Diploma in Sustainable Development and Human Rights (Rolling Enrollments)


The Human Rights Centre of the United Nations mandated University for Peace is offering a brand new Professional Development Diploma in Sustainable Development and Human Rights, courses for which can be taken entirely online.

 As the name suggests, this programme focuses on the human rights dimensions of sustainable development, with a major thrust on the implementation of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals through human rights based approaches (HRBA). This Diploma, aimed at professionals seeking training for career development, can be obtained upon successful completion of five of the six online courses offered in the programme. Enrollments are open on a rolling basis and participants can join the programme at the beginning of any of the following six courses:

1. Development and Human Rights: 21 March – 01 May, 2018

2. Business, Human Rights, and Development: 16 May – 26 June, 2018

3. Child Rights and Development: 18 July – 28 August, 2018

4. Environment, Development, and Human Rights: 12 September – 23 October, 2018

5. Gender, Development, and Human Rights: 7 November – 18 December, 2018

6. Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Development: 16 January – 26 February, 2019

Each of these courses is also offered as a stand-alone certificate course, but participants can now obtain a professional development diploma by taking five of the aforementioned six courses which fall within the overarching theme of sustainable development and human rights. The diploma is designed in a way that participants develop incremental expertise in the different limbs of sustainable development and its linkages with human rights.

Who Should Apply

The course is intended for staff members of (inter)governmental and civil society organizations working in the interface between development and human rights work, including in the fields of rights protection, development aid, social responsibility, trade and investment, environment protection, indigeneity, gender, child rights etc. The course is also intended for staff members of (international) development agencies, academics and others interested in the aforesaid areas. (Post)Graduate students with specific research interests in these areas are also encouraged to apply. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use.

Course Fee

For Diploma: Fee for taking this diploma is USD 2400 (as against USD 3000, if paid for each stand-alone course separately). Fee for alumni of UPEACE and the Centre enrolling for the Diploma programme is USD 2100.

For Diploma and 10 Academic Credits: Participants are also able to take the five courses in the diploma for a total of 10 graduate level academic credits offered by UPEACE (2 academic credits for each course). The total cost of participating in the diploma for academic credits is USD 4900 (USD 2400 + USD 2500). For alumni of UPEACE and the Centre, the total cost is USD 4600 (USD 2100 + USD 2500).

Application Procedure

To apply, please send an email to admissions@hrc.upeace.org along with your CV and a short Statement of Purpose (not more than 500 words) indicating the motivation for taking the diploma. Applicants will be contacted within three working days of the application.


Upon being admitted, payments may be made either by credit card or by wire transfer. Payment by wire transfer usually takes three to four business days to be deposited in our account. Payment by credit card is instant.

If you wish to make the payment by credit card, please go to https://payments.upeace.org/hrc/

Payments by wire transfer must be made to the following bank account:

Universidad para la Paz
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica
Bank account number:100-02-099-600195-4
Swift Code: BNCRCRSJ and IBAN: CR57015109910026001958
Avenidas 1 y 3, Calle 4
San José, Costa Rica

To view the original call please visit: http://www.hrc.upeace.org/2015/09/professional-development-diploma-in-development-and-human-rights/