Master programme

Security and conflict management

This programme will provide an extensive understanding of the new world order and global and regional conflicts, tools to analyse complex cause-effect correlations, as well as the skills to assess military and civilian measures to handle new threats and conflicts.

About the programme

Global events - from the fall of the Soviet Union, 9/11 in the US and “the Arab Spring”, to the current migrant crisis in Europe, Russia's new role and rapid, albeit problematic economic growth in China and India – are pieces in a large political jig saw puzzle that create changes in the balance of power and form a "new world order".

Security management and conflict resolution is a general introduction programme that emphasises a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to give students the tools and framework to analyse international political and economic events, and provide a better basis for action and influencing these factors both globally and nationally. This programme also provides an introduction into different aspects of security management in this complex world, from threat and risk analysis over crisis management and crisis logistics to various aspects of hybrid warfare, such as fake news, cyberwarfare and terrorism. These are important sub-programmes in addition to cultural literacy and the new daily routine as a manager in dangerous operations.

The programme includes a session abroad where we visit organisations and research communities that are home to the world-leading expertise in the discipline of security. The objective of the study trip is to provide the students with first-hand insight into challenges, solution models and the effects of various measures in other countries.

Subject overview

Section 1. Global and regional politics with particular focus on political economy and security policy:

  • The major issues in international relations as regards forms of government, security, economic growth, climate, and a changed balance of economic, political and military power.
  • Causes, characteristics and consequences of various parts of the globalisation process, as well as topics that could potentially become causes of conflict (for example religion, land, water and energy, resources, etc.).

Section 2. Conflict resolution in a changing world:

  • The historical development of military power and today's new challenges, with emphasis on management of conflict resolution.
  • How the new global challenges are faced with various types of measures, from police work to different forms of military power
  • Organisation of various measures at the national and international level (particularly NATO and EU cooperation);
  • Issues linked to weapons technology, defence industry and procurement.


Rikke Cecilie Keim
Student coordinator
Telephone: +47 464 10 121


Kjell A. Eliassen is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Law.


Nick Sitter is a Professor in the Department of Law.

Practical information

Start date

Oslo: 03. September 2018


1. module: 03.09 - 05.09
2. module: 15.10 - 17.10
3. module: 26.11 - 28.11
4. module: 28.01 - 29.01
5. module: 04.03 - 05.03
6. module: 01.04 - 05.04

Submisson of project: 03. June 2019
72-hour home exam: 06. - 09. May 2019


The programme runs over two semesters and consists of six sessions. Five sessions will be held in Oslo, whereas the last session is a study trip to Brussels and Paris.

Admission requirements

Read the admission requirements for this programme.

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