Peacekeeping Training Programme


Complex man-made crises, conflicts, violence and unrests have become a global concern for the international community. Designing interventions in these extremely volatile environments requires specific knowledge and skills, to minimize negative impacts and maximize opportunities for positive and sustainable changes.

Built on the expertise of UNITAR and Oxford Brookes University (OBU), the Master in Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding explores the interactions between these two fields, by linking theory with practice and applied knowledge. The programme envisages online lectures, discussions with key practitioners and the sharing of experiences, critical reflections, within the framework of an action research-based approach. The aim of the programme is to enhance reflective practices combining the art of conflict sensitive approaches to humanitarian and peacebuilding programming with the appreciation of the wider context in which these interventions unfold.

The programme is designed for practitioners working in the fields of humanitarian action and peacebuilding, though is open also to personnel working in related fields (such as military and police officers deployed or about to be deployed in field operations, civil servants – including diplomats – in charge of humanitarian affairs, academics teaching humanitarian affairs, journalists, etc.) seeking to develop a more holistic understanding of critical issues related to humanitarian action and peacebuilding. Finally, the programme addresses practitioners working in other professional sectors, interested in exploring opportunities in the fields of humanitarian action and peacebuilding.

Main topics covered by the Master in Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding include:

  • Contexts of humanitarian action and peacebuilding;
  • Theories and practices related to the different dimensions of humanitarian action and peacebuilding – with a specific focus on protection actions;
  • Methods and tools (for mapping, assessment, management, etc.) needed by practitioners working in the fields of humanitarian action and peacebuilding to address current and emerging challenges.


A distinctive student-centered, multidisciplinary approach, in which the workplace is used as the main learning environment.

UNITAR and OBU have developed an 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 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.


The average duration of the Master and PG Diploma is 30 months (minimum duration: 2 years; maximum duration: 5 years). The average duration of the PG Certificate is 12 months (maximum duration: 2 years).

Application Information

The programme is open to all candidates who fulfil at least one of the following conditions:

  • Hold an approved undergraduate honors degree (or equivalent) at '1st’ or ‘upper second class' (i.e. a ‘2:1’) in a relevant discipline and preferably experience in the field of humanitarian action and peace-building or related fields;
  • Hold a relevant recognized diploma and/or certified professional training and 3 to 5 years of experience in the field of humanitarian action and peacebuilding or related fields;
  • Have substantial and proven field experience of minimum 10 years in humanitarian action, peacebuilding and related fields.

English Language

If first language is not English, student must satisfy English language requirements providing evidence of an IELTS level of 6.5 or recognized equivalent. (See for guidance )

In exceptional circumstances, where applicants can show that they have qualifications or experience or both that demonstrate that they have knowledge and capabilities equivalent to those possessed by holders of the qualifications listed above, they may be admitted with a dispensation from the requirement to possess those qualifications.

Admission with Credits

Applications will also be considered from potential candidates who wish to seek accreditation for their prior experiential learning or earlier qualifications. Applicants with prior certificated or experiential learning who make the case in writing with appropriate supporting documents may be admitted with exemption from or credit for, up to two-thirds of the credit value of the Brookes Postgraduate award (see programme regulations).

Application Instructions

The Project Managers are available to students during the application process. Students are encouraged to email the Project Managers at or with any questions during the application process.

All applicants are required to apply online through UK Pass. Students must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission. More information on the application process are available at:

Tuition and Fees

8’500 GBP

Financial Aid

The primary responsibility of the Project Managers is to ensure that admitted students can enroll and continuing students can complete their courses of study. UNITAR and OBU support a comprehensive programme of student financial assistance based on need and merit. UNITAR and OBU are 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


To foster diversity within the programme, UNITAR and OBU offer competitive merit-based scholarships to talented students in need of financial aid. Scholarships are based on a percentage of tuition. Scholarships are provided by long-time donors of the Institute. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students 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

Apply Now

To apply, click here and follow the instructions:

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

Oxford Brookes University
Centre for Development and Emergency Practice
School of Architecture
Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment
Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX30BP