conflictology rules

Academic regulations

Admissions to the Master in Conflictology

All students who wish to be admitted to the Master in Conflictology are required to submit proof of the personal data they provide in the application, as well as any relevant admission criteria. The misrepresentation or omission of personal data or admission documents submitted to UNITAR will result in the cancellation of enrollment and the removal of transcripts.

Admissions requirements

In order to be considered for the Master in Conflictology, students must have completed an undergraduate degree, be fluent in English, and possess a valid passport or national ID card. These requirements also apply to the specialization certificates (Specialization in Crisis Management or Specialization in Armed Conflicts) and the post-graduate certificate.


Deadline for submission of admission document

To be considered for the Fall-term, students must submit the required admissions materials by 31 August. Students who wish to be considered for the Spring Term must do so by 31 January. Should students submit the materials after the final deadline, the Admissions Committee will evaluate the application on a rolling basis. If applications are incomplete or incorrect, UNITAR will request the documents again and give the students a new deadline to submit them. These notifications are sent to the email address provided in the online application. The Project Manager is available to students during the application process. Students are encouraged to email the Project Manager at with any questions during the application process.

Application status

Applications become complete and ready for review once all required items have been received by UNITAR. Students should allow 2 to 3 weeks from the date they submitted their application for its review by the Selection Committee. If granted admission to the programme, the offer is valid for two intakes, including the intake the candidate applies for first.

Enrollment requirements for Master’s Final Project

After completing the 16 mandatory modules, students are required to write a Master final project on a relevant topic of interest. The academic prerequisites must first be completed by the date the enrolment is processed for the Master’s final project. In exceptional circumstances and with the authorization from the Programme Directors, students who have not met all of the prerequisites may be considered for enrolment in the final project.

Modifying enrollment

Students who wish to modify their enrollment by either including new courses, withdrawing from a subject, or substituting a given subject with others must be granted authorization from the Programme Directors to ensure that they adhere to the minimum and maximum course loads. Withdrawing from one or more subjects constitutes as partially modifying the enrolment. Students who withdraw from the programme entirely, on the other hand, are subject to the cancellation of enrollment and the closing of transcripts.

Academic integrity

It is the responsibility of all students to use the proper Harvard referencing system in all their written work. It is also important that students cite the sources of their work properly. The UOC and UNITAR assessment process is based on students’ personal work and presumes that all exercises completed are the students’ own original work. In the case of plagiarism and serious academic offenses in the assessment process, the facilitator in charge of the course (when it occurs within the scope of a single course) or the Programme Directors (when it occurs within the scope of multiple courses) will assess the students’ actions and decide on the corresponding mark. Students will receive a written warning reminding them of the unacceptable nature of plagiarism, which may give rise to disciplinary action.

Official degree certificates

The UOC follows the rules of organization and procedure for official university certificate registers, taking into account the principle of coordination with the Spanish Ministry of Education’s National Register of Official University Graduates. The format and content of official university degree certificates are as provided for under Spanish law. Once the courses leading to the award of the official certificate have been successfully completed, UOC closes the students’ transcript and notifies them that they may request the certificate in question.

Delivery of the certificate

Once the competent ministry has validated the certificate, UNITAR will inform students that they must choose where to have their official university degree certificate delivered. In the event of the loss, theft, total or partial destruction or rectification of the content of the degree certificate, students must request the issue of a duplicate certificate and pay the corresponding fees. The cost of the issue fee for the duplicate official certificate is borne by the student, unless the cause of the damages of the official certificate is attributable to the UOC and UNITAR.


Personal transcript

The personal transcript is the official document issued by the UOC and UNITAR at the student’s request, accrediting the status of the student’s academic transcript at the time the certificate is requested.

