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Master's Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #541 (QS) ,
The Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research programme at Åbo Akademi University provides interdisciplinary, in particular psychological and anthropological approaches, to the understanding of human aggression, peace, mediation, and conflict resolution. It aims at exploring mechanisms behind conflicts and wars in interpersonal as well as group and international contexts.


The Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research programme at Åbo Akademi University  encompasses teaching of the evolution of aggression, escalation of conflicts and wars, as well as mediation, negotiation, and peacebuilding. The consequences of wars on society, and especially on children and women, are studied.

The aim of the programme is to prepare students for professional activity in both interpersonal and international conflict situations, and also for postgraduate studies and independent research work. After graduation, it is possible to apply for doctoral studies at the department.

The programme is organised in cooperation with the University of Tampere. Åbo Akademi University PEACE students may take a limited number of courses offered by the Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research Programme at the University of Tampere. Once accepted, students may take some courses within the Master's Programme at the cooperating university (up to 20 credits).

Programme Structure

Module I: Compulsory courses I (20 ects)PEACE1 Contemporary peace and conflict studies (5 ects)PEACE2 Contemporary peace and conflict studies (5 ects)Research methods (5 ects)Scientific writing (5 ects)

Module II: Compulsory courses II (20 ects)The power of nonviolence (5 ects)Nonkilling (5 ects)Psychology of evil (5 ects)Torture and its treatment (5 ects)

Module III & IV: Selective topical courses (á 5ects each)E.g. Conflict resolution in a cross-cultural perspective; Empowerment of women; Conflict studies: Theory and models; Peace education; The role of the UN in peacebuilding; Inner peace, Human aggressive behaviour; Domestic violence: War in the homes; Civil Resistance; Gender, Media, and Society; Psychology of Religion, Peace, and Violence; Refugee Psychology.

Master ?s Thesis (40 ects)Thesis seminars (10 ects)Master ?s Thesis (30 ects)

Detailed Programme Facts

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    Application period: 3 December (8:00 am Helsinki time) to 31 January (3:00pm Helsinki time).

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

A three-year Bachelor, Master or equivalent diploma in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Behavioral Sciences (e.g. Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, History, Anthropology, Psychology, Education or Administrative Sciences). 

Language requirements

Applicants prove their level of language proficiency in English by submitting one of the following English-language test scores to their application:

  • IELTS Academic
  • TOEFL 
  • PTE Academic

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    10000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

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Living costs for Vaasa

  • 680 - 990 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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ÅAU's scholarship programme is aimed for tuition fee paying students and connected to the study entitlement.

We have 3 scholarship categories:

  • Full Scholarship, covering the tuition fee and includes a annual scholarship to cover the student’s living expenses (6 720 €), awarded for 2 years
  • Tuition Fee Scholarship, covering 100 % of the tuition fee, awarded for 2 years
  • Tuition Fee Scholarship, covering 50 % of the tuition fee, awarded for 2 years 

Second year is conditional. 

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