Master’s Degree Programme in Community Development and Conflict Resolution

Please note that there will be no intake into this Master’s Degree Programme anymore, as Diak is currently revising its Master’s Programmes conducted in English.

The Master’s degree programme in Community Development and Conflict Resolution is a joint programme offered by Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and the University of Iringa (Tanzania).

This degree programme prepares graduates for professional positions in the field of community development. The studies are provided in the form of blended learning. The programme includes a two-week intensive learning period in Tanzania.

The programme is designed to provide advanced studies at the graduate level for Finnish, Tanzanian and international students. The programme combines theoretical and practical approaches.

Students become acquainted with essential theories, research and methodology, while also learning how to apply theory in practice.

The international and multi-professional community development skills developed during the programme promote innovation in domestic and international contexts.

The programme provides training to promote community development in conjunction with human rights and conflict resolution in the global context.

Human rights are regarded as essential in sustainable community development. In addition, conflict resolution and mediation are seen as necessary tools for building sustainable solutions in community development practices.

Studies focus on sustainable community development, in which social, economic and environmental perspectives are covered.


Please see current eligibility criteria on the Eligibility webpage.


See the curriculum of the programme.

Timetable and contact days for 2019–2020

The programme is based on studying online between the contact days.

Contact days take place in Diak, Helsinki for Diak’s students except for the intensive course, which takes place in Tanzania. The intensive course is financially supported by Diak.

The contact days are subject to change.

Autumn 2019


  • 4 September
  • 5 September


  • 2 October
  • 3 October


  • Intensive course, dates to be specified


  • 11 December
  • 12 December

Spring 2020


  • 23 January
  • 24 January


  • 26 February
  • 27 February


  • 18 March
  • 19 March


  • 22 April
  • 23 April


  • 25 May
  • 26 May

Autumn 2020


  • 19 August
  • 20 August


  • 16 September
  • 17 September


  • 7 October
  • 8 October


  • 19 November
  • 20 November