Specialized Courses and Degrees

Disarmament and Non-proliferation Education Partnership

UNODA has brought together several global and regional organizations, NGOs and academic institutions, including the United Nations mandated University for Peace, with the aim of developing a series of focused educational packages in three practical areas of assistance. These packages are tailored to the specific needs expressed by Member States and are in line with the SDGs:

  • 1. Women Scholarship for Peace training courses, Vienna Forum and job fair
  • 2. DNP and sustainable development training courses
  • 3. Other focused requested training
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Living at the Nuclear Brink: Yesterday and Today

The key goals of this course are to warn you of the dangers you face and to give you some insight on what could be done to avoid those dangers. My challenge in this course is to make vivid to you that the dangers of nuclear weapons, far from being historical curiosities, are existential dangers today. You will have the opportunity to engage in discussions about these topics with both world experts and peers from around the globe.

The course differs from many others in a fundamental way: our goal is not just to provide facts for your education, but to inspire you to take action. You have the power to make a difference, and I believe that this course will give you the knowledge and motivation to do so. You can read more about this subject, and find ways to become involved, by visiting the website of the William J Perry Project

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The Dual Degree in Non-proliferation Studies

The Dual Degree in Non-proliferation Studies is offered by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) and Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in partnership with PIR Center. The program is designed for students interested in WMD non-proliferation and U.S.-Russian relations and is taught by leading academics and practitioners in this field. Interdisciplinary curriculum covers global security, history, science and technology, area studies, public policy, and research methods—with emphasis on practical skills. Upon completion of the program, students will earn both a Master’s in Non-proliferation and Terrorism Studies from MIIS and a Master’s in International Affairs from MGIMO.

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Cyber Threats and Technology Policy Course

Cyber Threats and Technology Policy course of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) provides comprehensive insight and discussions on cyber-security, internet governance, drone warfare, the political and security dimensions of space, U.S. preparedness for cyber attacks, the impact of cyber espionage, and more.

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Master's Programme in Nonproliferation and International Security

The MA programme in Nonproliferation and International Security at King's College, London examines the causes, processes and effects of weapons proliferation, the evolution and effectiveness of the international non-proliferation regime and the way in which proliferation influences other issues in international relations. This programme utilises knowledge and tools of analysis from history, political science, the hard sciences, philosophy and sociology.

Master's Programme in in Science and Security

The MA programme in Science and Security is designed to provide an integrated understanding of science and international politics. Developments in technology are central to all aspects of international conflict, and a multidisciplinary understanding of these developments is necessary to fully comprehend their policy implications. Topics include nuclear weapons, arms control verification, cyber security, and terrorism.

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Capacity Development Initiative (CDI) of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)

The Capacity Development Initiative (CDI) of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) is a multidisciplinary training programme based on modern, innovative and cost-effective methods.Through mass educational collaboration and a network of global partnerships, CDI promotes active engagement with the current and next generation of CTBT experts - particularly in the developing world. By expanding the pool of experts on the political, legal and technical aspects of the CTBT, CDI increases awareness and stimulates understanding of the Treaty with a view toward its entry into force and universalization. CDI comprises a series of courses ranging from introductory levels to more advanced levels, which are offered in Vienna and are available online in real time via the e-Learning platform.

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Master's Programme in Conflict, Development and Security

The Conflict, Development and Security MA programme at the University of Leeds addresses the merger of development and security issues, and its implications for analysing the reconstruction of war-affected societies. This programme bridges the themes of conflict, aid policy and liberal styles of governance. You will analyse the ways in which security, developmental and humanitarian agents adapt to instability. You will also examine the significance of globalisation for the emergence of internal conflict, and the development of trans-border economies and the political dynamics they support. The course gives you the opportunity to study the regionally-differentiated responses to conflict in, and to discuss issues relating to humanitarian conditionality, containment, and the role of IGOS and NGOs. In analysing the relationship between aid and politics in 'new' wars, this inter-disciplinary programme draws upon the department's rich diversity of approach and experience. Optional modules include: Contemporary International Security; Contemporary Issues in Nuclear Non-Proliferation and WMD; European Defence and Security Analysis.

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Online Masters Courses on Applied Dual-Use Biosecurity at the University of Bradford

The course is targeted at improving biosecurity and dual-use awareness and education. It aims to enable and facilitate more bioethical research into 'dual-use' issues, and facilitate best practice that will prevent the misuse of knowledge generated through biomedical research.

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OPCW/TMC Asser Institute WMD Summer School

This programme is designed for graduate students and professionals interested in pursuing careers in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation of WMDs and it will provide a unique insight into treaties, organizations and effective multilateral approaches in WMD disarmament and non-proliferation. It aims to provide participants to get hands-on knowledge from key professionals in the field. Participants will also have the opportunity to benefit from visits to industrial, training, and research facilities engaged in activities relevant to the programme.

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Distance Learning MSc in Security, Conflict and International Development

The MSc in Security, Conflict and International Development degree programme at the University of Leicester is designed for those working in, or planning to work in, post conflict environments. The programme aims to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of a wide range of issues and challenges faced by countries emerging from, and vulnerable to, conflict. Key topics covered in the programme include: security sector reform; responding to post conflict environments; developing the rule of law; the importance of human rights in delivering justice and security; and broader issues relating to international security.

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Regional Postgraduate Course in Disarmament and Nonproliferation

The Regional Postgraduate Course in Disarmament and Nonproliferation seeks to train specialists in global security, disarmament and non-proliferation. Target participants include, among others, government officials, policymakers, foreign service personnel, security forces, scientific and technical personnel who play advisory roles, parliamentarians, NGOs members, and journalists. Additional information at the NPSGlobal Website

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Masters programme in non proliferation studies

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies offers a Masters programme in non proliferation studies. CNS strives to combat the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by training the next generation of non-proliferation specialists and disseminating timely information and analysis.

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International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts

The International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts (ISODARCO) is an NGO founded in 1966 by two Italian physics professors, Edoardo Amaldi and Carlo Schaerf. ISODARCO''s purpose is to bring together those with a great variety of experiences and approaches relating to security problems. Their discussions focus on commissioned expert papers.

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UPEACE - Geneva

Current Issues in Nuclear Disarmament and Arms Control Course is based on a specific mandate UPEACE received to teach and create training tools in the field of disarmament. UPEACE offers this course in cooperation with the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, a private institution offering English language graduate and undergraduate education geared towards developing global leaders in both public and private sectors. This graduate course explores contemporary opportunities, challenges, pathways, and obstacles to nuclear disarmament.

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