Studying Peace and Conflict

The Department offers full-range Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD Programmes. As a student at the Department you will be part of a vibrant research community and thrive among motivated high-performing fellow students. Our students come from all corners of the world, and all of our classes are taught in English.

Information for current students

Education at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Peace and Conflict Studies is the study of the causes, dynamics and resolution of armed conflicts. Questions commonly asked within the field include, for example: How do states identify and deal with security threats? Why do states and non-state actors choose violent means for solving their political disputes? How are peace processes best designed to reach durable solutions to existing conflicts? What particular challenges do societies face in the aftermath of a civil war? The Department offers comprehensive education in the subject, including full-range Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD Programmes. 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. Moreover, the relatively small size of the Department allows for close ties between students and teachers.

The analytic skills gained through our courses and programmes are useful for students aiming to become either academics or practitioners in their professional life. Students from our Department have proceeded to careers within, for example, international organizations such as the United Nations, governmental ministries and agencies, as well as various non-governmental organizations. Other alumni have pursued PhD studies at prestigious universities worldwide, including Columbia University (New York), Johns Hopkins (Washington, DC), King’s College (London), Oxford University, and European University Institute (Florence). 

Registration information Fall 2019

Registration for Bachelor's Programme in Peace and Development Studies

Please register for the first course, Peace and Conflict Studies A, via the link below. The introduction and welcome session for the Bachelor's Programme in Peace and Development Studies will be held on Monday, August 26th at 10h00, at Hall IX, University Main Building. All the admitted students should attend the session. Additional details and a welcome letter will be sent by the programme administrator Chris Chau chris.chau@pcr.uu.se on 8 August. Please contact Chris if you cannot attend.  

Registration for Master's Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies

The registration and welcome session for the Master's Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies will be held on Monday, August 26th at 09h00, at Lewinsalen (hall 3576) Östra Ågatan 19.  All the admitted students should attend the registration. Additional details will be sent by the Master Coordinator Dr. Liana Lopes liana.lopes@pcr.uu.se beforehand. Please contact Liana if you cannot attend.

Registration for courses

If you are admitted to one of the following courses, please follow the links below for more information on how you register:

Peace and Conflict Studies A
https://studentportalen.uu.se/portal/portal/uusp/student/student-course?entityId=184137

Peace and Conflict Studies C
https://studentportalen.uu.se/portal/portal/uusp/student/student-course?entityId=184139

Peace and Conflict AI
https://studentportalen.uu.se/portal/portal/uusp/student/student-course?entityId=184138

War and Peace on Film
https://studentportalen.uu.se/portal/portal/uusp/student/student-course?entityId=184443

War and Development
https://studentportalen.uu.se/portal/portal/uusp/student/student-course?entityId=184444

International Interventions and Protection of Civilians https://studentportalen.uu.se/portal/portal/uusp/student/student-course?entityId=184324

Reviewing a Research Field
https://studentportalen.uu.se/portal/portal/uusp/student/student-course?entityId=183863

Negotiation and Mediation in Practice
https://studentportalen.uu.se/portal/portal/uusp/student/student-course?entityId=184197

  • UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia Tutorial (ucdp.uu.se)

  • Introduction to UCDP Definitions of Organized Violence

  • Alumni Talks 2017: A closer look at the United Nations

  • Lecture on Peace Research by Peter Wallensteen

  • Alumni Talks 2016: Democracy from Below or Above? Prospects and Challenges for Peace.

  • Alumni Talks 2014: Peace in the World: Trends in Modern History and Prospects for the Future, part 1

  • Alumni Talks 2014: Peace in the World: Trends in Modern History and Prospects for the Future, part 2