Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, Master | Åbo Akademi University | Vaasa, Finland
24 months
10000 EUR/year
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The Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research programme of Åbo Akademi University aims to prepare its students for professional activity in both interpersonal and international conflict situations.

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Students of the Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research programme of Åbo Akademi University  will gain a deeper understanding of the role that human behaviour plays in altering civilization and how peace, mediation and conflict resolution are essential to the growth of society and the creation of a better quality of life for its inhabitants.

Taking a largely psychological and anthropological approach, students of this programme can look forward to engaging with far-reaching and highly relevant topics such as the escalation of war and its effect on cultural and social dynamics. The programme aims to help students understand the mechanisms behind conflict and encompasses the teaching of mediation, negotiation, and peacebuilding from an objective and balanced perspective. Other areas of focus include subjects such as the evolution and escalation of aggression – the interdisciplinary nature of which provides a solid platform for students to base further independent research.

Skills learned throughout the duration of this two-year programme (which is based at the Vasa campus of Åbo Akademi University), are highly significant and purposeful within today’s society. The studies not only encourage students to garner new perspectives on human interaction and relationships, but also, teach students how to facilitate the improvement of these relationships on a scale of their choosing. Successful completion of this programme will result in students being awarded with a Master of Social Science degree.

Career Prospects:

Graduates who have chosen to start working right after graduation have also had a great deal of success, with many now enjoying challenging careers in areas such as teaching, policy making and advocacy work within the public sector and private organisations. Other areas that students have thrived in include: grassroots organisations, NGOs, intergovernmental organisations and even the establishment of their own organisations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The power of nonviolence
  • Humanism and Peace Work
  • Psychology of evil
  • Torture and its treatment
  • Nonkilling
  • Test Construction

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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Other requirements

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).
  •  Successful students are selected to the programme from those applicants who fulfil the formal admission criteria. Relevance of former studies studies and the success in these, as well as the applicant’s motivation are carefully considered.
  • Applicants are advised to explain their reasons for applying to this programme specifically (motivation letter in the online application). Work experience relevant to the programme or other relevant merits and qualifications may be taken into account.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10000 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 10000 EUR per year during 24 months.
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    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Vaasa

680 - 990 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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