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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 quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
We use a unique and innovative learning approach with three strands:
This web-based learning community offers diversity and flexibility based mostly on collaborative work. Most of the learning activities are based on discussion and confrontation of ideas and practices to enhance peer to peer learning and discourse.
The workplace as the main learning environment
This allows learners from all countries to engage with our global community of reflective practitioners.
Innovative multicultural and multidisciplinary approaches
The course merges practice-based knowledge from field practitioners with research outputs from practice-oriented scholars. We use studies and theories from:
- social sciences
- peace and conflict studies
- political sciences
- urban planning
This part-time programme is usually studied over 30 months. However, you can 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.
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.