Peace and Conflict Studies

University of Oslo

M.Phil. On Campus
24 months
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Do you wish to require knowledge and analytical skills in order to analyse the many different aspects of conflicts in the world today? Do you want to work with conflict prevention, policy-making, or go into the field of research on peace and conflicts? Then the Master in Peace and Conflict Studies at University of Oslo might be something for you.


Peace and conflict studies aim at answering a wide range of questions about the causes of conflicts and the conditions for peace. How has warfare changed over time? How does the distribution of power among states affect the likelihood of inter-state war? Are democratic states more peaceful than authoritarian states?

It is an interdisciplinary programme, which is an advantage because it provides you with skills and knowledge to study and analyse the multifaceted nature of peace and conflict.We offer studies of peace and conflict related issues through two study tracks, political science and history. You apply to one of them and follow this throughout the programme. The Master in Peace and Conflict Studies at University of Oslo has a strong focus on methods and analysis, and you will acquire theoretical and methodological tools that enable you to analyse the many complex aspects of peace and conflict.The small number of students allows for more attention to each and a close knit, collaborative environment.


  • You have detailed empirical knowledge of the history of war and peace in the 20th and 21st century and you understand its implications for war and peace in the present and the future
  • You have in-depth knowledge of key theories of causes of conflict and conditions for peace and can assess their explanatory powers
  • You have a solid understanding of basic issues pertaining to the purpose and practice of political science
  • You have deep knowledge of advanced methodological tools within your discipline and can assess their relevance for analyzing a specific research question

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International Negotiations/Conflict Resolution
  • Conflict and State Building
  • Methods and Theory in Modern International and Transnational History
  • War, Peace and the Nobel Prize

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Scan of non-Norwegian passport or ID card        
  • Documentation of English language proficiency        
  • Documentation of completed upper secondary education        
  • Final bachelor's degree diploma(s)/certificate(s)        
  • Transcript of records for your bachelor's degree        
  • Degree/ relevant courses to be completed - Only applicable for Nordic and EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway
  • Final degree diploma and transcript of records        
  • Documentation of financing (if applicable)        

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.


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Peace and Conflict Studies
University of Oslo


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