Master of Science in Conflict Resolution and Governance

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

Master of Science 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 analyse 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 programme provides you with a foundation in theory and research that helps you analyse 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 programme 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 programme is rigorous and intensive. You are expected to develop your capacity to work independently and in groups. Students come to the programme 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.

Competencies

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 programme 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 programme faculty.

Ambition in research?

For students interested in this field of study, we also offer a two-year Research Master’s programme in Social Sciences.

Degree certificate

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

Career prospects

An education in the social sciences will impart a broad range of skills that easily translate into a multitude of careers.

Specific career examples from alumni of the Conflict Resolution and Governance programme are:

  • Development expert in the Fragile States
  • Business Development Manager at Cordaid Urban Matters
  • Lecturer, tutor and thesis supervisor at UvA’s College of Social Sciences
  • Assistant at Stichting Bescherming Burgerrechten, a civil rights organisation

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 19, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
12 months
Full time
Price
Price
2,060 EUR
The tuition fees for the academic year 2018-2019 are: EU/EEA students €2,060 per year; non-EU/EEA students €14,740 per year. Additional fees may apply.
Information
Deadline
Feb. 12, 2019
Apply for DigiD (Dutchstudents only): recommended before Tuesday 12 February 2019 Registration in Studielink: Tuesday 26 February 2019 17:00 hrs (CET) Application in MyInfo: Friday 1 March 2019 17:00 hrs (CET)
Locations
Netherlands - Amsterdam, North Holland
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Feb. 12, 2019
Apply for DigiD (Dutchstudents only): recommended before Tuesday 12 February 2019 Registration in Studielink: Tuesday 26 February 2019 17:00 hrs (CET) Application in MyInfo: Friday 1 March 2019 17:00 hrs (CET)
End date Request Info
Dates
Sept. 2019
Netherlands - Amsterdam, North Holland
Application deadline Feb. 12, 2019
Apply for DigiD (Dutchstudents only): recommended before Tuesday 12 February 2019 Registration in Studielink: Tuesday 26 February 2019 17:00 hrs (CET) Application in MyInfo: Friday 1 March 2019 17:00 hrs (CET)
End date Request Info