Conflict Resolution and Governance (MSc) at University of Amsterdam

University of Amsterdam
Masters (MSc)

1 year
Full time

Course description:

The Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Governance offers you education on the broad spectrum of conflict resolution theory, research and practice. The causes, characteristics, significance and consequences of conflicts are studied in relation to the dynamics of public governance. You will learn how to analyse conflicts, negotiate their resolution and link conflict research with its practice.

School Department:

Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) at University of Amsterdam

Entry Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree

Students with a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or in another closely related discipline (such as political science, international relations, law, economics, history and philosophy) are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements.

International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree.

• Social sciences and conflict resolution and/or governance

All applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of social sciences and conflict resolution and/or governance in particular, of at least (an equivalent of) 30 ECTS credits earned during previous study.

• Research methodology

Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology as demonstrated by the completion of (the equivalent of) at least 20 ECTS during previous study. Upon entry to the Master’s programme, students are expected to be able to:

– Make a solid research design
– Understand advantages and disadvantages of different research methods and a mixed methods approach
– Develop and carry out (simple) surveys
– Interpret the results of surveys
– Carry out statistical analysis, preferably with SPSS or similar software
– Conduct interviews
– Analyse the results of interview
– Possibly use historical research methods for the purpose of triangulation

• Grade average

Study results obtained in previous education should demonstrate that a student is able to attain and maintain a good to excellent standard, especially in the field of social sciences and conflict resolution and/or governance in particular. Undergraduate studies should be completed with an overall grade average of at least a B+/3.33 (American system); second class, upper division Honours degree (British system), C (ECTS system), 7.0 (Dutch system) or equivalent.

• English language proficiency

As the Master’s programme will be highly demanding and fully taught in English, a high level of English language proficiency is expected of all applicants. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and give presentations in English.

To ensure the quality of education and to safeguard students from failing their studies or slowing down class interactions, all non-native speakers need to demonstrate their proficiency in English before enrolment. All applicants who are nationals of countries other than: Australia, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, United States of America, and New Zealand are required to submit an English test score that meets specific requirements. Inability to do so will disqualify them from enrolment.

Applicants of the College of Social Sciences (CSW) of the University of Amsterdam who have successfully completed the English Refresher Course (CSW) or have obtained a sufficient level during the entrance test of the course, are exempted from submitting an English language test score.


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