MSc in Conflict, Territories and Identities

General

Program Description

Programme

How can violent conflicts be analyzed and addressed? This is a recurring question, particularly given the ongoing violence in countries like DR Congo and Afghanistan, and the outbursts of civil war in Iraq and Ukraine more recently. In this Master's you will study national and international conflict, and the territorial boundaries and borders in the minds of the people involved. You will also become familiar with the theory and practice of those organizations, such as NGOs and the UN, who intervene in violent conflict and its aftermath, as well as the efforts by local actors to transform and resolve conflict.

The foundation of this specialization is socio-geographical, addressing issues such as the influence of territorial belonging, geopolitical framing and social construction of others, threats, and conflicts, including violent symbolism. Both the political and social construction of conflicts, territories, and identities, as well as the theory and practice of conflict transformations will be addressed. The specialization focuses on conflict in the broad sense of the word: ranging from the violent conflicts taking place in countries like Ukraine, DR Congo, Colombia, Syria and Iraq to extreme regional tension between communities like the resistance to the arrival of refugees in EU countries, or drug-related violence in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. We look beyond the violent conflict itself by also paying attention to practices of post-conflict reconstruction and the long-lasting consequences of conflicts for a region and the people involved.

Facts and figures

  • Degree: MSc in Human Geography
  • Faculty: Nijmegen School of Management
  • Croho code: 60466
  • Duration: 1 year (60 EC), full time
  • Start month: September
  • Language: English
  • Enrolled students: 80-90 per year
  • Contact hours: 5-10 hours per week

Why study this program

  • The foundation of this specialization is socio-geographical, addressing issues such as the influence of territorial belonging, geopolitical framing and social construction of others, threats, and conflicts, including violent symbolism. Both the political and social construction of conflicts, territories, and identities, as well as the theory and practice of conflict transformations will be addressed.
  • The specialization focuses on conflict in the broad sense of the word: ranging from the violent conflicts taking place in countries like Ukraine, DR Congo, Colombia, Syria and Iraq to extreme regional tension between communities like the resistance to the arrival of refugees in EU countries, or drug-related violence in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. We look beyond the violent conflict itself by also paying attention to practices of post-conflict reconstruction and the long-lasting consequences of conflicts for a region and the people involved.
  • Over the past years, Radboud University has made a name for itself in the field of Human Geography for not shying away from critical debates and by researching topics in the field that are of social importance but not always favored with large (EU) funding. We’re known for not staying on the beaten path.
  • Our approach is highly multidisciplinary, it includes fields as sociology, anthropology, international relations, border studies, development studies, migration studies, political science, and public administration.
  • This specialization is offered in collaboration with the Centre for International Conflict - Analysis & Management (CICAM).

Specializations

Conflicts, Territories, and Identities is a specialization of the Master’s program in Human Geography. The other specializations are:

  • Cultural Geography and Tourism
  • Economic Geography
  • Europe: Borders, Identity and Governance
  • Globalization, Migration, and Development
  • Urban and Cultural Geography

Admission and application

Students with a Dutch degree

Bachelor’s degree

Your admission to this program depends on your previous education. You are admissible if you have a completed:

  • Bachelor's degree or pre-Master's degree in Geography, Planning, and Environment (in Dutch: “Geografie, Planologie en Milieu”) from Radboud University
  • Or Bachelor’s degree in a similar (or related) field from another Dutch or international university. Your degree must be equivalent to a Dutch Research University diploma.

For students with a completed bachelor in a related area such as International Relations, Social Sciences, Anthropology, Psychology, History, Philosophy, Religion Studies, European Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Economics, Development Studies, Language Studies, Architecture, (Urban) Design Studies, Leisure and Tourism, Conflict Studies and Management Sciences your prior education first needs to be approved by the Examination Board in order to enroll in the study program.

Do you not meet the admission requirements?

Did you complete a Bachelor’s degree in a different field from a university or a university of applied sciences? You may still be eligible for admission to a pre-Master’s program. A pre-Master’s degree allows you to progress to the Master’s program and related specializations.

