Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Civilian Peacebuilding Methodologies

Program overview

Peacebuilding, development and humanitarian actors require a specific skillset to work effectively in contexts prone to violent conflict, including high adaptability to rapidly changing environments. The CAS in Peacebuilding Methodologies is composed of 4 methodological trainings of your choice.

Target audience

The course is designed for practitioners and academics interested in bridging their experiences with academic insights and practical knowledge on Peacebuilding Methodologies.

Structure of the program

Trainings are offered from September to August. Registration deadlines for the single
trainings apply.

The CAS in Civilian Peacebuilding Methodologies is composed of 4 methodological trainings:

Other methodological trainings may be counted towards this CAS (e.g. designing peacebuilding projects, evaluating peacebuilding projects, etc.).

Program framework


Leading international scholars and experienced practitioners from governmental bodies, civil society, international organizations and the private sector facilitate this program.

Course coordinators:
Ursina Bentele & Franziska Sigrist, swisspeace

Methodology & Assignments

Assignments include writing two learning portfolios and a CAS final thesis linked to the thematic areas dealt with during the course.


Successful participants are awarded a Certificate of Advanced Studies. This course can be taken as one module (15 ECTS) of the Master of Advanced Studies in Civilian Peacebuilding program (60 ECTS) offered by swisspeace and the University of Basel.

Any questions about this program?

Please take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you cannot find the information you are looking for, our staff will happily answer your questions (contact us).