MAS ETH Mediation in Peace Processes (MAS ETH MPP)

Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ

LocationZürich, Zurich region, Switzerland

The MAS Programmes aim to give greater depth or interdisciplinary breadth to an original academic qualification or may lead to a change of profession. They correspond to at least 60 ECTS credits, require a Master’s thesis or project work and generally last between one year full-time and two years part-time.

Master of Advanced Studies

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Public Policy & Governance

A globally unique programme aimed at preparing the next generation of peace mediators. Bringing together renowned scholars and mediators, it is both academic and practitioner oriented.

Programme structure

Programme description

The MAS ETH MPP aims to prepare the next generation of mediators to solve violent political conflicts. Multi–disciplinary in character, it combines a strong academic foundation with an explicit practitioner orientation. The curriculum draws on the logic of mediation that conflict parties decide together on the content of a peace agreement, and the mediator assists them by shaping the process.


The goal is to provide participants with the necessary knowledge, skills and techniques to effectively mediate violent political conflicts. Participants gain knowledge of the theory and practice of mediation in peace processes and internalise the necessary skills and techniques of mediation.

Professional perspectives

Career perspectives of a MAS graduate include working in a formal track one or track one–and–a–half mediation team; working in a conflict context where there is no formal mediator; being engaged in mediation support through a foreign ministry, the United Nations, a regional organisation or a relevant non–governmental organisation (NGO); shaping mediation policy; and being engaged in research and policy organisations (e.g. think tank, university) seeking to link mediation practice and research.

Programme structure

Six face-to-face modules over two years, self-study, two written papers. Topics covered: Conflict analysis & basic skills for mediators, negotiation/mediation theory & methods, mediation content in theory & practice, mediation process design, advanced mediation skills & tools, mediation simulation.

Additional information

Teaching modalities: As an academically based, practitioner-oriented programme, the MAS uses a combination of the following teaching forms: lectures, exercises, self-study, group/team work, case studies, flipped classrooms, written work, oral presentations, role plays, integrated simulations, interactive exercises, and blended learning.

Tuition languages

English: 100 %


Master of Advanced Studies with the title ’MAS ETH Mediation in Peace Processes’ (MAS ETH MPP)

Credit points

60 ECTS credits

Target group and requirements

Target group

Mediators who work in formal track one and track one-and-a-half mediation teams led by a chief mediator; in conflict contexts where there is no formal mediator; in mediation support units; or in research and policy organisations seeking to link mediation practice and research.


Applicants must hold a Master’s degree acknowledged by ETH or equivalent educational qualifications. Additional selection criteria include career perspectives, relevant professional experience, and English language competency.

Required language skills

English: C1 - Show proficiency scales

Examination languages


Time and place


November 2021 (every second year)


2 years, part-time; 1,800 hours

Application period

01.02.-31.07.2021 (late applications may be accepted upon request until 20.09.2021)


ETH Zurich

Tuition fee

CHF 55,000 for the entire programme
(ca. CHF 16,000 should be calculated for food and accommodation for the face–to–face modules for those who do not live in Zurich).

Deregistration fee

30 days or more after admission CHF 10 000



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Questions about the application

ETH Zurich, School for Continuing Education, HG E 17-18.5, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich, Tel. 0041 (0)44 632 56 59 , info [a] sce[.]ethz[.]ch

Application documents

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Additional application documents

Besides your letter of motivation and C.V., please provide any additional documents related to your work experience of mediation in peace processes and career perspectives in this field (e.g. recommendation letters, institutional career pathways), if these are available. Please also clarify if you are being sent by an organization (e.g. MFA) and indicate how you plan to be mentored (e.g. by the foreign ministry sending you, the UN, a regional organization, NGO, or another entity with mediation expertise) in your mediation work during and after the programme.


Programme management

Professor Andreas Wenger (Programme Director) and Professor Lars-Erik Cederman (Deputy Programme Director)


ETH Zurich, Professor Andreas Wenger, Director of the Center for Security Studies (CSS), Tel. 0041 (0)44 632 40 25 and
ETH Zurich, Eemeli Isoaho, MAS ETH MPP, Programme Coordinator, Tel. 0041 (0)44 632 44 87 , masmediation [a] ethz[.]ch

Responsible body

ETH Zurich, Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (D-GESS), Center for Security Studies (CSS)


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Information material

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