Uppsala city theater director, will participate in the discussions. The audience is invited to participate and ask questions. The panel discussions are free of charge, but tickets need to be collected at the theater.  

Magnus Öberg and Karen Brounéus participated in the first panel discussion which was held on 27 August, 18-20, at the theater’s “Lilla scenen”, and built on Michail Bulgakov’s book The Heart of a Dog. The play, directed by Yana Ross, has premier at the Uppsala city theater on 17 September and poses the question of what are we prepared to do to satisfy our own needs.   

The panel discussion was filmed by 24UNT and is available at the 24UNT's website (two parts).

For more information, see the event flyer (in Swedish).

More news from the Department

Claude Ake Professor 2015 – Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

Almedalen 2015

UCDP GED 1.9: 26 years of armed conflict and organised violence in Southeast Asia

The Department congratulates its successful masters students

Research for Peace

For more news, please see News Archive.


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Call for applications

Minor Field Studies Scholarships

The Department has received two Minor Field Studies (MFS) scholarships. Final date for applications is 17 September 2015. For application material and more information about MFS, see the MFS-section

1 PhD student position at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research

The position is fully funded by the university and is intended to begin in January 2016. For more information about the position and how to apply, see the department's PhD Program. Last application date: 2015-09-09


Speaker Series

"Organizational Fragmentation and the Trajectory of Militant Splinter Groups"

17 September, 13.15-15.00 (Sal 2, Gamla Torget 3)

On 17 September, Evan Perkoski, PhD Candidate, Political Science Department, University of Pennsylvania, will hold a lecture on "Organizational Fragmentation and the Trajectory of Militant Splinter Groups". The Speaker Series lectures are open to the public. Most welcome!

For more information see the Speaker Series webpage.

Dissertations 2015

Angela Muvumba Sellström defended her dissertation: "Stronger than Justice - Armed Group Impunity for Sexual Violence" on 17 January, in Auditoriet, Muesum Gustavianum. The opponent was Professor Chandra Lekha Sriram, University of East London.

Ralph Sundberg will defend his dissertation: "Values and Attitudes across Peace Operations - Change and Stability in the Political Psychology of Swedish ISAF Soldiers" on 12 September, 13.15, in Sal IX, Universitetshuset. The opponent is Professor Christopher Cohrs, Jacobs University Bremen.

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Recent Publications

For a complete list of publications from the Dept. of Peace and Conflict Research, please see Publications.

Käihkö, Ilmari. 2015. “‘No Die, No Rest’? Coercive Discipline in Liberian Military Organisations.Africa Spectrum 50 (2): 3–29.

Walch, Colin (2015) "Expertise and policy-making in disaster risk reduction". Nature Climate Change, 5(8):706-707.

Isak Svensson and Monika Onken (2015), “Global trends of peace negotiations and conflict mediation”, in Michèle Roth, Cornelia Ulbert, and Tobias Debiel (eds.): Global Trends 2015: Prospects for World Society (Development and Peace Foundation, Institute for Development and Peace/Käte Hamburger Kolleg - Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Bonn/Duisburg 2015

Anna K. Jarstad and Kristine Höglund, 2015. "Local Violence and Politics in KwaZulu-Natal: Perceptions of Agency in a Post-Conflict Society", Third World Quarterly, 36(5): 967-984

Laskaris, Stamatis & Joakim Kreutz (2015) "Rising powers and the responsibility to protect: will the norm suvirve in the age of BRICS?" Global Affairs 1(2): 149-158.

Tore Wig, Håvard Hegre and Patrick M. Regan, 2015. Updated data on institutions and elections 1960–2012: presenting the IAEP dataset version 2.0. Research and Politics 2(2) April-June 2015. DOI: 10.1177/20531680155791

Brounéus, Karen, Mariane Wray and Peter Green (2015). "Underestimating the burden for peacekeepers? Difficulty in determining psychological well-being following operational deployment with low response rates from NZDF personnel." Journal of Military and Veterans' Health 23(2): 7-13

Isak Svensson (2015): “Conflict Mediation”, in James D. Wright (ed) International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences; Elsevier

Themnér, Anders (2015), "Former Military Networks and the Micro-Politics of Violence and Statebuilding in Liberia," Journal of Comparative Politics Vol. 47, No. 3.

Victor A.O. Adetula, University of Jos, Nigeria. “African Conflicts, Development and Regional Organisations in the Post-Cold War International System”. Claude Ake Memorial Paper (CAMP) 8.

Guthrey, Holly L. Victim Healing and Truth Commissions: Transforming Pain Through Voice in the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. Springer, 2015.