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Peace and Conflict Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #1041 (BCR) Malmö, Sweden
The Peace and Conflict Studies programme at Malmö University 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. 
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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 organizations 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.


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 organizations look for skilled and knowledgeable staff able to analyse opportunities and threats, process information on risk scenarios and tap into and contextualize local knowledge systems.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Peace and Conflict Studies I
  • Peace and Conflict Studies II
  • Civil society actors in local, national and international contexts
  • Project management and methods in zones of conflict
  • Peace and Conflict Studies III

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Admission requirements

  • General entry requirements + Civics 1b / 1a1 +1a2. Or: Civics A, English B.
  • For Swedish Upper Secondary Grades merit rating will be calculated according to Områdesbehörighet 6/A6
  • final grades 66% national university aptitude test 34%

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7536 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22621 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Full tuition Fee: 235,000 SEK

Living costs for Malmö

  • 7318 - 11470 SEK/month
    Living Costs

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