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Strategic Peace and Conflict Studies (SPACS) is an innovative and interdisciplinary joint programme of Collegium Civitas (CC) and The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). 

The programme has been developed following the Memorandum of Understanding signed in June 2020 and is based on the experience and know-how of both institutions. SPACS is the first programme of this kind in Poland, and one of the very few in Europe.

SPACS combines the knowledge from such fields as: international relations, sociology, psychology, international law, economy, human rights, security studies, and others to generate a comprehensive body of knowledge, and to arrive with 21st century solutions to 21st century problems.


SPACS is designed for those who do not want to just observe the world events but who want to take actions that transform societies hit by conflict and different types of violence into societies enjoying high level of positive peace. Those who want to be the leaders of tomorrow are those who enroll in SPACS. The programme encourages both current university students (and recent graduates) of such programs as international relations, sociology, psychology, security, art and others, as well as professionals, who want to take their career to the next level, to apply.

The programme is aimed at empowering students to:

  • Understand the root causes of violence and international conflicts and foundations of long lasting peace;
  • Develop practical skills necessary for the process of conflict transformation and positive social change;
  • Develop and deploy peacebuilding strategies at the policy level, the middle-level and the grassroots level.

What distinguishes this programme from others is a holistic and practical approach which enables students to develop new ways of thinking about current global problems. After the completion of the program, students will be able to critically analyze current events and policy decisions and will develop skills needed to effect change both at the community and at the high policy level.

The main goal is to transform students into well-educated and skilled peacebuilders who will be able to assess and lead positive social changes at both the grassroots level and the high-policy level. Therefore, there will be a strong emphasis on the personal and professional development of students in the program, which will allow them to respond holistically to a range of challenges faced in the field.



SPACS001 European Economic & Political Integration

SPACS002 International Political Economy

SPACS003 Contemporary International Relations:Theory & Practice

SPACS004 Decision-Making in International Relations

SPACS005 Foundations in Peace and Conflict Studies: General Issues

SPACS006 People’s Power in Positive Social Change

SPACS007 Rule of Law: International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law: Organizations, Systems, and New Challenges

SPACS008 International Conflict Analysis


SPACS009 Globalization Process

SPACS010 Social and Economic Contexts of Modern Conflicts

SPACS012 Trade, Aid, and Development

SPACS013 Foundations in Peace and Conflict Studies: Specific Issues

SPACS014 Approaches to Conflict Transformation: From Peace Making to a Culture of Peace

SPACS015 Designing Peacebuilding Initiatives for Implementation

SPACS016 Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization

SPACS017 International Organizations in Conflicts and Crises


SPACS018 Applied Leadership Workshop: A Critical Review of UN Practice 

SPACS019 Psychology of Peace and Conflict

SPACS020 Gender in Peacebuilding

SPACS021 Diploma Seminar Part I & II


SPACS022 Reflective Practice: Professional Development Seminar

SPACS023 Building Peace Though Arts

Career prospects

Collegium Civitas

  “When I look at the world events, I am more and more certain that nothing is more important than understanding peace in all of its dimensions and knowing the ways how to build it in all the spheres of our lives. In SPACS program we do our best to help students become knowledgeable and skilled peacebuilders ready to make changes both at the local and the international level.”Ms. Katarzyna A. Przybyła, Head of Strategic Peace and Conflict Studies. Collegium Civitas

Strategic Peace and Conflict Studies programme is designed to enhance students’ theoretical and – most importantly – practical knowledge and skills in changing European and global environments. Graduates will be able to pursue their careers in a broadly understood field of peacebuilding in various global, regional and local settings.

Some career opportunities include policy advising; research and analysis; human rights protection and advocacy; mediations/negotiations (both community and international level); education; program development in NGOs, international organizations (eg. UN, NATO, EU, OSCE) and programmes; grassroots-level initiatives and socially-sensitive businesses.


The average duration of the Master in Strategic Peace and Conflict Studies is 24 months.

Application Information

Application fee - 85 PLN

The application fee is not refundable. The tuition fee may be paid back in special circumstances upon a written request (to such situations we refer: student entry visa denial, a medical emergency, etc.). Should a student experience a situation of this kind, he or she must refer to The Admissions Office for further instructions.

All programs conducted in English are subject to a minimum enrollment of 15 students. These programmes will not open unless the minimum enrollment requirement is met.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fee (per semester) - 10000 PLN

Programme fee for the 2021 and 2022 year is PLN 20,000. Each Student must pay the total Programme Fee on enrolment on the Programme. Those students requesting a payment plan, can pay the total Programme Fee in four equal installments – 30 days before the start of each of the two semesters per academic year. Re-take semester fees will be at the prevailing semester rate of PLN 10,000.

Payment recipient: Collegium Civitas, Plac Defilad 1, 00-901 Warsaw, Poland
Bank: Alior Bank S.A.;
Bank’s address: ul. Lopuszanska 38D, 02-232 Warsaw, Poland;
Account number: 95 2490 0005 0000 4600 1851 0196
IBAN: PL95 2490 0005 0000 4600 1851 0196

Please note banks generally charge an additional fee for international transfers. Bank charges are the responsibility of the applicant, therefore we advise you to ask your bank about additional charges before transferring your application fee to Collegium Civitas. Please ensure that the correct amount of application fee is deposited in our bank account after any charges have been deducted by your bank.


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

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Division for Peace
Avenue de la Paix 7 bis, CH-1202, 2 Geneva, Switzerland

Collegium Civitas

room 1210, Palace of Culture and Science, 12th floor
1 Defilad Square, 00-901 Warsaw, Poland

Email: admissions@civitas.edu.pl

Website: www.civitas.edu.pl

Ms.Katarzyna Przybyla

Head of Strategic Peace and Conflict Studies

Collegium Civitas

Email: katarzyna.przybyla@civitas.edu.pl

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