International Peace Studies


The Master of Arts Degree Programme in International Peace Studies (IPS) provides an interdisciplinary and critical understanding and analysis of the causes and consequences of a wide range of contemporary conflicts and violence that impact on global, international and human security. Multiple sources and categories of violence to be explored include militarization, armed conflicts, “terrorism,” economic, social and gender injustices, cultural and religious identities, transnational organized crime and competition over environmental resources. Drawing on case-studies and exemplars from diverse regions and societies, the programme also examines strategies and organizational/institutional frameworks and mechanisms, including initiatives of the UN, other international/regional agencies and civil society organizations and movements, for resolving and transforming such conflicts and building peace at local, national, international and global levels. 

Graduates of the programme will gain knowledge, capacities, skills and motivation relevant to professional work in international, national and local government or civil society agencies or organizations in fields related to conflict analysis, resolution and transformation; nonviolence; disarmament; peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding; security sector reform; local/global justice; transnational organized crime; and conflict and peace-sensitive  policy-making  as well as peace and conflict studies/research.

Some students may be interested in our specilized IPS Programme in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies.


Main IPS courses

Key areas of expertise contained in the 33-credit taught component of the programme include the foundations of peace and conflict studies, negotiations, basic  research methodology skills and a critical introduction to the field of international peace studies including alternative paradigms, international relations/security, militarization and disarmament and the related roles of international organizations. Thematic courses help develop an understanding of the nature of contemporary conflict, peace and security, gender mainstreaming in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations,  terrorism, social justice and peacebuilding, transnational organized crime and conflict  transformation. As a concluding academic endeavour, students complete a graduation project that can be a Thesis or an Internship or a Capstone.   In order to receive the degree, students must complete a total of 41 credits. 


 Main IPS courses 2018-2019 

 Following the courses for the Academic Year 2018-2019:

Courses Common to all UPEACE Academic Programmes

  • UPM 6001 UPEACE Foundation Course (3 Credits)
  • UPM 6003 The United Nations System and UPMUNC (3 Credits)


Courses Common to all PCS Programmes

  • PCS 6008 Research Methodology (3 Credits)  
  • PCS 6011 Tools for Conflict Resolution and Transformation (3 Credits)   
  • UPE 6064 Working in Conflict Areas - Field Training (2 Credits)
  • PCS 6012 Identity Politics, Inclusion and Peace Building (3 Credits)   


Courses for International Peace Studies (IPS)

  • IPS 6049 Introduction to International Peace Studies, from War to Peace (3 Credits)
  • IPS 6065 Religions, Cultures, War and Peace (3 Credits)
  • GPB 6026 Gender in Peacebuilding and Human Security (3 Credits)
  • IPS 6057 Strategic Nonviolent Resistance (3 Credits)
  • IPS 6064 Restorative Justice (2 Credits) 
  • IPS 6066 Violent Extremism: causes, consequences, and solutions (3 Credits)
  • Graduation Project: Thesis (8 Credits) or Internship (8 Credits) or Capstone (5 Credits)*

    *NOTE: Students who choose Capstone as Graduation Project must take an extra 3-credit course according the following options:

        1. One additional course (face to face modality), which means taking 2 parallel regular master courses (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) if approved by the student's MA Programme Coordinator
        2. One additional 3-credit course or two additional 2-credit courses (online modality), which means taking 2 or 3 parallel courses (one face-to-face master course and one 3 credit course or two 2-credit courses approved by the student's Programme Coordinator) before June 2019
        3. One additional 3-credit course or two additional 2-credit courses (online modality) extended from June 2019 until December 2019 (the online course or courses must be approved by the student's Programme Coordinator)

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Exit Profile

Graduates of this MA programme are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable them to work in international organizations – both governmental and non-governmental – where they are leading development and humanitarian programmes; in foreign ministries, performing initial diplomatic tasks; and universities, teaching subjects related to peace, security, and conflict management.


    • Rafael A. Velasquez Garcia (Peru, 2004), Country Director, Mercy Corps, Yemen
    • Mariam Safi   (Afghanistan, 2007), Founding Director, Organisation for Policy Research and Development Studies, Afghanistan
    • Joseph Clifford Birungi (Uganda, 2006), Principal International Relations Secretary, Secretariat, East African Community  
    • Saleh Balah (Nigeria, 2006), Senior Military Officer, Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, Nigeria 
    • Paul Rushton (Canada, 2006), Senior Program Analyst, Africa at Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
    • Taina Christiansen (Swedish/Danish, 2007), Conduct & Discipline Officer at the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo
    • Kasey Ochiltree (USA, 2009), Coordinator, Humanitarian Response Department at Oxfam America, Greater Boston Area
    • Nadhom Mutlag Al-jibouri (Iraq, 2007), Associate Political Officer, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
    • Nang Khin Lay Nge (Myanmar, 2010), Political specialist, US Dept. of State, Yangon, Myanmar  
    • Miyoung Jin (South Korea, 2011), Program Manager, KOICA (Korean Overseas International Cooperation Agency), International Development Program, Burundi
    • Nori Susan (Indonesia, 2008), Professor in Sociology;   Airlangga University Indonesia
    • Katsuaki Takahashi (Japan, 2007), Embassy of Japan, Lebanon (2009-2011)
    • Bhim Nath Regmi (Nepal, 2011), Professor, Tribhuvan University Nepal.  
    • Moses Tumusiime (Uganda, 2010), Program Officer for Peacebuilding and Conflict Management, National Association of Women Organizations in Uganda  
    • Petrína Ásgeirsdóttir (Iceland, 2005), CEO, Save the Children Iceland.  
    •  Shazana Andrabi (India, 2009), Assistant Professor, Islamic University of Science & Technology, Anantnag, India  
    • Yves Naho (Rwanda, 2012), Lecturer, Rwanda Peace Academy, Rwanda.
    • Jebli Shrestha (Nepal, 2012), Research and Communication Officer Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), Thailand.