Programme structure

The Master's Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies spans four semesters, and offers studies of peace and conflict related issues through two study tracks, political science and history.

Common structure

Common mandatory courses: 40 ECTS credits
• Mandatory track courses (history or political science): 30 ECTS credits
Optional courses: 20 ECTS credits
• Master’s thesis: 30 ECTS credits

Students must take the compulsory courses and write a master's thesis in the track they are admitted to (history or political science). It is not possible to switch track during the studies.

Common mandatory courses

Optional courses

Peace and conflict studies

Political Science

History

Admission to external courses

It is possible to take the optional courses at other Departments/Faculties at UiO or other Universities/University colleges in Norway.

History track

Recommended study plan for the history track

4. semester PECOS4095 - Master's Thesis - History track Master's thesis PECOS4041 - Thesis seminar 2, history track
3. semester HIS4031 - Project seminar, master thesis Optional course PECOS4095 - Master's Thesis - History track Master's thesis
2. semester PECOS4110 - International Negotiations/Conflict Resolution MITRA4010 - Methods and Theory in Modern International and Transnational History** Optional course
1. semester PECOS4010 - Conflict and state building PECOS4021 - Research Methods MITRA4421 - War, Peace and the Nobel Peace Prize*
  10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits

10 ECTS credits

*Replacing HIS4421 from fall 2017

**Replacing HIS4011 from spring 2018

The history track is administrated by the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History (IAKH).

Mandatory courses for the history track

You must be assigned a supervisor before you can take either HIS4031 - Project seminar, master thesis  or PECOS4031 - Thesis seminar 1, history track . The fourth semester is devoted to your work with your master’s thesis.

Supervision

The individual supervision of your master's thesis spans two semesters, and two semester only and consists of PECOS4031 - Thesis seminar 1, history track  and PECOS4041 - Thesis seminar 2, history track. You and your supervisor will normally meet approximately ten times during the course of these two semesters.

Political science track

Recommended study plan for the political science track

4. semester PECOS4094 - Master's Thesis PECOS4093 - Thesis seminar 2 - Political science track
3. semester PECOS4080 - Design seminar - Political science track Optional course PECOS4094 - Master's Thesis PECOS4092 - Thesis seminar 1 - Political science track
2. semester PECOS4110 - International Negotiations/Conflict Resolution PECOS4022 - Applied Statistics for Peace and Conflict Studies Optional course
1. semester PECOS4010 - Conflict and state building PECOS4021 - Research Methods MITRA4421 - War, Peace and the Nobel Peace Prize*
  10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits

10 ECTS credits

*Replacing HIS4421 from fall 2017

The political science track is administrated by the Department of Political Science (ISV).

Mandatory courses for the political science track

You must be assigned a supervisor before you can take either PECOS4080 - Design seminar - Political science track or PECOS4092 - Thesis seminar 1 - Political science track. The fourth semester is devoted to your work with your master’s thesis including the thesis seminar.

Supervision

The individual supervision of your master's thesis spans two semesters, and two semester only and consists of PECOS4092 - Thesis seminar 1 - Political science track and PECOS4093 - Thesis seminar 2 - Political science track. You and your supervisor will normally meet approximately ten times during the course of these two semesters.

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching methods at the programme are based on lectures, seminars and workshops.

Forms of examination and assessments

Examination forms at the programme are mainly written, invigilated exams and term paper assignments. The evaluation of the thesis is based on an assessment of the written thesis as well as an oral examination, during which the students will have the opportunity to defend the thesis.

Diploma and degree

This programme leads to the following degree: Master of Philosophy in Peace and Conflict Studies
Published June 6, 2012 10:00 AM - Last modified Sep. 11, 2017 11:37 AM