The personal transcript will include the following information, as applicable:

  • The student’s name and surnames;
  • The curriculum completed;
  • The subjects taken, including the marks earned, the subject type, and the number of credits;
  • The number of credits;
  • The milestones reached;
  • The overall average mark for the transcript;
  • The date of


Official transcript

Official transcripts include the following information:


  • The student’s name and surnames;
  • The student’s ID number;
  • The means by which the student was admitted to the programme;
  • The curriculum completed;
  • The subjects taking, including the marks earned;
  • The subject types;
  • The number of credits;
  • The milestones reached;
  • The date of

The personal and official transcript is signed by the UOC president’s proxy for such matters, whose signature is recognized by the ministry with jurisdiction over universities. To request a transcript, students must submit proof of payment of the associated fee. Personal and official transcripts are sent by post to the address provided by the student.

Code of rights and responsibilities

Rights and responsibilities

In order to guarantee equal opportunity when students exercise their academic rights, discrimination against on account of birth, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, opinion, religion or any other personal or social circumstance are encouragingly prohibited. Access and use of the Virtual Campus and relevant materials should be in accordance with the corresponding rules and terms and conditions of use. Confidentiality for login details is students’ own responsibilities, likewise the UOC and UNITAR guarantees the absolute confidentiality of the personal data of student entrusted to it. Assessment and accreditation for completed studies will be processed in accordance with current law and academic regulations. All other rights are provided for under current university law.


Guarantee of rights and responsibilities

Notwithstanding the terms of the preceding paragraphs, the UOC and UNITAR assume no liability with regard to the individual behavior of students on the Virtual Campus or in any of its other virtual areas, whether public or private.


Serious misconduct

Discrimination on grounds of birth, race, ethnicity, sex, religion, language, opinion – verbal or written insults, harassment, slander or libel - or any other personal or social circumstance will be considered as inappropriate and strongly prohibited. Copying, plagiarism or cheating by any means to obtain a higher mark, or attempting to manage to fake or cheat the systems for verifying academic performance will be regarded as serious misconduct.


Sanctions for minor misconduct

The following sanctions will be applied in cases of minor misconduct including verbal or written warning, temporary suspension of the students’ right to participate in the online learning platform, and temporary suspension of the right to use certain services offered by the UOC and UNITAR. The temporary suspension will be for a period of less than one semester.


Scale of the sanctions

The scale and specific type of sanction will depend on the seriousness of the misconduct and will be determined by the competent bodies within the UOC and UNITAR in accordance with the following criteria:


  • The existence (or lack thereof) of intent or bad faith;
  • Repetition of the conduct;
  • Recidivism, due to the commission of more than one offence of the same type sanctioned by the competent body;
  • Whether or not an apology was offered, as evidenced in the reporting of the offence to UOC and UNITAR authorities before the disciplinary proceedings could be instigated;
  • Threat or intimidation;
  • The use of insider information;
  • Restitution of


Record of the sanctions

Sanctions are recorded on the students’ transcript, although they will not be subject to academic certification. The hard-copy transcripts will include all the documents comprised in the file for the disciplinary proceedings, where as electronic transcripts will indicate the sanction imposed and the period for which it was applied. The investigation of allegations related to the academic offences will be handled by the Programme Directors. Students have the option to appeal the decision within a period of 10 calendar days from the day after the notification. The UOC’s Executive Management Council is tasked with deciding the appeal and considers the actions carried out during the disciplinary proceedings and recorded in the file.


Prescription of misconduct and sanctions

Gross misconduct will prescribe after three years, serious misconduct after one year, and minor misconduct after six months. Sanctions for gross misconduct will prescribe after three years, sanctions for serious misconduct after two years, and sanctions for minor misconduct after one year. The prescription period for misconduct begins the moment the offence is committed, except in the case of ongoing offences, in which case it will begin from the moment the offence ceased to be committed. The prescription period will be interrupted upon notification of the decision to instigate disciplinary proceedings. It will be reopened if the disciplinary proceedings are stalled for more than three months for reasons that cannot be attributed to the interested party. The prescription period for sanctions begins the moment the decision regarding the disciplinary proceedings becomes final.

