2022/2023 UNITAR Master in Conflict, Peace and Security in Switzerland (Funded)

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Application Deadline: September 15, 2022


The online 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 leading academic experts and experienced practitioners. Built on the combined expertise of UNITAR and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, the Master’s programme aims to equip participants with a broad analytical skillset, as well as with first-hand knowledge and insights coming directly from the field.

The Master’s programme and related Specializations 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, researchers or anyone with an initial knowledge of and interest in conflicts and the best ways to address them constructively. By choosing the Master in Conflict, Peace and Security, students gain access to a broad community of faculty, peers and alumni spread all across the world. Becoming a part of this community is a valuable asset for life.

Each application will be reviewed by the Selection Committee of UNITAR and UOC. To gain admission on the official Master’s course, candidates must have an official university degree. This notwithstanding, UNITAR and the UOC may admit candidates with pending degrees, as long as all necessary courses for said degrees were passed. The Selection Committee will verify prior to enrolment that the courses taken were the equivalent level of a university degree and that they allow admission to postgraduate courses in the country of issue of the qualification. Candidates must be proficient in English and have reliable access to the internet.

UNITAR and UOC offer only a limited number of partially funded scholarships to students in need of financial aid from LDCs. Scholarship allocation at UNITAR is very competitive and not each suitable candidate can be offered the partial scholarship funding.

If you want to be considered for a scholarship, you must tick the relevant box during the pre-registration process. UNITAR actively searches for funds to sponsor the tuition fees of qualified applicants. The terms and conditions associated with the award will be agreed by UNITAR and the donor on a bilateral basis. In case a donors does not wish to apply specific criteria, UNITAR will select applicants based on the following criteria:

  • Likelihood to implement activities related to peace and conflict management in a conflict or post-conflict context;
  • Citizenship of a developing country;
  • Low financial resources;
  • Active demand by the applicant;
  • No previous studies at the graduate level;
  • Years of relevant professional experience;
  • Academic excellence at the high school and undergraduate levels.

In case of equal qualifications, female applicants and applicants from LDCs will be considered preferably.

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