The PECOS Programme Council meeting May 23rd 2018


Elisabeth Bakke, Anne Julie Semb, Siri Marie Aamodt, Torunn Lise Tryggestad, Emil Andreas Fæste Klashaugen, Leonor Toscano and Siv Håberg

Not present: Sunniva Engh and Hanne Hagtvedt Vik


Item 1/18 – Resolution for new programme structure

The Faculty of Social Sciences has decided that The Master's Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies will continue as a political science program. Elisabeth presented the changes in the programme structure from 2019/2020. For students admitted in 2019, the programme will consist of mandatory courses worth 55 ECTS credits, optional courses worth 20 ECTS credits, and a master’s thesis worth 45 ECTS credits (see attachment for details).

Resolution: The Programme Council approved the new programme structure.


Item 2/18 – Joint seminar with students from Uppsala, autumn 2018

As a follow-up on a joint seminar with students from Uppsala University in 2016, when PECOS students went to Sweden, a new joint seminar is planned in Oslo for the autumn semester. The date is set to 16-18 November. The seminar was discussed at a meeting in May at Voksenåsen, Centre for Swedish-Norwegian Cooperation, with participation from PECOS (Elisabeth Bakke and Falk Eidsvold Tøien), the Swedish embassy, Uppsala University, PRIO, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, (NOREF Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution), and Voksenåsen.  Elisabeth informed about preliminary plans for the joint seminar, which will be held partly at Voksenåsen, and financed by Voksenåsen and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Item 3/18 – Proposed meeting dates

Meetings in the next semester (autumn 2018):

  • September 13th, 12.15-14 pm.
  • November 15th, 12.15-14 pm.


Any other business 4/18

The students asked for better information on internship. They would like to have an information meeting where they can talk to former students who have been on internship and where we focus on what organizations that can be used and not. The Programme Council opened for allowing students to have an internship in research institutions as long as the practical work experience is not research related. We will update our webpage regarding this, and create individual contracts where the work tasks are listed.

The students believed that the information meeting regarding applying for a supervisor came too late, and next year it will take place at the end of May.


Attachment: Item 1/18 – Resolution for new programme structure:

Programme structure

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


  • Mandatory courses: 55 ECTS credits
  • Optional courses: 20 ECTS credits
  • Master’s thesis: 45 ECTS credits

Mandatory courses

Optional courses

Peace and conflict studies

Political Science

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.


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




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