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Keuzegids 2022 masters

Master'sConflict, Power and Politics

In this specialisation you will get familiar with the nature of violent conflict in the 21st Century. Why is violent conflict so pervasive? How can we explain the origins and intensity of violent conflicts? How can we solve them?

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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.
  • The programme is best in its field and holds the bronze medal according to Elsevier's Best Studies 2022.
  • The programme received above-average scores on three or more topics (Source: Keuzegids 2023).
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 origins, causes, and processes of conflict and conflict resolution. Recognising that contemporary 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 ethnic violence, nationalism and war; how international regulations affect efforts to acquire peace; and which ethical dilemmas arise in such situations.

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 thank 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.