Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding

MA or PGCert

Key facts

Start dates

January 2023 / September 2023 / January 2024 / September 2024

Course length

Part time: 30 months – Distance learning only


Distance learning


School of Architecture


The Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding master’s degree is for practitioners already working in these fields and in related areas.

Designed and delivered jointly with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding master’s gives you access to resources and support from both institutions online and in the field through UN missions. And we 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.

Specific entry requirements

The programme is open to all candidates who fulfil at least one of the following conditions:

– hold an approved honours degree (or equivalent) at 2:1 or above in a relevant discipline, and preferably some experience in the field of humanitarian action and peacebuilding or related fields
– hold a relevant recognised diploma and/or certified professional qualification and 3 to 5 years’ experience in humanitarian action and peacebuilding or related fields
– have substantial and proven field experience (minimum 10 years) in humanitarian action, peacebuilding and related fields.

In exceptional circumstances, where applicants can show that they have qualifications or experience or both that demonstrate that they have knowledge and capabilities equivalent to those listed above, they may be admitted onto the course.