Peacekeeping Training Programme

Introduction

The Master in Conflict, Peace and Security is a unique opportunity designed to enhance the understanding of conflicts in all of their dimensions and to explore innovative approaches for their management, resolution and transformation, through a network of world-leading academics and experts. Built on the combined expertise of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), the Master in Conflict, Peace and Security aims to equip participants with a broad analytical skillset, first-hand knowledge and unique experiences from the field.

The Master’s Degree and related qualifications are suitable both for professionals working in conflict-prone environments within the framework of international, regional, governmental or non-governmental organizations, and to graduate students, young researchers or other academics interested in understanding conflicts and acquiring skills to better address them. By choosing the Master in Conflict, Peace and Security, students gain access to a broad group of alumni and network spread across the world. Becoming a part of this community will be a valuable asset for a lifetime.

Approach

A distinctive student-centered, multidisciplinary approach, in which the workplace is used as the main learning environment. UNITAR and UOC have developed extensive expertise in the delivery of online programmes.

Using the Internet as a medium, students, practitioners and scholars are brought together in a unique virtual learning environment designed to valorize experiential and collaborative learning.

Distinctive features of the Master include:

  • Full online delivery, allowing for a flexible schedule designed to fit the specific needs of full-time working professionals;
  • Student-centered approach, in which the learner and the learning experience are at the core of the programme;
  • Leading-edge insights into prevailing theories and practices;
  • Lifelong learning approach, in which the workplace is used as the main learning environment;
  • Multi-cultural pedagogy, particularly attentive at the diversity of paradigms, perceptions and intellectual traditions;
  • Multi-disciplinary approach.

Curriculum

Students benefit from an experienced faculty of scholars and practitioners, peer-to-peer collaboration, and a curriculum that reflects current theory and practice.

UN.000             Understanding Conflict and Conflict Analysis

UN.001             Conflict Resolution

UN.002             Introduction to Peace Operations and Milestones in UN peacekeeping

UN.004             Human Security in Post-Conflict Interventions

UN.006             Gender Matters

B1.044              Media and Conflict

B1.042              Philosophy of Peace and Non-Violence

B1.048              Games Theory

B1.046              Economy, Environment and Migration

B1.055              Research Methods

B1.049              Intercultural/Ethnic Conflict and the Management of Diversity

B1.051              Corruption, Conflict and Security

B1.050              Prevention and Transformation of Conflict

B1.101              Mandate Evaluation/ Leadership and Strategic Planning

B1.045              Crisis Management

B1.700              Master's final project

The Master in Conflict, Peace and Security is awarded upon completion of 60 ECTS.

The Master in Conflict, Peace and Security is a UOC Certified Master’s Degree, awarded according to the rules and regulations set by the Spanish education system. Giving its specificity, it does not give general access to Doctoral studies (PhD and similar). Validation of credits for access to such programmes can be requested from competent institutions. For more information, students should contact conflictology@unitar.org

Students may alternatively opt for the Postgraduate Certificate – Specialization in Armed Conflict or the Postgraduate Certificate – Specialization in Crisis Management and Strategic Planning, which each is awarded upon completion of 31 ECTS. 

Duration

The maximum duration of the Master in Conflict, Peace and Security shall be of 6 semesters. The minimum duration of the Master shall be 4 semesters. The maximum duration of the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialization in Armed Conflict and the Postgraduate Certificate in Crisis Management and Strategic Planning shall be of 4 semesters. The minimum duration of both programmes shall be of 2 semesters. 

Application Information

In order to be considered for the Master in Conflict, Peace and Security, students must have completed an undergraduate degree, be fluent in English, possess a valid passport or national ID card. Same requirements apply for the other programmes.

Application Deadlines

To be considered for the Fall-term: 15 August

To be considered for the Spring-term: 15 January

Applications received after the final deadline are evaluated case by case on a rolling basis.

