Master in Conflictology

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► Introduction
Violent conflicts and wars have been recurrent throughout history. Only in the first half of 2016, millions of individuals have been affected on a daily basis. From increased insecurity, to economic instability and the collapse of law and order, the effects of conflict at the local, national, regional and international levels are devastating.

Built on the expertise of UNITAR and the Univeristat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), the Master in Conflictology presents a unique opportunity to professionals working within the framework of international and regional organizations, as well as governmental and non-governmental institutions to examine conflicts in all of their dimensions and to explore innovative approaches for their management, resolution and transformation, through a network of world-leading academics and experts

The programme aims at professionals (civilian, military and police) working in conflict-prone environments, within the framework of international and regional organizations (United Nations, African Union, European Union – among others), as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations. Additionally, the Master’s Degree and related qualifications are open to graduate students, young researchers and other academics interest in understanding conflicts and acquiring skills to address them. By choosing the International Master’s Degree in Conflictology, students gain access to a broad group of alumni spread across the world. Becoming a part of this community will be a valuable asset for a lifetime.
► Approach

A student-centered, multidisciplinary approach, in which the workplace is used as the main learning environment UNITAR and UOC have developed an extensive expertise in the delivery of online programmes.

Using Internet as a medium, students, practitioners and scholars are brought together in a unique virtual learning environment designed to valorize experiential and collaborative learning.

Distinctive features of the Master include:

  •  Full online delivery, allowing for a flexible schedule designed to fit the specific needs of full-time working professionals;
  • Student-centered approach, in which the learner and the learning experience at the core of the programme; • Leading-edge insights into prevailing theories and practices;
  • Lifelong learning approach, in which the workplace is used as the main learning environment;
  • Multi-cultural pedagogy, particularly attentive at the diversity of paradigms, perceptions and intellectual traditions;
  • Multi-disciplinary approach.
► Required Courses

Students benefit from an experienced faculty of scholars and practitioners, peer-to-peer collaboration, and a curriculum that reflects current theory and practice.

UN.002             Introduction to Peace Operations
UN.003             History of United Nations Peace Operations
UN.000             Understanding Conflict and Conflict Analysis
UN.001             Conflict Resolution
B1.044              Media and Peacebuilding
B1.042              Philosophy of Peace
B1.048              Deconstructing War
B1.045              Crisis Management
UN.004             Human Security
B1.046              Economy and Conflict
B1.055              Project Armed Conflicts and Crisis Management
B1.051              Non Violence
B1.049              Intercultural/Ethnic Conflict and the Management of Diversity
B1.054              Business Ethics
B1.050              Family Mediation
B1.052              Business Mediation
B1.101              Mandate Evaluation
B1.053              Implementation of Conflict Strategy in Workplace and Commercial Conflicts
B1.700              Master's final project

The Master in Conflictology is awarded upon completion of 60 ECTS.

The Master in Conflictology is a UOC Certified Master’s Degree, awarded according to the rules and regulations set by the Spanish education system. Giving its specificity, it does not give general access to Doctoral studies (Ph.D. and similar). Validation of credits for access to such programmes can be requested from competent institutions. For more information, students should contact conflictology@unitar.org

Students may alternatively opt for a specialization certificate (Specialization in Crisis Management or Specialization in Armed Conflicts) upon completion of 15 credits or a post-graduate certificate (Post-graduate Certificate in Armed Conflicts and Crisis Management) upon completion of 30 credits.

► Duration

The maximum duration of the Master in Conflictology and the Post-graduate Certificate in Armed Conflict and Crisis Management shall be of 5 semesters. The minimum duration of both programmes shall be of 3 semesters. The maximum duration of the Specialization in Armed Conflict and the Specialization in Crisis Management shall be of 1 semester. The minimum duration of both programmes shall be of 1 semester.

► Application Information

In order to be considered for the Master in Conflictology, students must have completed an undergraduate degree, be fluent in English, possess a valid passport or national ID card. Same requirements apply for the other programmes.

