The UPEACE Doctoral Programme is an advanced degree to develop in-depth research expertise and prepare students for a life of scholarship in an academic discipline related to irenology. It seeks to provide students with a holistic and interdisciplinary theoretical understanding of diverse themes and problems in peace and conflict studies, as well as strategies in peacebuilding.
The programme offers a broad range of research foci and specializations including, though not limited to, environmental security, gender, international law, peace and conflict studies, media, peace education, and sustainable development.
Interested students can choose to enroll in one of the two modalities offered by UPEACE:
Because the Doctoral Programme seeks to develop research expertise, both modalities require a high level of academic rigor and are held to the same high standard.
Independently of the modality chosen, at the end of the programme students will have developed a sophisticated understanding of research practices and methodologies, will have internalized sound scholarly value and academic integrity, and will have begun to develop a record of published research and conference presentations.
Upon successful graduation from the UPEACE Doctoral Programme, students will obtain the title of “Doctor of Philosophy”, and they will be prepared for university teaching, research, or advanced positions in Peace and Conflict Studies-related professional fields.
Eligibility and Admission
The minimum academic level for a candidate entering the UPEACE Doctoral Programme is a Master’s degree or its equivalent.
UPEACE only accepts applications in electronic format through our on-line application form on a rolling basis. Applicants are therefore advised to first collect all supporting documents and other required information before submitting the form. The documentation and information provided in an application reflects on the quality of the applicant. It is not acceptable to misrepresent accomplishments, borrow from the works of others without proper acknowledgment, or to submit material that has been written, re-written, or heavily edited by others. Breaches of these protocols will result in immediate rejection of the application.
Each application must include:
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The Doctoral Committee will review application on three occasions annually.
Only applications completed before those days will be considered in the Doctoral Committee Admissions Meeting. All admitted students will begin their research in June.