International Master's Degree in Conflictology

UNITAR offers various online postgraduate study programmes for professionals and students in the areas of armed conflicts, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. The objective is to prepare candidates for professional careers by providing up-to-date knowledge and methods as well as transferable skills of interest to employers and the UN System.

UNITAR offers a unique online Master’s Degree in Conflictology jointly delivered with the Open University of Catalonia. Participants from different background attend the online programmes to prepare for professional practice and acquire knowledge and skills related to peace and security from UN practitioners and academics.


The International Master’s Degree in Conflictology presents empirical knowledge and insight on conflict resolution, transformation, mediation and management, for conflicts of all importance, be they interpersonal or global. Practitioners and academics from prestigious universities, the United Nations and peace research institutes guide participants through the virtual learning environment, enabling them to learn about the peaceful resolution of conflicts and prepare for professional practice. This programme trains participants in all applications of conflictology and facilitates the development of professional projects by giving participants access to the largest network of people working to promote peace.

Objectives

At the end of the Master’s Programme, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the nature and characteristics of contemporary conflicts at different levels;
  • Access information and knowledge to develop efficient intervention programmes;
  • Synthesise techniques and strategies for non-violent intervention;
  • Formulate a plan of action for peaceful interventions, both for the prevention of conflicts and for their resolution;
  • Lead and facilitate negotiation and mediation processes, at the family, professional and international levels.

Courses

To receive the Master’s Degree in Conflictology, issued by the UOC in partnership with UNITAR, candidates must complete the following courses equivalent to 60 ECTS (1500 hours) in no more than two years.

UNITAR courses

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

UOC courses

  • Philosophy of Peace
  • Media and Peace Building
  • Crisis Management
  • Economy and Conflict
  • Deconstructing the War
  • The Intercultural/Ethnic Conflict and the Management of Diversity
  • Family Mediation
  • Non-violence
  • Business Mediation
  • Implementation of Conflict Strategy in Workplace and Commercial Conflicts
  • Business Ethics
  • Mandate Evaluation
  • Postgraduate Project
  • Master Project

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.

Other Study Programmes Available

If you are looking for a shorter programme, if you want to develop a unique expertise on UN peace operations or if you do not have an undergraduate degree, you may register for the UNITAR Postgraduate Diploma in Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding.

For more information on the Postgraduate Diploma and the Master's Degree, download the brochure, leaflet and the frequently asked questions (PDF, 410 KB).

Tuition Fees, Discounts and Scholarships

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

To be eligible for theLeast 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. 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).

Registration

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 in our frequently asked questions (PDF, 410 KB).

If you do not find the answer, please contact us at conflictology@unitar.org.


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