Gender and Peace Building


The Master of Arts Degree Programme in Gender and Peace Building offers critical knowledge and training in gender studies, which is a crucial aspect of any and all peace efforts.  The programme deals in depth with the diverse and international aspects of gender as they relate to violence, peace negotiations, peace building and peacekeeping in different locations on the planet.  The programme also encompasses the many fields of knowledge in which gender plays a crucial role.  The needs and interests of students and professionals are carefully considered in the design and implementation of the programme.


 Main courses Academic Year 2018-2019


The 41 credit programme is distributed over two semesters and one research term for a total duration of 11 months. Courses are taught in intensive three week time periods, requiring 45 hours of class work, under the guidance of highly qualified professors and recognized international guest lecturers. During the final term, participants are expected to finalize their work at UPEACE’s main campus through the completion of a Graduation Project (Thesis or Internship or Capstone).


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)

Course 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 Gender and Peacebuilding

  • GPB 6034 Gender Theories and Practices (3 Credits)
  • GPB 6022 Gender Mainstreaming in Peacekeeping Operations and Humanitarian Assistance (3 Credits)
  • GPB 6026 Gender in Peacebuilding and Human Security (3 Credits)
  • MPS 6049 Gender and Media (2 Credits)
  • GPB 6036 Gender, Environment and Sustainable Development (3 Credits)
  • GPB 6062 Gender and people on the move: Trafficking, Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migration (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

Upon graduation, participants may expect to successfully apply for grant proposals, as well as to design, implement and evaluate a variety of programmes and projects, based upon a profound knowledge of the conflicts and struggles brought about by discrimination based on gender-oriented power relations. Graduates will be able to recognize the enormous possibilities that a gender perspective offers to men and women in the prevention of conflicts, sitting at the negotiating table, or participating in post-conflict intervention. They will also be able to implement the concepts of equality in their daily lives.

         Sample of Alumni Positions

    • Hovig Etyemezian, Lebanon (GPB 2004) is the Emergency Coordinator for the DR Congo of CARE International.
    • Angela Rossini Ison, The Philippines (GPB 2004) is the Associate Gender Affairs Officer United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
    • Shannon Mathieu, USA (GPB 2005) currently works at the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, Political Unit. United Nations.
    • Mariella Cruzado, Perú (GPB 2005) currently works as Specialist at the Department of Public Security Organization of American States (OAS).
    • Alex Sivalie Mbayo, Sierra Leone (GPB 2006) works as a University Lecturer at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.
    • Monica Henry, USA (GPB 2006) works as New Beginnings Program Manager/Victim Advocate at Quileute Nations Organization.
    • Grace Tasila Mbewe, Zambia (GPB-2007) works as Programme Coordinator at Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation.
    • Ana Cláudia Menezes, Brazil (GPB 2008) currently works as Information and Documentation Officer for Angola Programme of Christian Aid.
    • Mayme Audra Lefurgey, Canada (GPB 2011) worked as gender specialist with the Malawian Government and as women and girls education programme associate London. UK.
    • Dr. Shahbaz Israr Khan, Pakistan (GPB 2011) Programme officer at Bargad Organization for Youth development in Pakistan.
    • Wahyu Candra Irawan, Indonesia (GPB 2011) works as the Consul/Indonesian National Police Liaison Officer in the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, in Davao City.