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CENDEP offers two masters degrees, one on site and one online. Onsite, we offer the award-winning Development and Emergency Practice (DEP). Fully online, we offer a masters degree in Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding (HAP). Both degrees can also be taken as a postgraduate certificate. We also offer a postgraduate certificate in Shelter after Disaster (SAD).

Postgraduate taught masters

Development and Emergency Practice (MA / PGDip / PGCert)

The award-winning master’s provides a unique academic setting for the study of poverty, development and humanitarian work, conflict and disaster management. With its core emphasis on practice, the programme offers students the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes in the rapidly changing field of development and emergencies. The programme attracts students from all backgrounds, from experienced practitioners to those new to development.

Children gathered around an aid worker

Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding (MA / PGDip / PGCert)

The course has been built utilising the knowledge and expertise of CENDEP and UNITAR. It is an online course designed for practitioners working in the fields of humanitarian action and peacebuilding. It is also open to students who are in related fields who are seeking to develop a more holistic understanding of critical issues related to humanitarian action and peacebuilding.

Refugee carrying a baby

Shelter after Disaster (PGCert)

The quantity and severity of natural disasters are increasing as our planet struggles with climate change, population growth and conflict. The need for effective ‘shelter after disaster’ – the provision of houses and homes for those affected – has never been greater. This programme is designed to develop reflective practitioners who will have an understanding of the practical and strategic issues of development and emergency practice, as well as an appreciation of the social and political context.

Rebuilding a home

Wilkinson Scholarship in Development and Emergency Practice

Abubakar M. Garba
Abubakar M. Garba, DEP masters student and Wilkinson scholarship holder 2020/21

“Thanks to the Wilkinson Scholarship, I have been able to pursue a long-cherished dream of studying the MA DEP programme at CENDEP, Oxford Brookes University. By the end of the programme, I feel I am well equipped to begin a new professional journey designing and implementing sustainable interventions that will improve the lives of my people locally as well as on an international level.”


Award: £10,500

Full-Time Students

Number Of Awards: 1 

Research Degrees

CENDEP welcomes doctoral students working on relevant themes. Our doctoral students are an essential and valued part of the research environment and are included in research meetings and discussions, reading and writing groups. 

CENDEP is part of the Research Degree programme in the School of Architecture and the doctoral training programme of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment with streams in arts, social sciences and engineering.

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