Internship in Peace and Conflict Studies

30 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 2FK039

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Peace and Conflict Studies A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 5 April 2023
Responsible department
Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Entry requirements

Fulfilment of the requirements for a Bachelor's degree, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is 30 credits in peace and conflict studies, or the equivalent. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Passed a minimum of 15 of the 30 mandatory credits in the first semester of the MSSc programme.

Learning outcomes

After completion of this course the student is expected to be able to:

  • Give an account of the objectives, mode of operations and societal role of the organisation/agency where the internship was conducted.
  • Demonstrate experience and knowledge of the relevant methods and routines needed for work related to peace and conflict studies.
  • Interact in a professional manner with employers and colleagues.
  • Adhere to the Department's Policy on Ethical Guidelines for Student Work.
  • Communicate in English, in writing and/or orally.


This course consists of an internship at an organisation of relevance for peace and conflict studies. The objective of the course is to provide an opportunity to gain practical training and professional experience.

Relevant internship organisations include, for example: state agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), research institutes and international organisations. As an intern, the student may be assigned roles such as research assistant, analyst, or program coordinator. Through participation in the internship, the student applies knowledge learned during the studies, gains practical training and develops professional skills.

Each student is individually responsible for finding a suitable organisation, securing an internship, and organising the relevant practicalities. Together with an assigned internship supervisor, the student develops an individual plan which specifies the content and structure of the internship. This plan must be approved by the course convenor.


The course is given in the form of an internship, individual supervision, and seminars (when relevant). The student should participate in internship activities during the normal working hours of the organisation. In addition, the student attends individual meetings with the internship supervisor. Attendance is mandatory at any scheduled seminars during the course. The language of instruction is English.


Examination and final grading is based on student performance on:

  • A written report summarising the internship experience
  • A letter of evaluation from the internship organisation, signed by the supervisor
  • Active participation in seminars, when relevant

Grades: Pass (G) or Fail (U)

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Uppsala University does not accept cheating and plagiarism. Suspected incidents of cheating or plagiarism are reported to the Vice-Chancellor, which may issue a formal warning to the student or suspend the student from studies for a certain period.

Other directives

To be registered for the course, the student is required to submit an Internship plan. Furthermore, this plan has to be approved by the course convenor. More information about the Internship plan and the requirements are distributed by the course convenor.

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