Masters in Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding

United Nations Institute for Training and Research Masters Programmes

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United Nations’ online postgraduate programmes in security, development and humanitarian affairs

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Full time & Part time September, January PgCert, PgDip, MA Master and PG Diploma: 30 months; PG Certificate: 12 months

About the course

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

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Entry Requirements

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.


£9,020 over 2 years

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Student Profile(s)

Farzana Raja

"You know when you like something so much that you think of it all the time? This Master's is like that for me. We learn about things that are happening right now in the world. I like the methodology as well; there are lots of discussions and experience-sharing among the participants and the experts delivering the modules. It feels like you're actually working and living all over the world, benefiting from 100 years of experience by learning from them, so it's very motivating".

Humanitarian and Founder of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Pakistan

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