Programme structure

The Peace and Conflict Studies master is a full time program. Learning activities are organized according to the following plan for 120 credits in total.

Recommended study plan for students admitted the fall 2022 or later

4. semester PECOS4096 – Master's Thesis
3. semester

STV4030A - Digital Data in Political Science /  STV4030B - Qualitative Data in Political Science / STV4030C - Survey design for political scientists

STV4911 - Master's Thesis - Research Design and Project Management 
PECOS4096 – Master's Thesis                     
2. semester PECOS4111 – Conflict and Cooperation* Optional course                                                                   Optional course
1. semester PECOS4025 - Analytic perspectives on peace and conflict

PECOS4022 - Applied Statistics for Peace and Conflict Studies

PECOS4010 – Conflict and state building*
  10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits


* Core Courses

Mandatory courses

The following courses are mandatory: 

You have to choose one of the following courses: 

Core courses

In addition to the mandatory courses, you must choose two core courses. You must choose at least one of these two core courses: 

If you choose not to take both of these, you must also take one of the following core 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.


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.

Earlier programme options:

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