Programme structure

Recommended study plan for students admitted the fall 2019 or later

4. semester PECOS4096 – Master's Thesis
3. semester PECOS4081 – Design Seminar PECOS4096 – Master's Thesis MITRA4421 – War, Peace and the Nobel Peace Prize*
2. semester Optional course Optional course PECOS4110 – International Negotiations/Conflict Resolution
1. semester PECOS4021 – Research Methods PECOS4010 – Conflict and state building PECOS4022 – Applied Statistics for Peace and Conflict Studies
  10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits

10 ECTS credits

*Replacing HIS4421 from fall 2017

Mandatory courses

You must be assigned a supervisor before you can take either PECOS4081 – Design Seminar or PECOS4096 – Master's Thesis. The fourth semester is devoted to your work with your master’s thesis.

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.


The individual supervision of your master's thesis spans two semesters, and two semesters only. 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 Nov. 23, 2018 11:16 AM - Last modified Aug. 12, 2019 8:29 AM