Master of Arts Degree in Conflict, Peace and Security (MCPS)

The overall objective of the course is to equip participants with effective tools for analytical thinking, good judgment, leadership and other critical managerial skills in Conflict, Peace and Security.

The Specific Objectives are to:

  • Ensure participants achieve the highest professional standards in conflict prevention, resolution and management, peace brokering and security management.
  • Equip graduates with specialised knowledge and skills to play a meaningful role in management and provide professional leadership in Peace Support Operations, Regional Organisations, Peace Councils, Civil Society Organisations as well as Non-Governmental Organisations.
  • Meet the demands and aspirations for continuing education of employees serving in public and private sector organizations involved in conflict, peace and security issues.
  • Prepare interested individuals for a career in Peace and Security.

Courses Offered
  • Theories and Analysis of Conflict, Peace and Security
  • Research Methods in Conflict, Peace and Security (required)
  • Governance and Leadership in Africa
  • Good Governance and Democratic Practice in Peace and Security
  • International Law, Human Rights and Conflict in Africa
  • Contemporary and Emerging Security Issues in Africa–Seminar Series (required)
  • National Security Framework
  • International Relations
  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development in Africa
  • Gender, Human Rights and Conflicts in Africa
  • Youth and Conflict in Africa
  • Security Sector and Multi-Dimensional Peace Support Operations
  • Migration, Citizenship and Conflict
Target Group

The course is opened to participants from the African Continent and beyond. Targeted participants working with the following groups/organisations are encouraged to apply:

  • Security and Intelligence Agencies
  • International and Regional Organisations (e.g. UN, AU, SADC, ECOWAS)
  • Civil Society Groups in Africa
  • Non-Governmental Organisations
  • Diplomats
  • Civil/Public Servants
  • Members of the Legislature/Parliament
  • The Judiciary
  • Individuals with interest in Peace and Security Studies
Ogranisation of Course

The Course will be organized in four modular sessions as follows:

  • 1st Session (20th January – 21st February 2020)
  • 2nd Session (4th – 29th May 2020)
  • 3rd Session (17th August – 18th September 2020)
  • 4th Session – Writing of Dissertation (October 2020 to January 2021)
Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master’s Degree in Conflict, Peace and Security requires a good Bachelor’s Degree (second class lower or better) or equivalent in any discipline from a recognized University. Understanding and comprehension of English is a key requirement.

How to Apply
Please click here to download the Application Forms.

For other details about the course, contact the Registry on telephone +233(0)268532071, +233(0)206752054, +233(0)244847394 or e-mail

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Submission of Application forms should be made to:

The Registrar
Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research
Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre
PMB CT 210
Accra, Ghana

Closing Date for Applications:

29th November, 2019