PhD in International Conflict Management (PICM)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in International Conflict Management (PICM) at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) is one of the only few of such programmes available in Africa. PhD students accepted into the programme will receive broad interdisciplinary training and opportunities that draw on an array of social science and humanities disciplines. Graduates will be able to address problems from a sophisticated knowledge base of substantive and methodological approaches. The core courses prepares students in key global competencies including: (1) Intercultural Dynamics of Global Conflict; (2) Conflict, Peace and Security analysis; (3) International Relations; (4) National Security Issues; and (5) International Law, Human Rights and Conflict. Methodological preparation is rigorous, including course work in the first year.

Programme Structure

Within the broad framework of the KAIPTC’s mandate, the course aims at equipping participants with tools for analytical thinking, good judgment, leadership and other critical managerial skills. The specific objectives of the course are to:

  • Achieve the highest professional and academic standards in conflict prevention, resolution and management, mediation, negotiation, peace brokering, security management and gender and conflicts.
  • Provide graduates with broad training allowing them to integrate the latest research findings into theoretically rich, issue-relevant publications and reports.
  • Prepare graduates to address global conflict issues using the latest and most effective quantitative and qualitative research methods through methodological training.
  • Integrate theory and practice in the analysis of international conflict based on student’s experience.
  • Course Structure

    Course Work:
    Students will be required to complete five (5) core courses as their course work in the first year.

    Individual Project:
    Students work individually on the research project with regular assessment by supervisors within the period. During this period they are required to demonstrate a high level of initiative and original thought to develop and carry out in-depth research as well as understand the broad context in which the work is undertaken.

    Organization of Programme

    Start Date: August

    Duration: Four Years (Full Time Applicants)

    Course Location: KAIPTC, Teshie, Accra (Ghana)

    Entry Requirements

    Candidates are required to obtain the following to qualify for admission:

    1. A good first degree (2nd Class Upper and above); and
    2. MPhil, MA or MSc (with thesis/dissertation); and
    3. Obtained Grade A in Thesis/Dissertation at the Postgraduate level.
    4. Excellent understanding and comprehension of English is required.

    In addition, candidates are required to submit a thesis proposal along with the completed application form to qualify for admission.  Previous experience in security-related issues as well as working in peace and security environment is an advantage for admission.

    How to Apply
    Download the Application Forms. For other details about the course, contact the Registry on telephone + 233(0) 20 6752054, +233(0) 54 8335027 /e-mail; Applicants must indicate the course they are applying for on the application form. Closing Date for Applications:

    Tuesday, 31st August 2021.