Postgraduate Diploma in Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

This postgraduate Diploma is a unique qualification for those interested in developing a holistic and cutting-edge expertise on United Nations peace operations. The programme is exclusive to UNITAR and based entirely its courses. Contrary to the Master’s Degree, it is not accredited by a university. To receive the Postgraduate Diploma in Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding, candidates must complete the following courses in no more than two years.

Compulsory courses

  • Introduction to Peace Operations
  • Milestones in UN Peacekeeping
  • Understanding Conflict and Conflict Analysis
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Human Security in Post-Conflict Intervention
  • Research Project

Elective courses (choice of three courses among the following)

  • Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Women and Peacebuilding
  • Leadership in Peace Operations
  • Protection of Civilians in Peace Operations

Target audience

  • Personnel of peace operations (civilian, military and police);
  • Civil servants and staff of international, regional and national organisations involved in peace and security;
  • NGO representatives and humanitarian workers;
  • Researchers and academics;
  • Students;
  • Any person with responsibilities and interest in solving conflicts.

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for the Master’s degree in Conflictology, candidates must be fluent in English, possess a valid passport or national identity card and have completed an undergraduate degree. Candidates without a valid undergraduate degree may apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Armed Conflict and Crisis Management or for the Postgraduate Diploma in Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding.

Tuition Fees, Discounts and Scholarships

As of 2014/2015, tuition fees for the programme are as follows:


Normal/Tuition Fees

LDCs Tuition Fees

UNV Tuition Fees

Postgraduate Diploma in Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

US$ 7,100

US$ 5,200

US$ 4,800


To be eligible for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) discount, candidates must be a citizen from an LDCs included in the list compiled by the United Nations. All candidates from LDCs will automatically be considered for the discount as long as they submit their application on time.

To be eligible for the UN Volunteer discount, candidates must currently be UN volunteers and must provide a proof of status in their application.

Tuition fees may be paid in instalments and scholarships are available on a very competitive basis.

For more information on scholarships and tuition fees, please, consult the frequently asked questions (PDF, 410 KB).


2015 Spring Semester

Deadline for application | 01 December 2014

More information - contact details

If you have questions regarding the degree, you will probably find the answer frequently asked questions (PDF, 410 KB).

If you do not find the answer, please contact the Peacekeeping Training Programme at