Media, Peace and Conflict Studies


This Master of Arts Degree Programme in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies (MPCS) is designed for students from diverse cultural, professional, and academic backgrounds who seek to engage with and understand contemporary trends in media and communications, particularly as they relate to social processes of peace and conflict. Emphasis is placed on the intersection of theory and practice, that is, on media analysis and media production, and special attention is paid to debates around ethical principles in news reporting, such as those suggested by the concept of Peace Journalism, and the wide-reaching implications of 21st Century information technologies.


       Main courses 2015-2016

Following the courses for the Academic Year 2015-2016:

Courses Common to all UPEACE Academic Programmes

  • UPM 6001 UPEACE Foundation Course (3 Credits)
  • UPM 6003 The United Nations System and UPMUNC (3 Credits)
  • UPM 6002 Tools for Conflict Resolution and Transformation (3 Credits)

Courses Common to all PCS Programmes

  • PCS 6008 Research Methodology (3 Credits)


Courses for Media, Peace and Conflict Studies (MPCS)

  • MPS 6043 Media: Theories and Practices (3 Credits)
  • MPS 6044 Focus on 21st Century Media (3 Credits)
  • Elective course from any of the Programmes (3 Credits)
  • MPS 6045 Ethical Media and Peace Journalism (3 Credits)
  • MPS 6047 Gender and Media (3 Credits)
  • MPS 6046 The Power of Language and Art in Media (3 Credits)
  • MPS 6014 Working in Conflict Areas – Field Training (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)
        2. One additional course (online modality), which means taking 2 parallel courses (one face to face regular master course and one online course approved by the Academic Coordinator) before June 2016
        3. One additional course (online modality) extended from June 2016 until December 2016 (the online course must be approved by the Academic Coordinator)

For complete course descriptions, course calendar, and information about the professors, please follow the link

4.    Exit Profile

Students who have completed the MA in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies have gone on to work in communications, post-conflict assistance, and peace building through international organizations such as the UN, national governments or non-governmental organizations, as well as in the media and academia. They also have the skills to do media monitoring and content analysis with a media watchdog.

5.    Alumni

Former media students work in many different fields, here are some examples:

    • Dominic Pkalya is a National Project Manager at UNDP Kenya/NDMA;
    • Erin Peck is the Program Director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute;
    • Ledet Teka works as National Reporting Officer at the UNOCHA- AU Liaison Office;
    • Sandra Sharman is not only an independent filmmaker but also works with UNESCO in Montevideo;
    • Suriya Begum Urmi has a position as a lecturer at Dhaka University;
    • David Kriegleder works as a reporter for ORF (Austrian National Broadcasting)