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Master in Conflict, Peace and Security

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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.

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The Master’s Degree and related qualifications (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.

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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-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.


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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 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, whereas each is awarded upon completion of 31 ECTS


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 – Specialization in Armed Conflict and the Postgraduate Certificate – Specialization in Crisis Management and Strategic Planning is 1 to 2 years, respectively.

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, and possess a valid passport or national ID card. Same requirements apply for the other programmes.

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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 help students during the application process. Students are encouraged to email the Project Manager at conflictology@unitar.org 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.

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 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 (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.

Recommendation Letter 
One academic/professional letter of recommendation is required. Recommenders can submit recommendations directly 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 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.

Tuition Fees and Financial Aid

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

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

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

Financial Aid

UNITAR supports a comprehensive programme of student financial assistance based on need and merit. While providing financial aid and awarding scholarships, UNITAR is committed to the highest standards of transparency and fairness.

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.


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.

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To apply, please 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
E-mail: conflictology@unitar.org

Mr. Alfred Salat Rosas
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss, 5
08860 Castelldefels (Barcelona)
E-mail: asalat@uoc.edu
Website: www.uoc.edu

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