DAS Civilian Peacebuilding
Diploma of Advanced Studies

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

The DAS in Civilian Peacebuilding program provides a holistic understanding of civilian peacebuilding aimed at transforming violent conflict by peaceful means, promoting peace, rebuilding societies affected by war and preventing violence from re-erupting. This postgraduate DAS program bridges current academic findings with the latest insights from peacebuilding practice.

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

DAS participants select two out of the four CAS programs offered:

CAS Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials
CAS Civilian Peacebuilding Specializations
CAS Civilian Peacebuilding Methodologies
CAS Religion, Peace & Conflict

For more information take a look at our program framework.
Course methodologies include expert inputs, peer exchange, case studies, exercises, skills training and self-study.

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

These postgraduate programs 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.

  • Prof. Dr. Laurent Goetschel, Studiengangleitung
  • Franziska Sigrist, Head of Continuing Education

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

Prof. Dr. Laurent Goetschel
University of Basel and Director of swisspeace
Franziska Sigrist
MA, Head of Traininbg, swisspeache

CONTACT Franziska Sigrist
Steinengraben 22
CH-4051 Basel

Tel. +41 31 330 12 12

CHF 19,200. Travel, food and accommodation costs are not included in the fee.

Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät der Universität Basel

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

swisspeace is a practice-oriented peace research institute. It analyses the causes of violent conflicts and develops strategies for their peaceful transformation. swisspeace aims to contribute to the improvement of conflict prevention and conflict transformation by providing spaces for analysis, discussion, critical reflection and learning.



swisspeace, Steinengraben 22, 4051 Basel

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