Thinking peaceful change

Interdisciplinary approaches to conflict transformation, conflict resolution and sustainable peace in local, international and global contexts.

Master's Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research (PEACE) provides a multi- and interdisciplinary approach to peace and conflict research. Ranked as a Top 10 degree in conflict resolution and peacebuilding by the Peacekeeper in 2017, PEACE facilitates understanding the complex nature of wars and conflicts as well as their short- and long-term consequences.

The programme examines, for example, how violent conflicts, ethnic and religious discrimination and human rights violations produce forced displacement and how different actors can respond to these crisis situations

During their studies, students learn about the preconditions for conflict resolution and sustainable peace in local, international and global contexts. Special emphasis is placed on various tools and phases of conflict transformation - peacebuilding, mediation, reconciliation and dialogue.

The PEACE programme is hosted by Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI), which is internationally acknowledged for its high-quality research since its founding in 1969. Close contacts with the research community at TAPRI guarantees a high level of teaching and allows the students to have a dialogue with experts in the field.

Furthermore, the teaching draws from close contacts with practitioners in the fields of conflict resolution, civilian crisis management and mediation, giving students an excellent opportunity to engage with practitioners.

Information about studies

  • Type: Master's degree
  • Degree earned: Master of Social Sciences
  • Planned duration: 2 years
  • Extent of studies: 120 ECTS
  • City: Tampere
  • Campus: Central Campus
  • Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 10000 €

Study objectives

Upon completion of the Master's Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, the student:

  • Is able to assume active roles to recognise, analyse and resolve global challenges and to become a proactive contributor to a more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive and secure world.
  • Gains interdisciplinary understanding of the short- and long-term consequences of conflicts.
  • Learns to understand the preconditions for conflict transformation, conflict resolution and peace in local as well as in international and global contexts.
  • Learns to analyse the evolution of conflicts and conflict resolution and gains knowledge of peacebuilding, mediation and negotiation.

More about the language of instruction

The language of instruction is English.

Study contents

The programme offers an interdisciplinary approach to peace and conflicts, which derives from the high-quality and topical research carried out at the Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI). It also draws from close contacts with practitioners in the fields of conflict resolution, civilian crisis management and mediation. The aim of the programme is to facilitate the understanding of the complex nature of wars and conflicts as well as their short and long-term consequences. During the programme, students learn about the preconditions for conflict resolution and sustainable peace in local as well as in international and global contexts. Special emphasis is given to the various phases and means of peaceful conflict transformation and resolution, particularly to peacebuilding, mediation and dialogue. Hence the programme focuses not only on the study of conflicts but primarily on their transformation and resolution.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee of the programme is 10,000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.

Career opportunities

The programme prepares students for postgraduate studies, independent research work as well as for professional activities which include various tasks in the global society, ranging from interpersonal relationships to international conflict situations. There is a growing need for expertise in conflict resolution, mediation and crisis management in the service of governments, international organisations, NGOs and media. The need for expertise in these areas is constantly increasing.

Co-operation with other parties

In addition to studies in one’s own degree programme, students may take full advantage of the teaching offered by the Tampere higher education community ranging from technical to vocational studies in various fields.

Postgraduate study opportunities

The programme gives eligibility for postgraduate studies in humanities (history) and social sciences (international relations, peace and conflict research, social anthropology, and other social sciences).

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programmes consist of two parts: Tampere University's general eligibility criteria, and programme-specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both to be considered eligible. Applicants who do not meet both the general eligibility and the programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected as students at Tampere University.

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have

  1. Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree
    • Which corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study
    • From the relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to
    • From an accredited institution of higher education
  2. AND a good command of the English language for academic purposes.

A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.

Applicants in their final year of the Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply if the degree will be completed by 31 July 2020. In this case, they may be accepted conditionally.

Applicants with a Master’s degree may be admitted only well-founded reasons and only if they are able to show that the new degree at Tampere University provides the applicant with significant new knowledge and skills.

Programme specific eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply to the Master’s programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, an applicant must have a successfully completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Humanities, Social Sciences or in some other field/discipline appropriate for the content of the programme.

Language skill requirements

All applicants must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies.

The minimum English language test result requirements

Test name & Minimum test result

  • TOEFL iBT: 92 overall, with no section below 20
  • IELTS (academic): 6.5 overall, with no section below 5.5
  • PTE (academic): 62 overall, with no section below 42
  • C1 Advanced: C
  • C2 Proficiency: C1
  • Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency (English): Proficiency level 5

*The previous CAE and CPE have been renamed as C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency.

Previous studies

It is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed particular studies listed by Tampere University. Only these studies are accepted. If you apply without a valid language test result, carefully examine the exemptions.

Intake

A maximum of 18 students is admitted to the Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research programme.

Admission procedure

Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who submit a complete application (application and application documents by the deadline) and fulfil the official eligibility criteria.

The student selection is made by an admissions committee based on the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements can be admitted.

Students admitted to a Master’s degree programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies.

How to apply

Application step-by-step checklist
  1. Check the general eligibility and programme-specific eligibility criteria of the programme/s you wish to apply. You are allowed to apply three programmes at the same time.
  2. Read through the instructions on how to apply and start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
  3. Take a language test if required, please see the language requirements.
  4. When the application period opens, fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period and upload required enclosures for the application. Application period 4 December 2019 at 8:00 GMT+2 - 15 January 2020 at 15.00 GMT+2.
  5. Upload all required enclosures and send the educational documents by post, according to the country specific-requirements if applicable. Documents must reach Tampere University Admissions Office by 31 January 2020 at 15.00 GMT+2. The documents must reach the University by the given deadline.
  6. Wait for the admission results to be announced in early April 2020.
  7. If you are offered a study place, remember to accept it by the given deadline.
  8. Pay the tuition fee, if required. Start preparing your arrival in Finland.
  9. Register as a student and join the Tampere University community!
Online application form

The online application form will be available during the application period only at Studyinfo.fi. The application period starts on 4 December 2019 at 8 am (GMT+2) and ends on 15 January 2020 at 3 pm (GMT+2).

Enclosures

You will need to upload copies of all required documents as enclosures on the application form. In addition to the general application enclosures, some programmes have listed additional programme-specific enclosures that are needed when applying to these programmes.

You will need to upload all required enclosures on your application form online at Studyinfo.fi. In addition to uploading, you must submit officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post. Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation and documents from these countries must be submitted in a particular way. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to the regular requirements.

Applicants must post the educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office so that they arrive by 31 January 2020.

There are no programme-specific enclosures when applying to this programme.

Admission results and appeals

Admissions results will be announced in early April 2020. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)
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