Admission requirementsGeneral entry requirements + Civics A, English B. Or: Civics 1b / 1a1 +1a2.
For Swedish Upper Secondary Grades merit rating will be calculated according to Områdesbehörighet 6/A6
final grades 66% national university aptitude test 34%
“Peace and conflict studies is central to understanding today’s conflicts. I’m here on a scholarship from the Swedish institute and I enjoy being an international student at Malmö University.”– Dkeledi Tlou, student.
The programme emphasizes civil society and current issues in the field such as social movements, non-violence, enemy images and the media. During the programme you will learn to understand and analyse how different forms of armed conflict begin and develop over time. In addition, you will learn the conditions under which a sustainable global peace might emerge. You will gain a theoretical and historical overview of the foundations of peace and conflict and learn how to apply its central analytical concepts. Moreover, you will gain knowledge about the role of the media and globalisation in the emergence and unfolding of contemporary conflicts.
Peace and Conflict Studies at Malmö University
Armed conflict and other forms of organised violence affect people in many parts of the world. Malmö University specialises in the subject of peace and conflict studies through its emphasis on civil society and highly relevant areas such as social movements, nonviolence, enemy images and the media.
As a student here, you will gain insight into the fundamentals of the subject, but you will also be challenged to immerse yourself in the field. The course revolves around questions such as:
- Why and how do violent conflicts arise?
- How can violence be managed and conflict converted into peaceful conditions by peaceful means?
- In addition to the cessation of military and organised violence, what else is required to achieve peace?
- How do combatants and victims of armed conflict experience and handle their situation?
- What role do international organisations and civil society participants play in working for peace – locally and globally? How do they go about their work in practice?
- Violence can be direct, but also structural in the form of oppression. What is required to resist such violence; for example, the practice of non-violence in revolutions?
- What is the role of urbanisation and discrimination in violent conflicts, including in states where no war is in progress?
- What is the impact of the media and enemy images in the development of conflicts, and of how conflicts can be understood by the involved parties, as well as by the outside world?
What will I learn?
Analyse and understand armed conflict
During the course of study you will learn to understand and analyse how various types of armed conflict arise and develop and what conditions exist, if any, for lasting global peace. By way of introduction, you will partake in a theoretical and historical overview of peace and conflict – scientific grounds.
The role of the media and globalisation
You will become familiar with the key analytical concepts of peace and conflict studies. Next you will focus on the role of influences such as the media and globalisation in the outbreak and development of wars in our time. Then you will take a course in conflict analysis at the end of which you will personally analyse an armed conflict using the methodology and tools that you have acquired.
Human living conditions and diversity
It is important to understand the human dimension in all this, which is the reason you will spend considerable time learning about human living conditions and diversity. You will do so largely within the framework of your anthropological studies. Finally, you will take a course to study the institutional and cultural conditions that exist to achieve lasting peace.
Read more under Syllabus.
Practical experience and studies abroad
Within the framework of the Peace and Conflict Studies programme, you will have the opportunity to serve as an intern for one term with an organisation, association, international, national or local authority or company, that in some way is linked to issues related to peace and conflict studies.You will also have the opportunity to study at a university abroad for one term. Read more about the internship.
Not only do your teachers have a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies, but they also bring perspectives from fields such as human rights, political science, anthropology and the history of ideas, thereby providing a sound multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary foundation that characterises research in the field of peace and conflict studies.
Several of them also have extensive experience in peace and conflict-related activities outside academia, including in armed conflict areas working with local peace activists, political elections, reconciliation, gender issues and as consultants and investigators for aid organisations. The research carried out by your teachers is also in the vanguard of current debates within the field, including the relationship between local and external participants in actual peace initiatives.
You will acquire important skills and knowledge, preparing you for an academic career or for employment in the fields of foreign policy, international relations, global affairs, refugee and asylum issues, the analysis, prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace building and reconciliation.
Both the public and the private sector, as well as many non-governmental organisations look for skilled and knowledgeable staff able to analyse opportunities and threats, process information on risk scenarios and tap into and contextualise local knowledge systems.
“The contacts I made during my internship were invaluable.”
During his bachelor’s studies in peace and conflict studies Joel Pousette Liljeqvist spent one semester interning at the Swedish Embassy in Guatemala. Getting the internship was very competitive.
Joel first travelled to El Salvador on a Minor Field Studies from Sida, the Swedish International to do fieldwork for his BA thesis, and then contacted the embassy while he was in the region and completed the internship the following semester.
His duties at the embassy included writing reports and representing the embassy at events.
