First Level Master's Diploma

Human Rights and Conflict Management

Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management - XVI Edition

Subscription deadline:
Maximum number of participants: 
Tuition fees: 
10.01.2018 to 15.04.2019
CFU credits: 
Training hours: 
920 (440 hours of classroom lectures and 480 hours of internship)


Alta formazione: voucher per Master in Italia 2017/2018

Bando “Voucher per l’alta formazione in Italia” attivo dal 15 ottobre al 15 novembre 2017

La Regione Toscana, nell’ambito del progetto Giovanisì, sostiene l’iscrizione di laureati under 35 a master di I e II livello in Italia. Il voucher ha come finalità la copertura totale o parziale per le spese di iscrizione fino ad un importo massimo di 4.000 euro.

L’avviso, attivo dal 15 ottobre fino al 15 novembre 2017, è gestito dal DSU Toscana (l’Azienda Regionale per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario)


Application deadline

Non EU candidates:

  • 1st round: July 4, 2017 | CLOSED
  • 2nd round: September 4, 2017 | CLOSED

EU candidates:

  • September 19, 2017 | CLOSED

The Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management is designed to provide students from different cultures and backgrounds with a deep understanding of the linkages between human rights and conflict management theory and practice. The curriculum, strongly field oriented, prepares participants for working with NGOs, governments, aid agencies, the UN system and regional organisations, also operating in the context of complex emergencies and joint operations.

The Master starts on January 10, 2018 and runs until Spring 2019. The syllabus of the Master Programme, in addition to individual studying and the preparation of a final written project (project work), will cover about 440 hours of classroom lectures and 480 hours of internship. Classroom lectures are from Monday to Friday and run from from 10 January to 31 July 2018. The internship lasts three or more months starting from August/September 2018.

Key features

  • 1 year post-graduate professionalizing and field-oriented programme
  • Interdisciplinary nature of the programme with a methodology characterized by a combination of theory and practice;
  • Lecturers and trainers chosen among high level academics, diplomats, international organizations officers and NGOs activists, thus offering a wealth of both academic and field expertise;
  • Mandatory internship/field experience in leading organisations working in the areas of human rights protection/promotion, conflict prevention/resolution, humanitarian assistance or development, either in the field or at Headquarters;
  • Career service with specific sessions on career coaching and recruiting session with UNV;
  • International and multicultural student environment.

Target group

Candidates looking for a professionalizing and mission/field oriented international master programme. The Master is a competitive programme open to a maximum of 28 candidates. 14 places out of 28 are meant for non EU candidates.

Training objectives and modules

The main educational goals of the Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management are as follows:

To train high-rank professionals who will work in design, management and monitoring positions within the programs and actions promoted by national, regional, international or non-governmental organisations, for the double purpose of protecting human rights and preventing, mitigating or solving conflicts.

To train professionals who will combine, in a dynamic, non-sequential way, critical knowledge and technical-operational skills as the key components of an extremely professional service in complex situations.

To train professionals who are aware of the mutual connections between the protection of human rights and conflict management, and who possess a sound juridical and methodological background and practical-operational skills in such areas.

To train professionals who, in the design and management of actions and in decision-making processes, will keep into account the historical, geopolitical, economic dimensions as well as the “gender” component and the complexity of the intercultural relations.

Teaching methods

The methodology is characterized by a combination of theory and practice. There is ample use of advanced role-playing sessions, simulation exercises, and case study material.

Who can apply

The Master is a competitive programme open to a maximum of 28 candidates. 14 places out of 28 are meant for non EU candidates. Candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

(1) Have a three-year (at least) university degree or equivalent. Students expecting to graduate before December 31, 2017 are also eligible.

(2) Understand, speak and write English at least at LEVEL C1, (CEFR for Languages, CoE).

Tuition fee

The tuition fee for the full Programme is 7.500 euros, payable in two installments. It covers the following: attendance costs and participation to field trips, didactic material (in electronic format), tutorship, lunch (on class and exam days), access

to all facilities of the Scuola (including library and computer rooms). It does not include accommodation costs in Pisa and during the internship, nor travel expenses.

Tuition fee waivers

The Master Programme offers two tuition fee waivers of €4.000,00, one to the EU participant who receives the highest score out of the selection of EU candidates and one to the non EU participant who receives the highest score out of the first round of selection.


At the end of the Master Programme, those students who have regularly attended and have passed all the required examinations and paid the tuition fee will receive from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna a Master Diploma (I Level), in accordance with art. 3 of the Italian DM no. 270/2004.

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