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CENDEP offers two masters degrees, one on site and one online. Onsite, we offer the award-winning Global Development and Humanitarian Practice. 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

Global Development and Humanitarian Practice (MA or PGDip or PGCert)

Development and humanitarian practice is a complex, rapidly evolving blend of issues and challenges in the 21st century. And we teach it as such.

Study the political context of an armed conflict or natural hazard and how this can influence humanitarian efforts and human-rights-based responses. You can look at which development approaches have increased the impacts of climate change and disasters – and explore how cultural differences affect outcomes. Or gain a practical understanding of designing aid programmes, factoring in long term development goals, humanitarian imperatives and adaptive working.

You’ll investigate issues such as international human rights practices. Humanitarianism. Refugee experience. You’ll consider gender, diversity and equality; discovering what it takes to create an inclusive civil society. You’ll learn about design in emergency contexts and housing after disasters.

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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