"For writing reports I needed to be good at research and analysis, two things I learned while working towards my BA. My studies in peace and conflict studies were particularly pertinent when it came to writing about the security situation in the region."
Joel will also go to Columbia for two years as a peace observer for the Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation (Kristna Fredsrörelsen).
"One of the useful things I learned during my internship was how to produce documents for the public sector. It was also very useful simply to learn that I was capable, that I could do a good job in such a position. My supervisor was great and we have kept in touch. The contacts I made while I was there will be invaluable now that I’m going to work in Columbia."
“Peace and conflict studies is central to understanding today’s conflicts.”
Dikeledi Tlou is from Johannesburg, South Africa. She is a student on the bachelor’s degree programme in Peace and Conflict Studies.
"My real interest has always been in development studies but I believe the peace and conflict studies programme has a broader scope in terms of the range of topics we have to study. The programme is interesting so far and for me it challenges me to take a deeper look at the human condition and how we manage ourselves. It allows one to explore culture, politics, religion, and a whole range of topics, even those that are not obvious. I believe it will open my mind to news ideas about problem solving. The programme demands that you have self-discipline and an enquiring mind."
"On a personal note I am particularly interested in policymaking in Africa, since there is so much opportunity for growth and change."
"I’m here on a scholarship from the Swedish Institute and I enjoy being an international student at Malmö University. I feel it’s important to travel and gain an understanding of other people and cultures."
Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2017
- Programme Code:
- SGFRE revision 5
- Date of establishment:
- 15 March 2012
- Date of ratification:
- 29 September 2016
- Decision-making body:
- Faculty of Culture and Society
- Enforcement date:
- 28 August 2017
General entry requirements + Civics A, English B. Or: Civics 1b / 1a1 +1a2.
The undergraduate programme comprises six semesters and leads to a Bachelor’s degree in Peace and conflict studies.
The aim with the programme is to make the students develop an understanding for systemic as well as grass root level perspectives on organized violence, conflict resolution and the concept peace.
In the three semesters of peace and conflict studies (I, II and III) conventional theories of the field are treated. This includes among other things conflict analysis and conflict theory and method. The last semester of the program includes a BA thesis.
In semester three the course includes Civil society actors in local, national and international contexts as well as Project management and methods in zones of conflict. These two courses make the profile of the programme. The courses concern the role of civil society and its practice conflicts as well as its relations to other actors locally and globally. The civil society is consequently related to its surrounding international and political-economic society. The working methods, possibilities and problems in different contexts are in focus.
In semester four and five the students study elective courses, that the programme coordinator adjudge being relevant for the programme. It is possible to study at other universities in Sweden and abroad. In semester five an internship is allowed in a place of work that is adjudged relevant for the program, for instance a governmental agency or organization.
For programme with start Autumn 2017:
Autumn 2017 - Semester 1
Spring 2018 - Semester 2
Autumn 2018 - Semester 3
Spring 2019 - Semester 4
Autumn 2019 - Semester 5
Spring 2020 - Semester 6
Learning outcomesKnowledge and Understanding
A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies must:
Applying knowledge and understanding
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies, knowledge of its central issues and its applicable methods ;
- demonstrate in-depth knowledge of conflict analysis, conflict resolution, conflict prevention and the history and cultural context of organized violence;
- demonstrate a general sense of current research issues within peace and conflict studies;
- demonstrate in-depth knowledge of current research within peace and conflict studies;
- demonstrate knowledge of Malmö University’s perspectives: the environment, migration, and ethnicity;
A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies must:
Making judgments and communicating perspectives
- demonstrate an ability to independently seek, gather and critically interpret information for instance by independent conflict analysis and report writing;
- demonstrate an ability to independently identify, formulate and solve problems and to perform tasks within specified time limits, to present and discuss information, problems and solutions in dialogue with different groups, orally and in writing; and demonstrate the skills required to work independently in the field that the education concerns.;
- demonstrate an ability that is required to work independently within areas concerning organised violence, armed conflicts and their resolution; in governmental and international agencies or non-state organisations;
For a Degree of Bachelor students must
- demonstrate an ability to make assessments in peace and conflict studies, taking into account relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects;
- demonstrate insight into the role of knowledge in society and into people’s responsibility for how knowledge is used;
- demonstrate insight into how organised violence, armed conflicts and peace work is shaped to local contexts; and to make assessments of how these contexts are affected by organised violence, armed conflicts and peace work, and;
- demonstrate an ability to identify their need of further knowledge and to upgrade their capabilities.
Kandidatexamen i Freds- och konfliktvetenskap / Bachelor of Arts with a major in Peace and Conflict Studies.