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Master's specialisation | Joint programme optionalConflict, Power and Politics

In this specialisation you will become familiar with the nature of violent conflict in the 21st Century. How can we explain the origins and development of violent conflicts? What are the effects of international interventions in violent conflicts? What are the conditions for an enduring peace?

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Something for you?

  • This specialisation combines insights from international relations, comparative politics, conflict studies and international ethics
  • We offer small, interactive classes. Students are taken seriously as young academics and reflective practitioners.
  • Our programme is analytical as well as practice-oriented.
Why study this programme?

Admission requirements

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Admission and application

What will you learn

This Master's specialisation offers students insights into the causes, development and politics of large-scale violent conflict and conflict-related interventions. Recognising that contemporary violent conflicts cannot be understood without taking both domestic and international politics into account, the programme draws on comparative politics, international relations and conflict studies. Students will critically explore themes such as the determinants of political violence and warfare; the impact of political systems on the ways in which political demands are articulated; the links between what is called 'ethnic violence', nationalism and war; the roles of non-state actors in warfare and forging peace; and the impacts of international interventions and regulations; and which ethical dilemmas arise in conflict-related interventions.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

Our graduates have all the necessary skills for job positions such as:

  • (Inter)national policy or decision maker
  • Journalist
  • Researcher at a think tank or university
  • Consultants for profit or non-profit organisations

Career prospects


To indicate the type of research in this specialisation, a few examples:

  • What is the role of international organisations in humanitarian intervention and peacebuilding?
  • How do changes in political representation contribution to the (de)escalation of (potential conflicts)?
  • How do major global power transformations affect the likelihood of local conflict?
  • What is the role of social and political movements in mobilising conflict?

Questions about this programme?

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.