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Pre-Master's programme

Conflict Resolution and Governance (MSc)

The Graduate School of Social Sciences offers several possibilities to make up for (slight) credit deficiencies.

Application to pre-Master's programme

Please register for the Master’s programme in Studielink and apply through the link in Myinfo, also for the Master’s programme: the Admissions Committee will assess your application for the Master's programme and decide if a pre-Master’s programme or course is needed and if it will sufficiently prepare you for entry to the Master's programme.

Pre-Master’s programme

The programme in Conflict Resolution and Governance does not offer a pre-Master’s programme in the field of conflict studies and/or social sciences. For students studying at a university in the Netherlands, it is possible to take the UvA minor programme Conflict studies to prepare for admission to the master’s programme in Conflict Resolution and Governance. (Minor) programmes elsewhere with equivalent substance may be equally relevant.

Research methodology module

Promising students with slightly less background in social sciences research methodology than needed, may be admitted provided that they complete an intensive research methodology module in the four weeks prior to the Master's programme (July/August).

The tuition fee for the research methodology module in the academic year 2019-2020 is not available yet. Final fees will be announced by 1 December. The fees include lunch on class days, welcome and farewell events.

For more information on the module, please see:

Comprehensive Introduction to Research Methodology and Design

MOOCs and reading assignments

Promising students who do not fully (but nearly) meet the requirements or who are in need of brushing up on their knowledge in the field of social sciences and research methodology, may be admitted provided that they complete a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or a reading assignment prior to the Master's programme.

For more information on the MOOCs on offer and the fee, please see:

University of Amsterdam MOOCs


If you have questions regarding admission and application, please contact the Admissions Office at