Institute of Peace, Leadership & Governance

  • Overview
  • Programme Structure
  • Admission Requirements
  • Fees & Scholarships

The master’s programme offers advanced education on human rights, today’s challenges to peace and non-violence, and sustainable human development, delving into the mutual interdependence and complementarity of these three areas as privileged fields of increasingly interdisciplinary research. On the one hand, the academic interest of the course lies in the specialisation that it provides students with (who often have very different backgrounds) for voluntary work, and on the other, its professional focus empowers them to work in NGOs, international organisations, national civil services, etc. in the field of human rights, humanitarian aid and development cooperation.


The duration of the programme is 18 months. The maximum period allowed for a student to complete the requirements for the award of the Masters degree in Human Rights, Peace and Development shall be in accordance with the University general regulations for graduate programmes.

Graduation Requirements

To be awarded the degree a student must:
1.    Successfully complete at least 36 credit hours, including all the required courses.
2.    Obtain a cumulative Grade Point Average of not less than 2.6
3.    Submit a satisfactory dissertation


The degree programme will be divided into the following phases:

Year 1: Semester 1

Core Courses: (All students must register for these core courses)
MHPD500    Conceptual Foundations and  Philosophy of Human Rights     (3 credits)
MHPD501    International & Regional Human Rights Systems     (3 credits)
MHPD502    National Protection of Human Rights in Africa     (3 credits)
MHPD503    Human Rights, Peace-building and Development    (3 credits)
MHPD504    International Criminal Law and  Transitional Justice    (3 credits)
MHPD505    Research Methods I    (3 credits)

Year 1: Semester 2: Specialisation

For the purposes of specialisation students are required to choose three courses in their chosen area of specialisation which could either be:




Students are also required to take a fourth course from either Human Rights and Peace or Human Rights and Development.
In addition students are required to take MHPD 512: Research Methods II.

Human Rights and Peace Courses
MHRP506    Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights    (3 credits)
MHRP507    Human Rights in Practice: Duty and Responsibility  (3 credits)
MHRP508    Protection of Indigenous and Minority Groups    (3 credits)
MHRP509    Counter Terrorism Measures and Human Rights      (3 credits)
MHRP510    International Humanitarian Law and Refugee Law    (3 credits)
MHRP511    The Right of Women and Children    (3 credits)
MHRP512    Research Methods II    (3 credits)

Human Rights and Development Courses
MHRD513    Economic, Social and Cultural Rights    (3 credits)
MHRD514    The African Human Rights System    (3 credits)
MHRD515    Human Rights and Business    (3 credits)
MHRD516    Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law    (3 credits)
MHRD517    Culture, Conflict and Human Rights Law     (3 credits)
MHRD518    Human Rights and Health    (3 credits)
MHRD519    Human Rights, Environment and Development    (3 credits)
MHRD520    Human Rights, Intellectual Property and Development    (3 credits)
MHRP512    Research Methods II    (3 credits)

Year 2: Semester I

All students must register for this course.
MHPD525    Dissertation   ( 6 Credits)

1.   Possess an undergraduate degree with at least 2.1 or better;
2.   At least 2 years work experience in a managerial position or senior position


The programme will be offered on weekends only in Harare and Mutare.
The payment plan for the block release is such that a student will initially be required to register for 2 courses and progress depends upon successful completion of the registered courses.  For current fees update refer to this link Click here