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Conflict Studies and Human Rights

Utrecht University

12 months
17500 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Conflict Studies and Human Rights programme at Utrecht University  is a selective, international graduate programme combining the study of theory with in-depth case study analysis. Our graduates work with international organisations, NGOs, think tanks, and universities all over the world.


How did the Taliban take control of Afghanistan so swiftly? Is climate change causing more armed conflicts? Will cities become the war zones of the future? How is the term ‘human rights’ used and abused in times of violent conflict? What role did social media play in the rise and subsequent collapse of the Arab Spring? How do non-state armed groups, such as insurgents and gangs, try to govern or control territories and people? What are the ethical and political issues associated with the use of drones in zones of conflict - and what impact does this have on the subjects of surveillance?

These are just some of the pressing questions arising from the complex interconnectedness of today’s world that are addressed in the MA programme Conflict Studies and Human Rights. The programme focuses on both the dynamics of violent conflicts and the problems associated with national and international military or humanitarian intervention by agencies such as the UN, NATO, or non-governmental organisations.


Since the end of the Cold War there has been a growing demand for experts on violent conflict. The Master’s  Conflict Studies and Human Rights programme at Utrecht University  offers good preparation for careers in any sector involving conflict analysis, including the public sector, business, non-governmental and international organisations.

A growing number of specialised agencies are addressing issues of conflict management and resolution, rehabilitation, human rights and security, both from an analytical perspective and through field operations. These agencies offer a variety of specialised employment opportunities.

The use of English as the working language of the programme will be an advantage for students who will later pursue a career in an international setting. Ministries, NGOs, businesses, and municipalities are increasingly recruiting students with a degree in Conflict Studies.


Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Conflict, Policies And Politics
  • In-depth Case-study Analysis
  • Theories Of Violent Conflict
  • Literature Review & Research Proposal
  • Preparing Social Research
  • The Conflict-human Rights Nexus

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

This is a selective Master's. We ideally seek candidates who have analytical and empirical research skills, particularly in the social sciences. You will be considered for admission to the Master’s programme in Conflict Studies and Human Rights if you can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills:

  • A relevant Bachelor’s degree in the humanities, law, and/or one of the social sciences.
  • Knowledge of Conflict Studies and Human Rights, to be demonstrated by at least 30 EC in coursework. In your motivation letter, explain to us in a detailed and compelling way why you believe that the coursework you have completed is relevant for your application into our programme.
  • The ability to present a feasible and relevant preliminary research idea for your Master’s thesis.
  • Excellent scholarly abilities, demonstrated by an academic track record of high grades.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17500 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1450 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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