The Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding master’s degree program is designed for practitioners already working in these fields and related areas. It is offered in collaboration with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and is supported by the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP). This program provides a unique opportunity to access resources and support from both institutions, both online and in the field through UN missions.
This program is delivered through a flexible and user-friendly online learning environment, allowing students to continue working while pursuing their degree. Throughout the course, students will engage with cutting-edge issues in the field, explore innovative tools, reflect on current field practices, and develop both hard and soft skills required for effective work in humanitarian action and peacebuilding. Support and guidance will be provided by a team of academic experts, top-ranked practitioners, and field experts with specific knowledge in various topics.
Additionally, this program is relevant not only for individuals already involved in humanitarian action and peacebuilding but also for practitioners from other fields who are interested in exploring opportunities in conflict transformation.
To apply for this program, applicants must meet specific entry requirements, including holding an approved honors degree (or equivalent) at 2:1 or above in a relevant discipline, preferably with some experience in humanitarian action and peacebuilding or related fields. Alternatively, applicants with a relevant recognized diploma and/or certified professional qualification and 3 to 5 years of experience in humanitarian action and peacebuilding or related fields may apply. In exceptional cases, individuals with qualifications or experience demonstrating equivalent knowledge and capabilities may also be considered for admission.
English language proficiency is required for admission, with a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, including a minimum score of 6.0 across all four components of the test. Please refer to the University’s general entry requirements and standard English language requirements for additional information.