Course content

The Peace and Conflict Studies (PECOS) master’s program offers an opportunity for students to acquire practical work experience in peace- and conflict-related projects in relevant institutions. Please note that if the students choose a research institution, the students are not permitted to perform research assistance for a specific research project. The work may involve, for example:

  • Collecting information.
  • Analysing and/or presenting existing information.
  • Preparing meetings.
  • Planning large events.

The scope of the work must be equivalent to six weeks’ full-time study. The students shall receive no remuneration for the work. Your work at the institution may, but does not have to be linked to your work on the master’s thesis. Please note that each student is only granted one internship.

Learning outcome

An internship gives you practical work experience in basic peace- and conflict-related projects and an enhanced understanding of how your largely theoretical competence acquired in your studies can be put to practical use.


The course is restricted to students that are enrolled in the Peace and Conflict Studies programme.

PECOS has limited administrative capacity to initiate contact between interested students and relevant institutions. Students are therefore strongly advised themselves to explore internship options at relevant institutions. A contract between PECOS, the relevant institution and the individual student specifying each party’s rights and obligations during the internship is required. The student is responsible for ensuring that the contract is signed by all parts before he can start the internship.

The following administrative procedures apply to internships:

1. The contact person at the relevant institution contacts the PECOS coordinator to express interest in drawing up an internship contract with PECOS and named student, specifying the tasks for which the intern would be employed.

2. Two contracts are developed: One framework agreement between internship institution and PECOS and one agreement between internship institution and student. In the latter agreement, details about the nature of the work, the time period and other relevant matters are specified. While PECOS is not a direct party to the latter contract, we need a copy even of this contract for our files.

3. To acquire student credits, the student must prepare a report, as detailed below under “Exam information”. The student must register for the course PECOS4006 in Studentweb.


Recommended previous knowledge

PECOS4010 – Conflict and state building and PECOS4021 – Research Methods


The internship takes place throughout the semester. The internship may replace a 10-credit optional course in the recommended study plan.



In order to pass the course you must submit a 10-12 page report. The length of the report may be extended to a maximum of 15 pages in special cases. The report must be submitted in Canvas by August 1 st (Spring term) and January 1 st (Autumn term).

The report shall comprise two parts.

  1. The first part shall contain a detailed description of the work tasks you performed during your internship.
  2. In the second part you shall discuss whether some of the theories and perspectives of which you acquired knowledge during the rest of the program proved to be of practical use to you in your work, and how. The second part of the report shall contain arguments and conclusions.

The two parts need not be equal in length.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Spring and autumn


Spring and autumn

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