Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Civilian Peacebuilding Specializations

Learn from research and practice, understand the causes of violent conflicts, contribute to peace.

Program overview

The CAS Civilian Peacebuilding Specializations program provides an opportunity to specialize in selected topics of civilian peacebuilding aimed at transforming violent conflict by peaceful means, promoting peace, rebuilding societies affected by war and preventing violence from re-erupting. It bridges current academic findings with the latest insights from peacebuilding practice.

Participants can join the program at any time of the year with a course of their choice. They can apply for the CAS from the start of their studies or transfer to the CAS after having finished one or more courses.

Your benefits

  • Understand latest academic findings on violent conflict and conflict prevention
  • Peacebuilding and mediation skills training
  • Learn how to design and support peacebuilding programs
  • Exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice


These postgraduate program are designed for professionals interested in combining current academic insights and practical knowledge in peace and conflict studies.

A minimum of two years of professional experience in relevant fields and a university degree (minimum BA), or an equivalent educational background, and proficiency in English are required.

Structure of the program

The CAS is made up of three 5-day courses, an academic writing course and a final thesis. Participants specialize in topics of their choice and complete the program through an individually tailored timeframe to bring their credit total to the required amount of 16 ECTS. All courses are composed of assignments and on-site training. They can select from different topical courses:

National Dialogue & Peace Mediation Course, 13-17 February  2017, 3 ECTS
Fragility, Conflict & Statebuilding Course, 13-17 March 2017, 3 ECTS
Dealing with the Past: Theory & Practice Course, 11-15 September 2017, 3 ECTS
Business, Conflict & Human Rights Course
, 23-25 November 2017, 2 ECTS
Gender Equality & Peacebuilding Course, 3 ECTS

Take a look at our 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

Course methodologies include expert inputs, peer exchange, case studies, exercises, skills training and self-study. Individual modules can be taken as stand-alone courses by non-CAS participants.
Assignments include writing an essay 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 (16 ECTS) of the Diploma and Master of Advanced Studies in Civilian Peacebuilding program (60 ECTS) offered by swisspeace and the University of Basel

Any questions about this program?

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