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Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding
MA or PGCert
Our Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding MA is aimed at practitioners already working in these fields, but also those working in related areas.
We designed and deliver this course jointly with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). This gives you access to resources and support from both institutions online and in the field through UN missions. We also use the knowledge and expertise of the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP).
A flexible and user-friendly online learning environment enables you to learn from your workplace. During the course you will:
- investigate cutting-edge issues in the field
- propose innovative tools
- reflect on current field practices
- broaden your perceptions
- develop and refine the hard and soft skills needed to work effectively.
You will have support from a team of academic experts and top-ranked practitioners. And field experts for specific topics.
This course is also relevant for practitioners working in other fields interested in exploring opportunities in conflict transformation.
How to apply
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Fees are quoted for the first year only, fees for the second year will remain the same
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
This course has been designed to be studied by students working in the field.
100% Online delivery
The programme is 100% online conducted via webinars, tutorials, discussions and group work. The workload per module is estimated to be 200 hours per module divided into four types of activities.
Around 25 % of your time will be spent in staff-led activities such as webinars, tutorials and discussions, 25% of your time will be spent in self-led activities such as readings or independent exercises, another 25 % will be used in preparing your assignments and finally the remaining quarter of your workload will be directly derived from or based on professional past of current practices.
This part-time programme is usually studied over 30 months. Being part-time, it allows you to remain in the field working whilst completing your studies. However, you can extend your studies if needed and take up to 5 years to complete it. Or finish it in 24 months if you can take time off work to complete the course.
You have the option to start this course in January. You will study a range of modules between January and May. During the summer months of June, July and August you will study further modules and begin work on your dissertation. Between September and December you will complete your final modules and focus on your dissertation.
This course is a joint initiative from the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) at Oxford Brookes and the UNITAR Peacekeeping Training programme.
The CENDEP is a multidisciplinary research centre. We develop practice-oriented approaches for conflict, and disaster-settings. And focus on:
- humanitarian action
- human rights
Our research contributes to knowledge for the development of:
- global policy-making
- development of national laws and strategies
- mobilisation and engagement with local communities.
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Peacekeeping Training Programme contributes to the international community’s efforts towards the peaceful resolution of conflicts. And the building of lasting peace. Training and capacity-development activities cover:
- economic development and social inclusion
- environmental sustainability and green development
- sustainable peace
- research and technology applications.
After you graduate
This course is ideal for a career in the field of humanitarian action, conflict transformation or related fields, such as:
- civil servants or diplomats in charge of humanitarian affairs
- academics teaching humanitarian practices
- journalists seeking a better understanding of humanitarian issues
- military personnel ready to be deployed in a field of operation where humanitarian actions are taking place.
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.