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The Master in Conflict, Peace and Security is a unique opportunity designed to enhance the understanding of conflicts in all their dimensions and to explore innovative approaches to their management, resolution and transformation, with the help 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's programme in Conflict, Peace and Security aims to equip participants with a broad analytical skillset, first-hand knowledge and unique expertise from the field.
The Master’s Degree and related qualifications (Postgraduate Certificates and Specialization Courses - please, see below for more information) are suitable both for professionals working in conflict-prone environments within the framework of international, regional, governmental or non-governmental organizations, and for graduate students, young researchers or other academics interested in enhancing their understanding of conflicts and acquiring skills to better address them. By choosing the Master in Conflict, Peace and Security, students gain access to a broad community of alumni spread across the world. Becoming a part of this community will be a valuable asset for a lifetime.
The programme is grounded in a distinctive student-centred, multidisciplinary approach, in which the workplace is used as the main learning environment. Using the Internet as a medium, students, practitioners and scholars are brought together in a unique virtual learning environment designed to foster experiential and collaborative learning.
Distinctive features of the Master and related academic programmes include:
- Full online delivery, allowing for a flexible schedule designed to fit the specific needs of full-time working professionals;
- Student-centred 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 to the diversity of paradigms, perceptions and intellectual traditions;
- Multi-disciplinary approach.
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 Game 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 the 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, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students may alternatively opt for any of our shorter academic programmes:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Armed Conflict - 31 ECTS
- Postgraduate Certificate in Crisis Management and Strategic Planning - 31 ECTS
- Specialization Course in Conflict, Peace and Gender - 13 ECTS
- Specialization Course in Strategic Conflict Management - 16 ECTS
- Specialization Course in Intercultural Conflict Management - 14 ECTS
- Specialization Course in Human Security and Peace Operations - 13 ECTS
For more information about the short programmes above, please consult this page.
The Master in Conflict, Peace and Security programme has a flexible duration with an average of 2 years needed to complete all the requirements. However, the programme can be extended to up to 6 semesters (3 years). The minimum and maximum duration of both the Postgraduate Certificate in Armed Conflict and the Postgraduate Certificate in Crisis Management and Strategic Planning is 1 to 2 years, respectively. Each Specialization Course has a duration of 4 months.
In order to be considered for the Master in Conflict, Peace and Security and related qualifications, students must have completed an undergraduate degree, be fluent in English, and possess a valid passport or national ID card.
Same requirements and deadlines apply for the other shorter programmes.
To be considered for the Fall term: 30 September 2023.
To be considered for the Spring term: 15 January 2024.
Applications received after the final deadline are evaluated case by case on a rolling basis.
The Project Manager is available to help students during the application process. Students are encouraged to email the Project Manager at email@example.com with any questions.
All applicants are required to apply online at: http://ptpreg.unitar.org/auth/login. Students must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to be considered, applicants need to submit all the required documentation, particularly their passport/national ID and previous degrees (including transcripts). Once these are uploaded, please click 'SUBMIT', and we will get back to as soon as possible.
Required Supporting Materials
Passport / National ID
Applicants must submit a scanned copy of a valid passport or national ID card. Scans should be clear and legible.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 (Optional)
Applicants are encouraged to 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. Providing a writing sample is optional, but will increase the chances of your application being successful.
Motivation Letter / Statement of Purpose (Optional)
Applicants are encouraged to 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. Providing a motivation letter is optional, but will increase the chances of your application being successful.
One academic/professional letter of recommendation is required. Recommenders can submit recommendations directly by e-mail at email@example.com.
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 submit 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. Please, check that your address is correct.
If granted, admission is valid for two intakes, the intake the candidate applies for and the following.
The total fee of the Master’s degree is EUR 7.408.
- The total fee of the Postgraduate Certificate – Specialization in Armed Conflict is EUR 4.445.
- The total fee of the Postgraduate Certificate – Specialization in Crisis Management and Strategic Planning is EUR 4.445.
- The total fee of the Specialization Course in Conflict, Peace and Gender is EUR 1.975.
- The total fee of the Specialization Course in Strategic Conflict Management is EUR 1.975.
- The total fee of the Specialization Course in Intercultural Conflict Management is EUR 1.975.
- The total fee of the Specialization Course in Human Security and Peace Operations is EUR 1.975.
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply, please click here and follow the instructions.
Please note that applications for all programmes (including Certificates and Courses) are accepted through the same system/link.
What our students say
"This Master’s degree gives us a complete picture of how the United Nations works and provide us with instruments to better analyze conflicts and develop mediation strategies to apply between parties in conflict. […] It taught me that the more diverse points of view are, the more enriching the final result will be”.
Leticia Álvarez Reguera, UNASOM Communication Officer, Somalia
“The knowledge and skills obtained in the programme have significantly improved my ability to deliver with confidence in the conflict area. I have come to understand that violence is not inescapable, we only need to understand why people behave this way and meet their needs […] The philosophy behind the global peace movement tells us that everyone is important and that all of us have something to contribute".
Judith Draleru, UNV midwife, South Sudan
"Born, raised, and living in a country where I witnessed first hand over 10 conflicts, the last of which is a nationwide war that is still raging for the past six years, I knew I needed to learn the necessary skills to proactively help in resolving and bringing peace. Which is why I reached out to UNITAR where I received training and education on a range of critical tools and subjects from peace operations, scientifically deconstructing and understanding conflicts, importance of human security, to correct ways of conflict resolution and building a sustainable peace. It was a very enriching learning experience where I learned from both teachers and students who shared a wealth of knowledge and wisdom from practical experiences. This was extremely useful when applied to my work in designing peace initiatives, capacity building programmes, and even sustainable development projects."
Hisham Al-Omeisy, Conflict Analyst, Yemen
"When you are on the ground, you still have to think about the formal knowledge, it is not only about experience.This programme is intellectually challenging, but it is also very flexible and tailored to your needs as a working professional. I have a really great impression of UNITAR and the people behind, and I can recommend this degree to others".
Eloá dos Santos Prado, UNDP, Jordan
"The course has literally transformed my worldview. This study journey has opened up new avenues for me and a new way of thinking about and approaching peace and conflict. The obtained knowledge on the philosophy of peace and non-violent social movements has improved my skills to engage with policy makers to build peaceful social systems, societies and communities to make the world a better place to live in for the future generations".
Saumendra Nath De, UN Office of Internal Oversight Services, USA
"Working with people who have been affected by conflict needs special understanding and special approach. To have effective reach out to marginalized communities, you need to have some prior exposure to experiences and views of different people. Through this programme, I have come to appreciate the fact that people think differently, and understood that it was possible to find a common solution together".
Elestina Yvonne Phuka, Midwife and Reproductive Health Coach working with refugees, Ethiopia
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