Master's Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies

Fyris river
Picture caption: The Fyris river, just next to the Department of Peace and Conflict Research.

120 credits  

Why is there armed conflict? How do we reach sustainable peace? Peace and Conflict Studies is a young research field addressing crucial issues in a troubled world. The Master's Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies gives you a broad skill-set with specialised knowledge in conflict management and peacebuilding at both a national and global level.

The Programme 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.


There are two application periods for the Master's Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies. For the international admission round, you need to apply through the national applications system run by University Admissions in Sweden. This is done at the website It is only possible to submit an application during the two official admission rounds. Follow this  step-by-step guide to ensure you submit a complete application. 


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 enroll in Forecasting Methods and Causal Inference for the Social Sciences 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 Master's students have a firm basis to stand on and now choose two out of the various elective courses offered 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 organisation, 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
P.O. Box 514
SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

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

Last modified: 2024-01-21