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Course summary

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.

Assessment method

Our course is based on self-led learning. You'll engage with strong interactive teaching tools and peer-to-peer learning. Our teaching methods include:

  • online lectures
  • webinars
  • tutorials
  • debates
  • discussions
  • action research
  • experience sharing
  • discussions with key practitioners
  • critical reflection on practices.
You will learn from your workplace, using practical cases through action research or case studies and you will:
  • develop new knowledge based on the specifics of humanitarian action and peacebuilding
  • improve related practices
- reflect and acquire attitudes and personal competences.

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.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component

If English is not your first language then, please see here for our requirements and accepted alternative English language qualifications

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £5000 Year 1
International £5000 Year 1
England £5000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5000 Year 1
Scotland £5000 Year 1
Wales £5000 Year 1
Channel Islands £5000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding at Oxford Brookes University - UCAS