Master in Peace, Conflict and Security Studies. Blanquerna-Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP)


Program Description

This program provides students with theoretical frameworks and methodological tools to analyze and understand key issues concerning peace and conflicts. Students will acquire essential skills that will enable them to build up a career as practitioners or researchers in the areas of conflict analysis, arms control, international security, conflict prevention, peacemaking, and peacebuilding. The program explores cross-cutting conflict issues and core challenges to peace sustainability from different perspectives. Our academic School covers a wide range of topics, case studies, and geopolitical regions.

Furthermore, the program offers internships in institutions and organizations working on conflict prevention, arms control, peace research and education, disarmament, and security policies, among others. Students are required to complete a master’s final project, consisting either of a research dissertation or an applied project report linked to their internship program.

The Master has been designed in collaboration with the Institute for Economics and Peace and will be taught with the participation of IEP experts as well as professors from Blanquerna-Ramon Llull University and other leading institutions. The Institute for Economics and Peace is the world’s leading think tank dedicated to developing metrics to analyze peace and to quantify its economic value. It does this by developing global and national indexes, calculating the economic cost of violence, and analyzing country-level risk. The Institute has also developed leading research on the understanding of the concept and practice of sustainable peace.

Career opportunities

  • Working for governmental institutions (diplomatic corps and foreign affairs services, international organizations, peace missions).
  • Working for non-governmental organizations in the areas of peace research and education, conflict resolution, non-violence, the culture of peace, etc.
  • Working for think tanks, international media, and policy institutes.

Professional approach

  • Faculty with a wide professional experience in disarmament, conflict management, election assistance and monitoring, conflict resolution, post-conflict peacebuilding, and peace activism.
  • Close cooperation with specialized institutions and organizations.
  • Best professional practices.
  • Networking.

An excellent education

  • Professional specialization.
  • High demand in the labor market.
  • Professional orientation at the end of the Master’s degree.
  • Support from Blanquerna Alumni.

Degree Program

I. Introduction to Peace and Security Studies (12 ECTS)

  • Theories on Conflict, Violence, and Peace (2 ECTS)
  • Peace and Security (3 ECTS)
  • Positive Peace and Peace Culture (2 ECTS)
  • Economics, Development, and Conflict (3 ECTS)
  • War & Peace: Historical and Philosophical Foundations (2 ECTS)

II. Peacebuilding (12 ECTS)

  • Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Negotiation Skills (3 ECTS)
  • International Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Missions (2 ECTS)
  • Reconciliation, Transitional Justice and Sustainable Peace (3 ECTS)
  • Elections, Democracy and Peace (2 ECTS)
  • Gender Dimension in Conflict and Peacebuilding (2 ECTS)

III. Conflict and Peace Cross-cutting Issues (12 ECTS)

  • Disarmament and Arms Control (2 ECTS)
  • Peace and Non-Violence Education (2 ECTS)
  • Indigenous and Local Perspectives on War and Peace (2 ECTS)
  • Climate change and Conflicts (2 ECTS)
  • Regional Conflict Analysis (4 ECTS)

IV. Professional Internship (12 ECTS)

  • Professional Internship (12 ECTS)

V. Research Methodology (12 ECTS)

  • Research Methodology in Peace Studies and Conflict Analysis (2 ECTS)
  • Final Master Project (10 ECTS)


The aim of this Master’s course is to show the student, in a practical way, the principal professional routines of the specialty in a real working environment, with the objective that they will be able to apply the knowledge acquired during the course.

This immersion into the professional world is done through internships with businesses that collaborate with our Faculty. Internships will be tutored individually by professors of our Master’s course and evaluated in conjunction with professionals from the companies.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Blanquerna, as a plural university community, is inspired by the principles of the Christian humanism. It has the mission to provide an integral education in order to allow individuals to become compe ... Read More

Blanquerna, as a plural university community, is inspired by the principles of the Christian humanism. It has the mission to provide an integral education in order to allow individuals to become competent professionals, with a wide sense of ethics and compromised with social transformation. Read less