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Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) Programmes

PhD in International Conflict Management (PICM)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in International Conflict Management (PICM) is one of only a few such programmes available in Africa.  PhD students accepted into the programme will receive broad interdisciplinary training that draw on an array of social science and humanities disciplines.  Graduates will be able to address problems from a sophisticated knowledge base of substantive and methodological approaches.  

Within the broad framework of the KAIPTC’s mandate, the course aims to equip participants with tools for analytical thinking, good judgment, leadership and other critical managerial skills.
Core papers include: (1) Intercultural Dynamics of Global Conflict; (2) Conflict, Peace and Security analysis; (3) International Relations; (4) Gender, War and Conflict in Africa; and (5) International Law, Human Rights and Conflict.

Methodological preparation is rigorous, including course work in the first year.  

Course Structure

a.     Course Work

Students are required to complete the following core courses as their course work in the first year:

    Theories and Analysis of Conflict, Peace and Security
    Research Methods/ Writing Skills
    Contemporary and Emerging Security Issues in Africa (Seminar Series)
    International Relations Theory
    Gender, War and Conflict in Africa
    International Law, Human Rights and Conflict

b.    Individual Project

Students work individually on their own research project with regular assessment within the period. They are required to demonstrate a high level of initiative and original thought to develop and carry out in-depth research as well as understand the broad context in which the work is undertaken.

Organization of Programme

    Start date: January
    Duration: four years (full-time applicants)
    Course location: KAIPTC, Teshie, Accra (Ghana)

Entry Requirements

To qualify for admission applicants must have the following:

    A good first degree (2nd Class Upper and above)
    MPhil or Master’s degree (Research)
    Excellent understanding and comprehension of English.

In addition, candidates are required to submit a thesis proposal along with the completed application form to qualify for admission.  Previous experience in security-related issues as well as working in a conflict and peace environment is an advantage for admission.

The cost of application is Ghȼ100 for Ghanaians and US$50 for foreigners.

How to apply

Apply online or download an application form from this website once a call for applications for this course is advertised either on this website, our social media sites or in selected newspapers.

For other details about the course, contact the Registry on +233 (0) 244847394 / +233 (0) 501209332 or e-mail /