International Peace Studies with specialization in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies


The IPS specialization in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies (IPS-MPCS) explores the informational context in which armed violence takes place and equips students with up-to-date tools and strategies to advocated for peace, justice, and sustainability through ethical media production, and to become informed and active global citizens of an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. Grounded in a solid understanding of peace and conflict theory, this programme considers the many ways in which media has been used to propagate hostile attitudes and enemy images, as well as the long tradition of journalists, artists, and other who have sought to use media to hold the powerful accountable, challenge the status-quo, and to promote mutual understanding and coexistence. This specialization compliments existing courses from the IPS programme with an in-depth and critical consideration of current media theories and practices in relation to contemporary concerns including privacy, security, and manipulation of information, a twenty first century debate on media ethics and peace journalism, and an advocacy-focused exploration of gender and other identities, representation, and equality. Throughout the academic year, MPCS students will also be invited to deepen their understanding of communications theories and sharpen their practical skills though media-related projects and workshops, including participating in the media team of the United Nations simulation conference and volunteering with our online magazine, Peace and Conflict Monitor.

Students in this specialization must take the following courses: 

 Main IPS-MPCS 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 with specialization in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies (IPS-MPCS)

  • IPS 6049 Introduction to International Peace Studies, from War to Peace (3 Credits)
  • MPS 6043 Media: Theories and Practices (3 Credits)
  • MPS 6045 Ethical Media Production and Peace Journalism (3 Credits)
  • MPS 6049 Gender and Media (2 Credits) 
  • IPS 6057 Strategic Nonviolent Resistance (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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