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Master's specialisation | Joint programme optionalConflicts, Territories and Identities

You will come to understand the backgrounds and causes, the mental and physical borders related to (international) conflicts, war and terrorism as well the strategies and challenges organisations intervening in these conflicts deal with.

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Something for you?

  • Our approach includes fields as sociology, anthropology, international relations, border studies, development studies, political science and public administration.
  • The foundation of this specialisation is socio-geographical.
  • This Master’s looks beyond the violent conflict itself by also paying attention to practices of post-conflict reconstruction.
  • This specialisation is offered in collaboration with the Centre for International Conflict - Analysis & Management (CICAM).
  • This programme has an above-average score compared to the national average on three or more of the five core subjects (Source: Keuzegids). 
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Admission requirements

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What will you learn

How can violent conflicts be analysed and addressed? This is a recurring question, particularly given the ongoing violence in countries like DR Congo and Afghanistan, and the outbursts of civil war in Iraq and Ukraine more recently. In this Master's you will study national and international conflict, and the territorial boundaries and borders in the minds of the people involved. You will also become familiar with the theory and practice of those organisations, such as NGOs and the UN, who intervene in violent conflict and its aftermath, as well as the efforts by local actors to transform and resolve conflict.

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Future career opportunities

Our alumni find jobs such as:

  • Journalist for a newspaper or network
  • Policy maker at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Administrator at the United Nations
  • Researcher at the international think tank
  • Conflict expert and manager

Career prospects


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

  • What are the impacts on the feeling of security and the role of the state as a security provider?
  • How do artists, as part of civil society, contribute to democratization in Havana?
  • What are the roles of local churches in land conflict between Madi and Dinka in Nimule, South Sudan?
  • What are the possibilities and impossibilities of dialogue around environmental conflicts in Guatemala?

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.