MSc in Conflict Resolution and Governance

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

MSc in Conflict Resolution and Governance

University of Amsterdam

The Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Governance offers you an education on the broad spectrum of conflict resolution theory, research and practice. The causes, characteristics, significance, and consequences of conflicts are studied in relation to the dynamics of public governance. You will learn how to analyze conflicts, negotiate their resolution and link conflict research with its practice.

Would you like to know more about conflicts? Their shifts in character and significance? The possibilities for actions in real-life situations? And how to transform conflict into a resource for democratic governance?

The Conflict Resolution and Governance program provides you with a foundation in theory and research that helps you analyze conflicts and conflict resolution efforts in relation to the dynamics of public governance.

You are given the opportunity to develop a command of diverse resources needed to respond to analytical challenges presented by local, regional, and global conflicts and to situate contemporary events in a historical and comparative perspective.

The case-oriented approach of the program helps you to develop skills and experience through the analysis of action in settings that are grounded in comparative and historical perspectives.

Student profile

The program is rigorous and intensive. You are expected to develop your capacity to work independently and in groups. Students come to the program from a wide range of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds. This diverse group is linked by a shared interest in developing their theoretical and research competence in close relationship with practices located at the boundary between conflict resolution and governance.


You will develop the capacity to employ theoretical orientations to make sense of the range of influences (from global to local and instrumental to identity-based and institutional) that shape conflicts and their relationship to governance. Your capacity to draw on the most vexing features of contemporary conflicts to shape governance regimes from the fabric of crisis will be increased. You will gain skills in conflict analysis, in negotiation and conflict resolution, and in linking research with practice.

Focus on research

All lecturers in the Master’s program in Conflict Resolution and Governance are prominent researchers at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). This connection with the AISSR provides students with access to various academic opportunities. The Master’s thesis is based on a topic that students develop individually within a common research project. Research and writing are conducted in a tutorial setting with a member of the program faculty.

Degree certificate

Upon successful completion of Conflict Resolution and Governance, students receive a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Conflict Resolution and Governance.

Program outline

This program starts in September. Fulfilling the requirements should take one year of full-time study.

The curriculum consists of

  • the specialization module (12 EC)
  • one core course (9 EC)
  • one elective (9 EC)
  • the CRG research project (30 EC).

The research project consists of seminar fieldwork, primary and secondary research and a written thesis.


The final Master's thesis is a report on research carried out by the student as part of the research project. The thesis should be between 20,000 and 25,000 words long.

Degree requirements

The Master of Science in Conflict Resolution and Governance degree is awarded upon successful completion of both the course requirements and a written Master's thesis (totally 60 EC).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 10, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
12 months
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2,060 EUR
Netherlands - Amsterdam
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EU/EEA students. Non-EU/EEA students €14,740 per year.