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Conflict Studies and Human Rights

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Language of education
Dutch, English
12 months
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Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University

Program description

The MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights focuses on studying and engaging contemporary conflict and associated human rights issues.

During recent decades, the world has witnessed a multitude of armed conflicts that have affected people all over the globe. Societies have been disrupted, and economies severely affected. Armed conflicts continue to threaten the lives, livelihood, and future of millions of people.

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.

About Utrecht University

Utrecht University is a top international university that holds a top 100 position in the international university rankings. It offers a broad range of high-quality Dutch- and English-taught programs and courses. The English curriculum consists of Bachelor's and Master’s degree programs, certificate courses, and Summer School courses. In addition, some of the world’s most talented students come to Utrecht University to do their PhD research.

Research has always played a fundamental role in Utrecht University’s degree programs. Course content is closely linked to top-class research. Students are taught in small groups by top researchers and lecturers, mostly experts in their field. Utrecht University is at the forefront of developments in interdisciplinary knowledge. Our research continues to have impact in fields ranging from biochemistry and biophysics to human rights and culture.

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Admission requirements

Language requirements

CAE: B1, CPE: C1, IELTS overall band: 6.5, IELTS writing: 6, TOEFL paper based: 580, TOEFL computer based: 237, TOEFL internet based: 93

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