MDP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research

Thinking peaceful change - interdisciplinary approaches to conflict transformation, conflict resolution and sustainable peace in local as well as in international and global contexts.

Programme profile and research at UTA

Finland University
Degree: Master of Social Sciences
Duration: 2 years
Extent: 120 ECTS
When to apply: 1.12.2016 – 13.1.2017
Start date: August 2017
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 10 000 € / year
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The Master’s Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research (PEACE) provides a multi- and intradisciplinary approach to peace and conflict research. The PEACE programme facilitates the understanding of complex nature of wars and conflicts as well as their short and long term consequences. The programme focuses not only on the study of conflict but primarily on its transformation and on the conditions for peaceful change. In the programme examines, for example, how violent conflicts, ethnic and religious discrimination and human rights violations produce forced displacement, and how different actors can respond to these crisis situations. Furthermore, the programme deals also with the role of the environment and natural resources in conflict and peacebuilding.

Students learn about the preconditions for conflict resolution and sustainable peace in local as well as in international and global contexts. Special emphasis is given to various tools and phases of conflict transformation -- peacebuilding, mediation, reconciliation and dialogue. More than just the study of conflict dynamics, the emphasis of the programme lies on the transformation of violent conflicts to achieve sustainable peace. Along with the Nordic tradition of peace research, the programme aims to take a holistic as well as a normative approach.

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Why MDP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research?

The Peace -programme is hosted by the Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI), which is internationally acknowledged for its high quality research since its founding in 1969. The curriculum and teaching of the programme is directly linked with the research conducted in TAPRI. The institute and the programme are specialized in peacebuilding and peace mediation, identity politics and nationalism, history, international relations and security, human mobility, gender, and the role of the environment in conflict.

This close contact with the research community of the Institute not only guarantees the high level of teaching but also allows the students to have supervision and dialog with the experts of the field and, perhaps, to consider a research career for themselves.

Furthermore, visiting guest speakers regularly bring perspectives from the professional world of peacebuilding and mediation, giving students an excellent opportunity to engage with practitioners.

Study objectives

After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research you will have:

  • gained interdisciplinary understanding of short and long term consequences of conflicts
  • learned to understand the preconditions for conflict transformation, conflict resolution and peace in local as well as in international and global contexts
  • learned to analyze the evolution of the conflicts and conflict resolution and gain knowledge of peacebuilding, mediation and negotiation.

Career opportunities

The programme prepares students for both doctoral studies as well as for professional activity in various tasks in society, ranging from interpersonal relationships to international conflict situations. For instance, graduates could proceed to have careers as researchers, analysts, consultants or political advisors in government agencies, international organizations, research institutes or NGOs.

It is also possible for students to continue to do a PhD with TAPRI after their Master’s degree.

Doctoral study opportunities

The programme gives eligibility for post-gradaute studies in humanities (history) and social sciences (International Relations, Peace and Conflict Research, Social Anthropology, other social sciences). Students can continue to Doctoral studies within TAPRI, in the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences.

Applying for the programme

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria to the Master's degree programmes consist of two parts: the University of Tampere general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. Applicants must meet both in order to be considered eligible.

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply to the Master’s Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, an applicant must have,

  • a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired programme or in a closely related subject AND
  •  fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. For requirements, please see "Language requirements" below.

Programme specific eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply to the MDP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, an applicant must have a successfully completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Humanities, Social Sciences or in some other  field/discipline appropriate for the content of the MDP.

The Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed by the time the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, an applicant can be accepted to the programme on the condition that s/he sends the degree certificate to the University by 31 July 2017. Attested copy of the degree certificate must reach the University by the deadline. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later an official letter of acceptance once the degree certificate has reached the University.

Language requirements


Applicants must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies.

1. Language tests

We accept the following tests as a proof of a good command of English:

  • TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language; 90/Internet-based, 575/paper-based
    • Note: scores from "TOEFL ITP/institutional testing programme" are not accepted.
  • IELTS (Academic), International English Language Testing System; 6.5 with no individual score below 5.5
  • PTE (Academic), Pearson’s Test of Academic English; 62

Please note that the language test score must be valid throughout the application period. This means that if the language test expires even one day before the application deadline, the applicant must take a new language test. Language test results are valid for two years.

We advise all 2017 applicants needing an international language test score to book for a test date well in advance, as test dates are filling up fast in the autumn and it may take several weeks for the test result to reach University Admissions Finland.

For information on how to submit a language test result, please see http://www.uta.fi/admissions/language-requirements

2. Previous studies

If you fulfil one of the criteria below, you are exempt from submitting a language test score.

  • A Bachelor's degree completed in English in a university or university of applied sciences in an EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United States, excluding online degrees. The applicant needs to have stayed in the respective country when studying for the Bachelor's degree.
  • A Bachelor’s degree completed in a Finnish university in Finnish or Swedish. The compulsory foreign language course included in the degree must be completed in the English language.
  • Secondary education in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States.

