Learning outcomes

Conflict between groups and states is a recurrent worldwide phenomenon. Why do some of these conflicts turn violent, while others remain non-violent? The Master's Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies aims at answering this and a wide range of other questions about the causes of conflicts and the conditions for peace. Peace and Conflict Studies is a political science program that enables you to analyze the multifaceted nature of peace and conflict, past and present.


  • You have detailed empirical knowledge of the history of war and peace in the 20th and 21st century and you understand its implications for war and peace in the present and the future
  • You have in-depth knowledge of key theories of causes of conflict and conditions for peace and can assess their explanatory powers
  • You have a solid understanding of basic issues pertaining to the purpose and practice of political science
  • You have deep knowledge of advanced methodological tools within your discipline and can assess their relevance for analyzing a specific research question


  • You can acquire new information and knowledge in a rational, systematic, and critical manner
  • You can integrate knowledge from different sources and disciplines and use your knowledge in new issue areas
  • You can formulate precise research questions and develop an appropriate analytical design using, qualitative and/or quantitative methodological approaches
  • You can work independently and you have good oral and written formulation skills
  • You can report research findings in accordance with requirements of scientific accountability and honesty
  • You can conduct small and large research and assess projects in an independent and focused manner


  • You practice scientific values such as openness, rationality, precision, and transparency
  • You understand and can deal with ethical questions that may arise in the practice of research and in the use of research results
  • You can make an independent and qualified assessment of other people’s work, give constructive feedback, and receive and critically assess feedback on your own work
  • You can access and navigate large amounts of information and assess its scientific value and relevance for a specific task
Published June 6, 2012 10:00 AM - Last modified Oct. 21, 2019 2:42 PM