Students with an international degree

Bachelor’s degree

Your admission to this program depends on your previous education. You are admissible if you have a completed:

  • In order to get admission to this Master's, you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent, from a research university) from a geography-related discipline, such as Spatial Planning, Geography, Environment Studies.
  • For students with a completed Bachelor's degree (or equivalent, from a research university) in a related area such as International Relations, Social Sciences, Anthropology, Psychology, History, Philosophy, Religion Studies, European Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Economics, Development Studies, Language Studies, Architecture, (Urban) Design Studies, Leisure and Tourism, Conflict Studies and Management Sciences your prior education might first needs to be approved by the Examination Board in order to enroll in the study program, by matter of an intake interview.
  • If you have a Dutch previous education, you can find the admission requirements and the application procedure here.
Proficiency in English

You must also be fluent in both written and spoken English. This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets one of the following conditions:

  • Has successfully completed a three-year Bachelor's program at a Dutch university.
  • Is a citizen of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or the United States of America.
  • Has successfully completed a Bachelor's program that was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: EU/EEA-countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America.
  • Has successfully completed a Master's program from a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO).

All other students need one of the following certificates (All certificates may not be older than two years).

  • A TOEFL score of ≥90, with subscores not lower than 18
  • An IELTS score of ≥6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.0
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
A background in research methodology

Because of the academic nature of this program, we require all our students to have basic training in research processes, e.g. research design and data analysis.

Do you not meet the admission requirements?

Did you complete a Bachelor’s degree in a different field from a university or a university of applied sciences? Or do you not meet one or more of the admission requirements? You may still be eligible for admission to a Pre-Master’s program. A Pre-Master’s degree allows you to progress to the Master’s program and related specializations.

Students with a partially Dutch degree

Please send a detailed email to the Admissions Office, stating clearly which diplomas you have achieved and in which country you have achieved them. We will then advise you which procedure to follow in your specific situation.

Deadlines

Do you have a Dutch previous education?

If you completed an academic Bachelor’s degree followed at another university or in a related discipline you have to request admission. Please make sure that this request will be sent in before 1 July. The Examining Board will decide whether you are admissible to the Master’s or pre-Master’s program.

With a completed Bachelor's degree in Geography, Planning and Environment followed at the Radboud University, you are directly admitted to the Master's program. The deadline for the completion of your registration is 31 August.

International degree

Other deadlines apply for applicants who completed a degree outside of the Netherlands.

Non-EU/EEA* applicants with scholarship

Non-EU/EEA applicants who wish to be considered for a scholarship must submit a complete application before 1 March for the September intake.

Non-EU/EEA applicants without scholarship

All other non-EU/EEA applicants must submit a complete application before 1 April. This is the final deadline and includes the Pre-arrival Services which consists of assistance with accommodation and visa support.

EU/EEA applicants

EU/EEA* applicants must submit a complete application before 1 May for the September intake to receive assistance with an accommodation. Radboud University will still consider EU/EEA applications until 1 July, but may not be able to offer assistance with an accommodation.

Applicants will receive an admissions decision approximately 3 to 4 weeks after they have completed their application in the online application system OSIRIS Application.

Enrolment deadlines

September intake:
  • 1 June – Non-EU/EEA applicants
  • 15 August – EU/EEA applicants

*EU/EEA countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (including the Dutch Caribbean), Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or the United Kingdom.

Career Prospects

The Master's specialization in Conflicts, Territories, and Identities provides graduates entry into rapidly growing sectors of the job market, be it government, business or academia. Graduates will be able to apply the scientific insights and practical skills acquired to topics as varied as (post)colonialism, geopolitics, failing states, (religious and national) identities, discrimination and integration, bordering and othering processes, natural resources, humanitarian aid, diplomacy, peace operations.

With expertise gained during this Master’s, a graduate can be employed in a wide range of jobs, both in and outside the Netherlands, for example:

  • A policymaker or program researcher for city municipalities focusing on conflict, borders, identities, integration and multicultural issues
  • Conflict expert and manager or field officer for ministries (like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the security sector (like Defence), international organizations (like the United Nations), and NGOs (like PAX).
  • A research or program officer for a development aid related organization
  • An academic researcher or at a university (PhD candidate) or research institute involved with borders, conflicts or terrorism
  • A journalist, communication officer or media specialist specialized in issues regarding war, conflict zones, and terrorism.
  • A geography teacher in secondary, tertiary or vocational education

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Last updated Feb 2020

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