Please note that in addition to assessing your previous studies in terms of eligibility, we assess them also to determine the level of your English skills based on the grades. If you feel your grades do not give the right impression of your English skills, we strongly recommend you to take a language test to indicate your proficiency.

For information on the documents you need to submit to indicate your language skills with previous studies, please see http://www.uta.fi/admissions/application-documents.

Admission

Application period

Master's programme application period, 1.12.2016–13.1.2017

Start date

21.8.2017

Duration

2 years

Teaching language

English

Intake

A maximum of 15 students are admitted into the programme.

Tuition fee

The tuition fee of the programme is 10 000 euros per academic year (non-EU/EEA students) with a scholarship-system for fee-paying students: http://www.uta.fi/admissions/fees-and-scholarships#scholarships

How to apply

Applications are submitted through an electronic application system. A link to the application form is available on the Admissions web page during the application period. All applications are pre-processed by the centralized University Admissions Finland (UAF) service. Applicants must be able to support their application with enclosures related to their educational background, language skills, and other qualifications and merits. The deadline for submitting the application is 13 January 2017, and if needed, applicants can complement their application with documents submitted by 27 January 2017.

Enclosures

Applicants must be able to prove their educational background by means of officially authenticated copies of their documents. If the documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, both the authenticated copies of the documents in their original language and an officially confirmed complete and precise translation into one of the languages mentioned above are required.

In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents issued in certain countries have more specific requirements for submission. Please go through the requirements carefully and check the country-specific requirements for your degree awarding country before applying.

For more information on the required documents, and instructions for applicants, please see How to apply.

If selected, the admitted student will have to present her/his original educational documents upon arrival at the University of Tampere in order to be able to register at the university.

Tuition fee and scholarships

Finnish universities will start collecting tuition fees from non-EU/EEA citizens starting their studies in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes taught in English in August 2017 or after that.

Students do not need to pay the tuition fee if they are:

  • EU/EEA citizen or a family member (spouse/child) of an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizens (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland or some other EU country on a permanent basis (continuous A, or permanent P/P-EU residence permit type), or have an EU Blue Card

Applicants must submit documents confirming their residence permit status with their application. For more information on the required documents, please see Application documents.

The University of Tampere offers a substantial number of scholarships for the most talented fee-paying students. The scholarship scheme consists of two scholarship categories.

  • The University of Tampere tuition fee scholarships cover either 100% or 50% of the tuition fees in a two-year Master’s degree programme.
  • The University of Tampere global student award for academic excellence scholarships cover 100% of the tuition fees and include a 7,000 € annual scholarship to cover the student’s living expenses during the two-year Master’s degree programme.

Students apply for the scholarship as part of the application to the degree programme. Admitted applicants who have been granted a scholarship will be informed about this together with the admission decision.

For more information on who is required to pay the fee and on the available scholarships, please see Fees and Scholarships web page.

Admission procedure

Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who fulfil the official admission criteria. Candidates for admission should be well qualified and capable of benefiting from the programme of study.

Student selection is made on the basis of application documents; there is no entrance exam. Applicants are assessed on the following merits:

  • the applicant’s academic quality and the success and the relevance of the applicant's overall study record in the completed Bachelor's degree and other studies, judged primarily from the degree certificate and transcript of records
  • motivation to study specifically in this Programme; demonstrated interest in and commitment to research in Peace and Conflict studies (evidenced in the motivation letter and CV)
  • the applicant’s English language skills for academic purposes, judged from the certificate provided
  • relevant work (including voluntary work) experience as well as other merits and qualifications

The programme may arrange interviews to assess the most qualified applicants. The interviews are conducted by telephone or in Skype in February-March. The interviewees will be contacted using the contact details provided by the applicant on the application form. Prior to the interview, instructions will be sent to the interviewees by email. The purpose of the individual interview in English is to establish the applicant's motivation, and her/his aptitude and ability to discuss the content areas of the programme. An effort is also made to establish the applicant's social skills and language skills in English. Please note that only a selection of applicants may be interviewed.

Applicants who have not yet completed a Master's Degree or equivalent will be given priority in student selection.

After the assessment, the programme makes a proposal to the Dean on the students to be admitted. The Dean makes the final decision on admission.

Announcement of results and rectification procedure

Admissions results will be announced by 31 March 2017. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.

Please see the University's general instructions concerning rectification procedure: http://www.uta.fi/admissions/selection-students

Reserve list

Applicants may be placed on a reserve list. In case there are cancellations among the admitted students, applicants from the reserve list will be admitted in the order they have been placed.

 

Contact information

Eveliina Permi
Coordinator of International Education
Eveliina.Permi (at) uta.fi