Application Deadlines

  • To be considered for the Fall-term: 15 August
  • To be considered for the Spring-term: 15 January

Applications received after the final deadline are evaluated case by case on a rolling basis.

Application Instructions

The Project Manager is available to students during the application process. Students are encouraged to email the Project Manager at conflictology@unitar.org with any questions during the application process.

All applicants are required to apply online at: http://www.unitar.org/ptp/registration Students must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.

Required Application Materials

  • Application Form
    Applicants must complete the online application available at: http://www.unitar.org/ptp/registration
  • Passport / National ID
    Applicants must submit a scanned copy of a valid passport or national ID card. Scans must be clear and legible.
  • Transcripts
    Applicants must upload transcript, mark sheet, or academic record for each institution in the relevant section of the online application. All transcript uploads must be accompanied by a key, a legend, or the back copy of the transcript. Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation. Full name of the applicant must appear on the transcript/record. Scans must be clear and legible. Supporting documents (or any other document) must not be mailed if they have been uploaded with the online application, unless requested by the Selection Committee. In case of troubles uploading transcript, applicants shall email conflictology@unitar.org and give a detailed description of the issue and attach the document in question. UNITAR reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admission process. Any fraudulent activity or discrepancies found between uploaded and official transcripts will result in the immediate revocation of admission and/or dismissal from the programme.
  • Essay / Academic Writing Sample
    Applicants may submit a 400-word-limit academic writing sample, in English. Published or unpublished academic research papers or a coherent excerpt from a longer paper are acceptable.
  • Motivation Letter / Statement of Purpose (Optional)
    Applicants must submit a 400-word-limit Motivation Letter / Statement of Purpose explaining the reasons for pursuing the degree, the professional goals, and why they consider the programme to be a match for them.
  • Recommendation Letter (Optional)
    One academic/professional letter of recommendation is required. Recommenders can submit recommendations by e-mail at conflictology@unitar.org

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. The Selection Committee will notify applicants by email if their file is missing any documents and again when their file is complete for review. These notifications are sent to the email address provided in the online application.

If granted, admission is valid for two intakes, the intake the candidate applies for and the following.

► Tuition and Fees

12’500 USD

► Financial Aid

The primary responsibility of the Project Manager is to ensure that admitted students can enroll and continuing students can complete their courses of study. UNITAR supports a comprehensive programme of student financial assistance based on need and merit. UNITAR is committed to transparency, fairness, and efficiency in communicating costs associated with the programme.

We welcome students’ inquiries about:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Financing options
  • Financial aid eligibility

Students can contact us at +41 22 917 87 24 or conflictology@unitar.org

► Scholarships

To foster diversity within the programme, UNITAR and UOC offer competitive merit-based scholarships to talented students in need of financial aid. Scholarships are based on a percentage of tuition. Scholarships are provided by long-time donors of the Institute. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must submit a letter in which they explain the reasons why they should be awarded the scholarship, as well as a copy of the last payslip to conflictology@unitar.org

In addition to the scholarships offered by UNITAR, a directory of scholarships available to students can be found here.

► Contact
United Nations Institute for Training and Research
Peacekeeping Training Programme
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
E-mail: conflictology@unitar.org

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
School of Cooperation
Edifici Media-TIC
Carrer de Roc Boronat 117
08018 Barcelona, Spain
E-mail: mguardiolalop@uoc.edu
Website: www.uoc.edu
► Apply Now

Before applying, we strongly recommend students to review carefully all information under: http://www.unitar.org/ptp/master-conflictology 

To apply, click here and follow the instructions. 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. The Selection Committee will notify applicants by email if their file is missing any documents and again when their file is complete for review. These notifications are sent to the email address provided in the online application.

If granted, admission is valid for two intakes, the intake the candidate applies for and the following.

Should you need any guidance or additional information, please contact us at:

United Nations Institute for Training and Research
Peacekeeping Training Programme
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
E-mail: conflictology@unitar.org

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
School of Cooperation
Edifici Media-TIC
Carrer de Roc Boronat 117
08018 Barcelona, Spain
E-mail: mguardiolalop@uoc.edu
Website: www.uoc.edu