Doctoral Programme Admission

UPDATE: The application period for the Doctorate Degree Programme is now open. The application deadline is 20-April-2018.

UPEACE Doctoral Programme

The Charter of the University for Peace, through article 15.2. gives the University the power to grant master’s degrees and doctorates in the field of “Irenology, which shall comprise the study of peace, education for peace and human rights”.

In accordance with its mandate, UPEACE designed the Full-time Doctorate as a research degree to develop professionals’ research expertise in their chosen area of interest. Thus, the Full-time Doctorate primarily prepares its graduates for a future in academia. This programme is designed to be completed in 3 years.

The Part-time Doctorate is conceived of as a programme with a particular focus on applied research. The Part-time Doctorate is aimed at those candidates pursuing primarily professional, rather than academic, careers. However, the Part-time Doctorate requires the same level of academic rigor as its full-time counterpart. This programme is designed to be completed in 4 years.

Both the full-time and part-time doctorates include an annual tuition fee of at least three (3) years. The completion of the Full-time Doctorate cannot exceed five (5) years and the completion of the Part-time Doctorate cannot exceed six (6) years.

Current available Areas of Interest of Study based on current UPEACE Resident Faculty members with Doctoral degrees:

Rojas, Francisco (Ph. D., University of Utrecht, Netherlands), Rector, University for Peace

Areas of Interest:

  1. International-relations
  2. International security in the Americas
  3. Analysis of conflict and negotiation
  4. Comparative Latin American politics
  5. Human Security

 Estrada, Miriam (PhD., Universidad de Guayaquil, Ecuador), Resident Professor, Department of International Law

 Areas of Interest:

  1. International Law/International Criminal Law/International Human Rights Law
  2. Counterterrorism and counter radicalisation or violent extremism/Culture of Peace
  3. Gender/Domestic Violence/Sexual violence in Conflict
  4. Children’s Rights
  5. National Human Rights Institutions (Office of the Ombudsperson)

 Kanade, Mihir (Doctorate, University for Peace, Costa Rica), Resident Professor and Head of the Department of International Law

Areas of Interest:

  1. Human Rights protection of vulnerable groups and persons
  2. International Economic Law
  3. Sustainable Development/SDGs/2030 Agenda
  4. Governance/Global Governance/Good Governance
  5. International Law and the Global and Regional Peace and Security Architecture

Sainz-Borgo, Juan-Carlos (Doctor of Juridical Sciences, Universidad Central de Venezuela), Dean and Associate Professor of the Department of International Law

Areas of Interest:

  1. International border conflicts
  2. International Law 
  3. International Criminal Law
  4. International Human Rights
  5. International courts and the settlement of disputes

 Sylvester, Olivia (PhD., University of Manitoba, Canada), Resident Professor, Department of Environment and Development

 Areas of Interest:

  1. Food Security/Food Sovereignty
  2. Sustainable Agriculture
  3. Indigenous peoples’ harvesting systems (ethnobiology)
  4. Gender and environment
  5. Research Methodologies (critical, indigenous, feminist)

 Thapa, Manish (Ph.D., University of Tokyo, Japan), Resident Professor and Head of the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies

 Areas of Interest:

  1. Conflict Analysis and Conflict Prevention
  2. Conflict Resolution/Transformation & Post Conflict Peacebuilding
  3. Security Sector Reform
  4. Non-Traditional Security/Human Security
  5. Non-Violence/Civil Resistance

 Yamada, Mayumi (Ph.D., Imperial College London, United Kingdom), Resident Professor, Head of the Doctoral Programme

 Areas of Interest:

  1. Sustainable Peace, Environment and Development
  2. Climate Change Governance and Disaster Risk Reduction
  3. The United Nations System: UN Development Group and UN Peacekeeping Operation (PKO)
  4. Gender in Humanitarian Assistance and Peace Building
  5. Poverty Reduction and Environmental Conservation

Upon completion of the dissertation and a successful defence, and the approval by the final Doctoral Dissertation Examination Committee, the candidate will be granted a Doctorate Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies.

 For information about the Doctoral Programme at UPEACE, please contact