Application Instructions

The Project Manager is available to students during the application process. Students are encouraged to email the Project Manager at conflictology@unitar.org with any questions during the application process.

All applicants are required to apply online. Students must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.

Required Application Materials

Application Form
Applicants must complete the online application available at: http://www.unitar.org/ptp/registration

Passport / National ID
Applicants must submit a scanned copy of a valid passport or national ID card. Scans must be clear and legible.

Transcripts
Applicants must upload a transcript, mark sheet, or academic record for each institution in the relevant section of the online application. All transcript uploads must be accompanied by a key, a legend, or the back copy of the transcript. Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation. Full name of the applicant must appear on the transcript/record. Scans must be clear and legible. Supporting documents (or any other document) must not be mailed if they have been uploaded with the online application, unless requested by the Selection Committee. In case of troubles uploading transcript, applicants shall email conflictology@unitar.org and give a detailed description of the issue and attach the document in question. UNITAR reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admission process. Any fraudulent activity or discrepancies found between uploaded and official transcripts will result in the immediate revocation of admission and/or dismissal from the programme.

Essay / Academic Writing Sample
Applicants may submit a 400-word-limit academic writing sample, in English. Published or unpublished academic research papers or a coherent excerpt from a longer paper are acceptable.

Motivation Letter / Statement of Purpose (Optional)
Applicants must submit a 400-word-limit Motivation Letter / Statement of Purpose explaining the reasons for pursuing the degree, the professional goals, and why they consider the programme to be a match for them.

Recommendation Letter (Optional)
One academic/professional letter of recommendation is required. Recommenders can submit recommendations by e-mail at conflictology@unitar.org

Application Status

Applications become complete and ready for review once all required items have been received by UNITAR. Students should allow 2 to 3 weeks from the date they submitted their application for its review by the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will notify applicants by email if their file is missing any documents and again when their file is complete for review. These notifications are sent to the email address provided in the online application.

If granted, admission is valid for two intakes, the intake the candidate applies for and the following.

Tuition and Fees

The total fee of the Master’s degree is: EUR 11.156,00.

The total fee of the Postgraduate Certificate – Specialization in Armed Conflict is: EUR 6.694,00.

The total fee of the Postgraduate Certificate – Specialization in Crisis Management and Strategic Planning is: EUR 6.694,00. 

Financial Aid

The primary responsibility of the Project Manager is to ensure that admitted students can enroll and continuing students can complete their courses of study. UNITAR supports a comprehensive programme of student financial assistance based on need and merit. UNITAR is committed to transparency, fairness, and efficiency in communicating the costs associated with the programme.

We welcome students’ inquiries about:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Financing options
  • Financial aid eligibility

Students can contact us at +41 22 917 87 24 or conflictology@unitar.org

Scholarships

To foster diversity within the programme, UNITAR and UOC offer a limited number of partially-funded scholarships to talented students in need of financial aid. In order to be eligible for a partially-funded scholarship, candidates must submit a letter in which they explain the reasons why they should be awarded the scholarship, as well as a copy of the last payslip to conflictology@unitar.org

Apply Now

Before applying, we strongly recommend students to review carefully all information on this page.

To apply, click the "Apply here" link below and follow the instructions. Applications become complete and ready for review once all required items have been received by UNITAR. Students should allow 2 to 3 weeks from the date they submitted their application for its review by the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will notify applicants by email if their file is missing any documents and again when their file is complete for review. These notifications are sent to the email address provided in the online application.

If granted, admission is valid for two intakes, the intake the candidate applies for and the following.

Should you need any guidance or additional information, please contact us at:

United Nations Institute for Training and Research
Peacekeeping Training Programme
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
E-mail: conflictology@unitar.org

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
School of Cooperation
Edifici Media-TIC
Carrer de Roc Boronat 117
08018 Barcelona, Spain
E-mail: mguardiolalop@uoc.edu
Website: www.uoc.edu

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