Peace, Mediation and Conflict ResearchTampere University
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Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research
Master's Degree program in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research (PEACE) provides a multi- and interdisciplinary approach to peace and conflict research. Ranked as a Top 10 degree in conflict resolution and peacebuilding by the Peacekeeper in 2017, PEACE facilitates understanding the complex nature of wars and conflicts as well as their short- and long-term consequences.
The program examines, for example, how violent conflicts, ethnic and religious discrimination and human rights violations produce forced displacement and how different actors can respond to these crisis situations
During their studies, students learn about the preconditions for conflict resolution and sustainable peace in local, international and global contexts. Special emphasis is placed on various tools and phases of conflict transformation - peacebuilding, mediation, reconciliation and dialogue.
The PEACE program is hosted by Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI), which is internationally acknowledged for its high quality research since its founding in 1969. Close contacts with the research community at TAPRI guarantees the high level of teaching and allows the students to have a dialogue with experts in the field.
Furthermore, the teaching draws from close contacts with practitioners in the fields of conflict resolution, civilian crisis management and mediation, giving students an excellent opportunity to engage with practitioners.
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To be eligible to apply to a master’s program at Tampere University, you must have:
- Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree
- an applicable bachelor’s degree at a university or a university of applied sciences in Finland
- a bachelor's degree completed in a university outside Finland which provides eligibility for equivalent University master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.
- with a minimum scope of 180 ECTS credits, three to four years of full-time study
- from a relevant field for the master’s degree program that you’re applying to
- from a recognised institution of higher education
Program-specific eligibility criteria
To be eligible to apply to the Master's program in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, an applicant must have a successfully completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Humanities, Social Sciences or in some other field/discipline appropriate for the content of the program.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research offers an interdisciplinary approach to peace and conflicts, which derives from the high-quality and topical research carried out at Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI). It also draws from close contacts with practitioners in the fields of conflict resolution, civilian crisis management and mediation. The aim of the studies in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research is to facilitate the understanding of the complex nature of wars and conflicts as well as their short and long-term consequences. During their studies, students learn about the preconditions for conflict resolution and sustainable peace in local as well as in international and global contexts. Special emphasis is given to the various phases and means of peaceful conflict transformation and resolution, particularly to peacebuilding, mediation and dialogue. Hence the advanced studies in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research focus not only on the study of conflicts, but primarily on their transformation and resolution.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 10000 € per academic year.
You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:
- an EU/EEA citizen
- equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
- already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.
Master of Social Sciences
Extent of studies
Upon completion of the Master's Degree program in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, the student:
- is able to assume active roles to recognise, analyse and resolve global challenges and to become a proactive contributor to a more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive and secure world.
- gains interdisciplinary understanding of the short- and long-term consequences of conflicts.
- learns to understand the preconditions for conflict transformation, conflict resolution and peace in local as well as in international and global contexts.
- learns to analyse the evolution of conflicts and conflict resolution and gains knowledge of peacebuilding, mediation and negotiation.
Postgraduate study opportunities
The program gives eligibility for postgraduate studies in humanities (history) and social sciences (international relations, peace and conflict research, social anthropology, and other social sciences).
Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research prepares students for postgraduate studies, independent research work as well as for professional activities which include various tasks in the global society, ranging from interpersonal relationships to international conflict situations. There is a growing need for expertise in conflict resolution, mediation and crisis management in the service of governments, international organisations, NGOs and media.
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Tampere University is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. Almost all internationally recognised fields of study are represented at our university. Tampere University is a merger of the former University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology. University...
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