Financial regulations

Right of withdrawal

The right of withdrawal consists of the possibility that students have to cancel their enrollment, rendering it without effect, without the need to justify the decision and without penalty, within a maximum period of seven business days from the date the enrollment was processed. In order to exercise the right of withdrawal, students must file the corresponding request through the channels established for this purpose by the UOC and return the learning resources with the original seal intact to the stipulated address. The cost of returning the learning resources will be borne by the student. Once the right of withdrawal has been exercised, in accordance with the stipulated deadline and terms, the student may request that the enrollment be re-activated, rendering the withdrawal without effect. This request must be made using the standardized form provided for this purpose by the UOC and prior to the start of the semester.


Partial modification

Partial modifications may be made to enrollments on official courses processed during the current enrollment period except with regard to subjects for which the student has exercised his or her right of withdrawal. Students may only partially modify an enrollment once, except in the following cases, in which the modifications will be made automatically by UOC, preferably within the enrollment modification period. Personal and financial circumstances can be considered as a valid recognition for students to make partial modifications. The following grounds for partial modification of the enrollment shall be considered attributable to the UOC and UNITAR:


  • If the UOC and UNITAR cancels the subject or subjects due to insufficient enrollment;
  • Errors in the validation of the enrollment proposal;
  • Any other cause attributable to the UOC and UNITAR not provided for in the preceding


Financial consequences of the partial modification of the enrollment

Partial modifications made to include additional subjects in an enrollment entail payment of the fee for the provision of the additional teaching-related academic services and learning resources. Partial modifications made to replace one subject with another have the following financial consequences:


  • If the original subject is replaced  with  a  subject  consisting  of  more or  fewer credits, the difference in the price of the teaching-related academic service provided in each case and the cost of the learning resources for the new subject will be charged.


Partial modifications made to cancel one or more subjects will entail a refund of the price of the teaching-related academic service when the cancellation is made on grounds attributable to UOC or UNITAR due to 1) an error in the validation of the enrolment proposal 2) insufficient enrollment on a subject that is not replaced with another.


Cancellation of the enrollment due to voluntary withdrawal

Should an enrollment be cancelled due to voluntary withdrawal of the student after the deadline for exercising the right of withdrawal has passed, no  amount will  be  refunded. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the subjects from which the student is withdrawing have not yet been marked and the enrollment is cancelled on any of the following grounds, the corresponding refund, where applicable, will be made: death, serious illness and personal or financial circumstances with submission of photocopy of a relevant document or medical certificate.


Automatic cancellation of the enrollment

Enrollments will be automatically cancelled in the following cases:


  • Non-payment;
  • Fraud or gross irregularities in the student’s admission details or in any other information provided to the University and considered relevant thereby;
  • Violation or serious and culpable breach of the UOC and UNITAR regulations;
  • Phasing out of the curriculum or course;
  • Failure to fulfil the admission


Payment methods

  • One-off payment: bank transfer or online card payment (POS terminal);
  • Installment payments: bank


Cases of non-payment

Non-payment is understood as the failure of a student to pay the enrollment fee by the deadline established for payment according to the terms of each payment method. The non-payment of the enrollment fee should occur before the student is granted access to the learning platform or, where applicable, before the learning resources are dispatched, the enrollment will simply be automatically cancelled.


Sanction for non-payment

If the UOC and UNITAR have not received proof of payment of the enrollment fee or proof of the modification of the enrollment by the deadline established for the chosen method, it must notify the student by e-mail and set a new deadline for the student to provide proof of payment or, where applicable, to make the payment using the payment method expressly stated in the notification. Once the payment has been verified, the sanction for non-payment will be lifted; it will cease to have effect on the first business day following the date of verification.

Payment of refunds

Any applicable refunds will be paid by means of the fastest possible payment method. If the amount of the refund is greater than the outstanding balance, the UOC and UNITAR will only refund the difference.


Deadline for payment of refunds

Any applicable refunds will be made the month after the month in which students are notified of their right to the refund. Payment will always be made within thirty days of the date of this notification.

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