About the Program
- The program is designed for students interested in understanding central issues and challenges in the interdisciplinary study of peace, conflict and democracy globally.
- It is led by our award-winning academic staff in different regions of the world, signposting the global orientation of the program.
- It is taught by political scientists, sociologists, journalists, and anthropologists, exposing students to different disciplinary approaches to the study of peace, conflict and democratic transformation.
- The MA program lasts 18 months (90 ECTS) for a total of three semesters.
- In the first two semesters, students will attend courses geared towards developing their theoretical, methodological and practical skills.
- In the third semester, students will develop an independent research project (dissertation) under the supervision of an experienced faculty member.
Building your portfolio
The program offers a wide range of elective courses, including nationalism and ethnic conflict, radicalization, electoral engineering, peace journalism, topographies of conflict and gender in conflict settings, thus enabling students to tailor their studies to their interests.
The program is designed to develop employability skills and boost the career prospects of graduates. To this end, students will be able to engage in a research-oriented internship within a local organization.
Students will have the opportunity to produce an independent short documentary under the supervision of experienced academic staff in audio-visual media/film studies.
Reflecting the unique interdisciplinary structure of the host departments (Political Science, Sociology, Journalism), the program will familiarize students with various disciplinary approaches to the study of peace, conflict and democratic transformation.
The program will consider applicants with an academic background/degree in Social Sciences, Arts or Humanities or any other associated field.
- International graduates should normally have the equivalent grade level (e.g. UK university graduates should normally have an upper second-class honors degree (60+)).
- Graduates of the University of Cyprus or of Greek universities should normally hold a grade level of at least 7.5 or above.
- Applicants with extensive professional experience (more than 5 years) in the fields of peace and conflict or democratization will be admitted if they already hold a postgraduate degree or may be considered if they have received a grade level of at least 7.0 from an internationally recognized university.
- When applicants' previous studies have not been conducted in English, they are expected to show an adequate level of proficiency in English. Applicants should have an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each section) with the test taken not more than two years before the submission of the application.
- Motivation Letter
- 2 Letters of Reference
Program Content & Structure
As part of their core courses, students will complete a dissertation (30 ECTS) and three mandatory courses (22,5 ECTS). In parallel, students can select up to five electives (37,5 ECTS) from a range of interdisciplinary courses, each exploring a different aspect of Peace, Conflict, and Democratic Transformations.
Core/Compulsory Courses (22,5 ECTS)
- Fundamentals of Peace & Conflict Transformation (7,5 ECTS)
The course provides a comprehensive introduction to fundamental theories of violence/conflict, transitional justice, peacebuilding, and post-conflict reconciliation.
- Fundamentals of Democracy (7,5 ECTS)
The module is designed to introduce students to core theories of democracy and critically evaluate the contemporary challenges to democracy.
- Applied Research (7,5 ECTS)
The course introduces students to the fundamentals of empirical research in the social sciences with a focus on peace and conflict research methodology.
Elective Courses (37,5 ECTS)
- Nationalism & Ethnic Conflict (7,5 ECTS)
The course explores key debates on nationalism and key writings on ethnic conflict, while also exploring different methodological approaches to the study of nationalism.
- War & Peace: A History of Ideas (7,5 ECTS)
The course examines how central questions of war and peace have been addressed in the history of western political thought, by focusing on the ways in which elements of ideas of war and peace have undergone transformations to fit within certain contexts and historical developments over the past centuries.
- Elections & Democracy after Conflict (7,5 ECTS)
The course is designed to introduce students to the challenges and dilemmas that post-conflict societies face in their effort to create inclusive political institutions. It covers a wide array of issues, including post-conflict electoral engineering, and the role of the international community in democratic transitions.
- Topographies of Peace & Conflict (7,5 ECTS)
The course is designed to map and analyze the politics surrounding war and disaster zones, peace and ecological parks, military bases, buffer zones, de facto states, divided cities, indigenous homelands, cultural heritage, biocolonialism, and common resources.
- Dynamics of Radicalism & Conflict in Democracy (7,5 ECTS)
The course covers a wide variety of radicalization processes in democratic settings. It aims to familiarize students with these processes and offer theoretical and analytical tools to better appreciate the dynamics of radicalization and critically appraise the methods used to study them.
- Human Rights, Gender & Conflict Transformation (7,5 ECTS)
The course aims to develop students’ ability to understand the complex role that human rights and gender play in the development of pathways to conflict transformation, piece-building, and post-conflict democratization.
- Reporting Peace & Conflict (7,5 ECTS)
The course examines the role of media and professional journalism in conflict/peace-building processes, the ethical dimensions of confrontational and peace journalism, as well as the broader impact of digital/social media reporting in deeply divided societies.
- Special Topics in Peace, Conflict & Democracy (7,5 ECTS)
This is a course that showcases novel teaching themes offered by academic staff in the department and invited guest speakers. Each year the course explores a different topic in peace and conflict studies.
- nternship (7,5 ECTS)
The course is geared towards improving students’ employability skills through a work placement at a local organization.
Compulsory – Dissertation (30 ECTS)
- Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)
Students are offered the opportunity to submit either a 15,000-word thesis in a written format or utilize the in-house experience and modern facilities of the home department to produce a visual dissertation in the form of a short documentary with a supplementary 5,000-word research paper.