Master's Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies

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120 credits  

The programme is given by the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University. It has a distinct international character and it prepares graduates for a professional career as analysts or researchers in both the private and public sector, both nationally and internationally. The degree qualifies graduates to apply for doctoral studies in Peace and Conflict Studies or International Relations. The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education concluded in its 2012 national evaluation of higher education that the education at the Master programme is of highest quality, receiving the highest mark available on all criteria for evaluation. For more information about the Master's Programme in Peace and Conflict Studes, see the university's admissions website or read below about application and timeline & courses.  


There are two application periods for the Master's Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies. The first application period, which is open to all international applicants, is from 16 October 2018 to 15 January 2019. We strongly encourage all students with bachelor degrees from non-Swedish Universities to apply during the first application round. Applications are made through www.universityadmissions.seApplication code: UU-M2482. See University Admissions in Sweden website for detailed information on pertinent deadlines and how required documentation has to be submitted.

The second application round is primarily for Swedish students, and is open from15 March to 15 April 2019. Applications are made through Please note that only students who are citizens of a country within the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland can apply during the second application round. Application code: UU-P2061. See Antagning website for detailed information on pertinent deadlines and how required documentation has to be submitted.


Year 1 

Autumn term 

The fall term (Term 1) consists of Causes of War (15 credits) and Methods (15 credits), which run in parallel. Causes of War is a core course that gives a first specialisation in Peace and Conflict Studies. There are two alternative Methods tracks. The main option is to enrol in Methods I (7,5 credits) followed by Methods II (7,5 credits). Students with significant knowledge in statistical analysis can enrol in an alternative option of Methods I followed by Methods II, Advanced (7,5 credits). Students who take the alternative option in Term 1 have the possibility to enrol in Advanced Quantitative Methods as an elective course in Term 2.

Spring term 

In the spring term (Term 2), students begin by studying International Conflict Resolution (15 credits), which focuses on how conflict parties move from violent interactions to durable peace. Having studied both the causes of war (in the autumn) and international conflict resolution (in the spring), our Masters students have a firm basis to stand on and now choose two out of six elective 5-week (7.5 credits) courses for the remaining 10 weeks of the spring. The aim is to give students the opportunity to study courses of their particular interest, in greater depth and breadth.

Students wishing to conclude their studies with a one-year’s Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies take International Conflict Resolution in the first half of Term 2 and write an essay during the second half of the term (15 credits). 

Year 2

Autumn term 

Students may devote the third term to gaining practical experience as an intern in an international organization, private company or governmental institution in Sweden or abroad for all or half of the semester (30 or 15 credits). Alternatively, students can choose to take elective courses offered by the Department or other departments at Uppsala University.

Spring term

The fourth term is devoted entirely to a degree project: The Master's Thesis course (30 credits). 


Courses offered by the Department of Peace and Conflict Research for the Master's Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies. Note that changes may occur.

Compulsory courses

Elective courses

Second term

Third term

Contact Information

Ms. Ingalill Blad Ögren
Programme Administrator
Phone: +46 (0)18 471 23 49
Fax: +46 (0)18 69 51 02
P.O. Box 514
SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

Ms. Liana Lopes
Programme Coordinator
Phone: +46 (0) 18 471 23 77
Fax: +46 (0)18 69 51 02
P.O. Box 514
SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

Office hours

The DPCR Student Office is located at Gamla Torget 3, 1st floor (via the Student Lounge).

Drop-in hours for Master students:

  • Tuesdays: 13:00-15:00
  • Fridays: 13:00-15:00

For other hours, please email to set an appointment.