Master's Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research

General

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Program Description

Thinking peaceful change

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

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.

PEACE 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.

Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research 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.

Master’s Programme in Global Society focuses on the contemporary issues and problems of governance, conflicts and policy in the globalizing world/society. The programme consists of the following academically independent specialisations with distinct study profiles:

  • Comparative Social Policy and Welfare
  • Gender Studies
  • Global and Transnational Sociology
  • Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research
  • Public Choice

Please note: The name of the programme "Global Society" may be changed before the next application period. The information will be updated in this web page in October 2020. 

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: City Centre Campus
  • Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 10000 €

Study objectives

Upon completion of Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, Master's Programme in Global Society, 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 an 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

Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research offers an interdisciplinary approach to peace and conflicts, which derives from the high-quality and topical research carried out at 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 studies in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research is to facilitate the understanding of the complex nature of wars and conflicts as well as their short and long-term consequences.

During their studies, 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 advanced studies in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research focus not only on the study of conflicts but primarily on their transformation and resolution.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee of the programme is 10000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.

Structure of studies

Studies in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, Master’s Programme in Global Society consist of the following elements:

  • Advanced Studies in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research (90 ECTS) form the core of the degree. They enable the students to acquire in-depth theoretical, methodological and conceptual knowledge in Peace and Conflict Research. The studies include a Master’s thesis (40 ECTS) which is an individual research project that enables the student to demonstrate his/her in-depth knowledge in an area relevant to the content of this specialization.
  • General Studies (10 ECTS) focus on general orientation to studies, language studies and academic writing skills.
  • Studies on Global Society (20 ECTS) include research methods and thematic courses within the Master’s Programme in Global Society.

Career opportunities

Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research 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.

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 degree gives eligibility for postgraduate studies in humanities (history) and social sciences (international relations, peace and conflict research, social anthropology, and other social sciences). At Tampere University, students can continue, for example, to doctoral studies in the Doctoral Programme in 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 in Tampere University.

General eligibility

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

  • 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 a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to
    • from a recognised institution of higher education
    • The 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.
  • AND a good command of the English language for academic purposes.

Applicants in their final year of the Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply if the degree will be completed by 31 July 2021. In this case, they would be accepted conditionally. Please see special instructions for applicants in the final year of the Bachelor's degree.

Admission to studies leading directly to a master's degree will be based on the applicant’s bachelor's degree conferred by a university or a university of applied sciences. Depending on programme-specific admission requirements, the programme may take into account skills previously acquired by applicants when considering applications.

A previously completed master’s degree will not make applicants ineligible for admission. However, applicants who are applying for admission to pursue a second master’s degree will only be admitted for particularly weighty reasons.

Programme specific eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply to the Master's programme in Global Society - specialisation 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 this specialisation.

Language skill requirements

When applying to a Master’s programme at Tampere University, you must submit evidence of your good command of the English language for academic purposes. You have two options of demonstrating your English language proficiency: language tests or previous studies.

In both cases, you must submit a document as proof of language skills.

English language tests and the minimum result requirements:

Test name Minimum test result for Bachelor's programmes at Tampere University
TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition 92 overall with no section below 20
IELTS (academic) /IELTS Indicator 6.5 overall with no section below 5.5 
PTE (academic) 62 overall with no section in Communicative Skills 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 that demonstrate your good command of English for academic purposes. Only studies that fulfil the criteria will be accepted so if you apply without a valid language test result, carefully examine the exemptions listed by Tampere University and how to submit documents.

Intake

20 students are admitted into the Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research specialisation.

Admission procedure

Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who submit a complete application (application and sufficient 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. The complementary studies will be decided at the faculty case by case (maximum 60 ECTS credits). 

Scoring

The number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted. The student selection is made by an admissions committee based on the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents.

In the selection process, the following judgmental requirements are evaluated as a composite:

  • High enough academic performance in Bachelor degree studies.
  • The applicants must show strong motivation to study the key topics of the programme and interest to work in an interdisciplinary area.
  • Having completed the MOOC course “Introduction to Sustainable Digital Life” will be considered as an advantage. The course opens 15th October 2020 and the applicant must complete the MOOC course by latest 28th February 2021 (23:59 p.m. GMT+2). All assignments must be submitted by this date to be considered. It is not possible to submit any documents after the deadline as the course closes on this day.

How to apply

Admissions step-by-step

  1. Check the general eligibility and programme-specific eligibility criteria of the programme/s you wish to apply. You are allowed to apply to 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 the required enclosures to the application. The application period is 9 December 2020 at 8.00 GMT+2 - 13 January 2021 at 15.00 GMT+2.
  5. Upload all required enclosures and send the educational documents by post to Tampere University Admissions Office within two weeks, by 27 January 2021 at 15.00 GMT+2. The documents must reach the University by the given deadline and they must be delivered according to the country-specific requirements, if applicable.
  6. Remember to apply for a scholarship, if applicable.
  7. Wait for the admission results to be announced at the end of March 2021.
  8. If you are offered a study place, remember to accept it by the given deadline. Pay the tuition fee if required.
  9. Start preparing for your arrival in Finland well in advance.
  10. Register as a student and join the Tampere University community when the studies start in August 2021!

Online application form

The online application form will be available only during the application period only at Studyinfo.fi. The application period starts on 9 December 2020 at 8 am (GMT+2) and ends on 13 January 2021 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 27 January 2021 at 15.00 GMT+2. You can find the list of the required general application enclosures and further instructions on the Application documents webpage.

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

However, there are programme-specific questions on the application form and you will be asked to provide:

  • Contact information for two academic/professional persons who can provide recommendations for you. Please give the name, organisation, position and contact information including an e-mail address that if needed, we may contact them.
  • Skype contact information. Please note that only a selection of applicants may be interviewed.

Admission results and appeals

Admissions results will be announced at the end of March 2021. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.

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Last updated Sep 2020

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