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Master Conflict Resolution and Governance

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Conflict Resolution and Governance (MSc)

An education in the social sciences will impart a broad range of skills that easily translate into a multitude of careers. Below you can read about the career paths of a number of alumni in the MSc Conflict Resolution and Governance.


Being attracted to conflicts

'During my undergrad, a guest lecture on conflict mediation and negotiation sparked my interest. This lecture inspired me because of the different disciplines that are part of conflict studies, such as political science, sociology, anthropology and law.'

Read the story of Cate van kessel


Bridge the gap

'Studying the Conflict and Resolution programme was an unforgettable experience thanks to the dynamic teaching methods employed by the lecturers. We learned the art of negotiating and conflict resolution through a series of workshops where we applied our theoretical knowledge in practice within a set of scenarios. With the presence of several practitioners already working in fields such as mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution at these workshops, we were able to bridge the gap, as students, between the world of study and the world of employment.'

Read the story of Cory Fletcher

Choose a field that you are fiercely passionate about

'Having studied International Relations abroad and having lived and worked in Latin America after the completion of my undergraduate degree, I knew exactly what I was looking for in a Master’s Degree. I wanted a renowned program with an international outlook, and a group of fellow students that would be as diverse as the topics and places I would be studying. In addition, I wanted to pursue a higher degree without selling my future to loan institutions in the form of debt. Hence, the UvA’s Conflict Resolution and Governance program under Dr. David Laws was my first choice.'

Read the story of Stefanie Wesch


Tobias de Graaf

'After having done a part of the minor conflict studies in my bachelor political science, I was sure that I wanted to follow the master Conflict Resolution and Governance. Now, over a year later, I’m glad to say that I’m still as positive about the master as I was before.'


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Rosa Dinnissen

Your Master's thesis is your business card

'My name is Rosa Dinnissen and I am from Nijmegen, the Netherlands. After studying Spanish Culture and Languages in Spain and Architecture in Belgium, I decided to study Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, with a specialisation in International Relations. During my third year, my interest in conflict analysis was triggered when I followed the Introduction of Conflict studies course. Then, I followed interesting courses like ‘International Conflicts and Security’ and ‘Negotiation’ during an exchange programme in Buenos Aires, Argentina.'

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Mart Scheepers

I firmly believe in following your interests

When I started Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ASW), I had no idea what I wanted to do later on. Pretty quickly, though, I realised I was drawn to social theories and decided to do a minor in Sociology and take an introductory course on Conflict Studies as an elective, alongside my ASW curriculum. I was fascinated by the way this course linked theory and practice. That eventually led to a research work placement, a final paper in my minor and a Master's in Conflict Studies.

Read the story of Mart Scheepers