Conflict Studies and Human Rights

Degree: Master
University: Utrecht University , Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences
City: Utrecht , Country: Netherlands
Discipline: Law
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  • Max Duration 12
  • Tuition fee € 1672
    € 14000 (non-EEA)
  • Start Date of Studies September
  • Admission deadline March 1
  • Programme Alternatives full-time
  • Educational Form taught
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    During recent decades, the world has witnessed a multitude of armed conflicts that have affected people all over the globe. Millions of people have been killed and many more have been forced to flee because of war. Societies have been disrupted, and economies severely affected. Armed conflicts continue to threaten the lives, livelihood, and future of millions of people. The MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights focuses on studying and engaging contemporary conflict and associated human rights issues.

    Current realities have forced the international community to address contemporary conflicts with a combination of military, humanitarian, political, economic, and development-related measures. So far, however, the record of conflict management has been mixed. Notwithstanding incidental successes, there have been several less successful attempts and even outright failures.

    This highlights the need to better understand the nature of contemporary conflict, and to ground this understanding in empirical research and theoretical explanations. Apart from a better understanding of conflict per se, there is also a lack of trained personnel in this rapidly growing professional field. It is against this backdrop that Utrecht University offers a one-year selective international Master´s programme in Conflict Studies and Human Rights. A growing number of specialised agencies are addressing issues of conflict management and resolution, rehabilitation, human rights and peace, building both from an analyst's perspective and through operations in the field. These organisations offer a variety of specialised employment opportunities.

    The MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights offers good preparation for careers in any sector involving conflict analysis, including the public sector, business, non-governmental and international organisations. The use of English as the working language in the programme will be an advantage for students who will later pursue a career in an international setting.


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