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Conflict Resolution and Governance


An education in the social sciences will impart a broad range of skills that easily translate into a multitude of careers.

Where do our graduates work?

Specific career examples from alumni of the Conflict Resolution and Governance programme are:

  • Development expert in Fragile States
  • Business Development Manager at Cordaid Urban Matters
  • Lecturer, tutor and thesis supervisor at UvA’s College of Social Sciences
  • Assistant at Stichting Bescherming Burgerrechten, a civil rights organisation
On a daily basis I design and teach trainings on diplomatic practice, international skills and conflict resolution

I use concepts and theories I acquired during the Master's in Conflict Resolution and Governance and I regularly contact former lecturers and fellow alumni to share ideas. - Cate van Kessel, alumna in Conflict Resolution and Governance


You will develop the capacity to employ theoretical orientations to make sense of the range of influences (from global to local and instrumental to identity-based and institutional) that shape conflicts and their relationship to governance. Your capacity to draw on the most vexing features of contemporary conflicts to shape governance regimes from the fabric of crisis will be increased. You will gain skills in conflict analysis, in negotiation and conflict resolution, and in linking research with practice. 

I still benefit from the network and negotiation skills on a daily basis.

And I am still in touch with my fellow students, who are now dispatched throughout the world. - Rosa Dinissen, alumna in Conflict Resolution and Governance

Career coaching during your Master's

You can make use of a wide variety of career tools and support from the UvA Student Careers Centre (SCC) during your studies. The SCC organises career events, workshops, training courses, as well as CV checks, interview practice sessions and much more. 

Career events

The UvA Student Careers Centre organises several events for Bachelor's and Master's students from all disciplines. They include workshops, labour market trends, inspiring speakers, CV check, contact with employers, having a professional LinkedIn photo taken and best practises for applying to jobs.

My education has thus made a major contribution to my development.

The various activities that I undertook myself, however, were also enormously important. - Swaan van Iterson, alumna in Conflict Resolution and Governance