Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
Students in our Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies course come from a wide range of backgrounds and countries, which provides for a rich learning environment. Our postgraduate program at the University of Sydney is unique in its application of theories of peace and violence to the transformation of conflict in both interpersonal and political contexts. We draw on a variety of disciplines including psychology, sociology, history and international relations. When you graduate, you will be prepared to engage with issues on a local and global scale.
You will have the opportunity to gain practical skills and experience through volunteering or working with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and associated organisation the Sydney Peace Foundation. You will also be encouraged to contribute to the Centre’s biannual newsletter, PeaceWrites.
Informed by the latest research, the course focuses on developing theoretical understanding and practical skills that can be applied to the increasingly diverse related work field. Graduates can go on to enjoy challenging and rewarding careers as consultants or employees of the United Nations, non-government organisations, universities, private sector, government departments and agencies.
Many units of study are offered in the evening or in intensive teaching mode, making it easier for students in Sydney who are wanting to complete the degree whilst working full-time. A number of units are also taught online each semester. Students who live and work in other countries or states of Australia are able to complete the Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies degree via a combination of distance learning and intensive face-to-face teaching in Sydney.
Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- ARTS7000 - Academic Communication for Postgraduates
- CISS6002 - Strategy & Security in the Asia-Pacific
- CISS6004 - Health and Security
- CISS6006 - Statebuilding and 'Fragile States'
- CISS6013 - Middle East Conflict and Security
- CISS6018 - Nuclear Arms Control & Non-proliferation
- CISS6020 - Geopolitics of Energy Security in Asia
- DVST6901 - Development: Civil Society and Wellbeing
- DVST6905 - Development Project Evaluation
- DVST6906 - Culture & Politics of Health Development
- ECOP6018 - Economic Development: Growth & Wellbeing
- ECOP6101 - Core Concepts in Political Economy
- ECOP6108 - Economic Management for Sustainability
- ECOP6130 - Human Rights & International Development
- GEOS5501 - Human Rights and the Environment
- GOVT6108 - Democracy and Development in SE Asia
- GOVT6116 - International Organisations
- GOVT6119 - International Security
- GOVT6121 - Northeast Asian Politics
- GOVT6123 - Globalisation and Governance
- GOVT6135 - Global Environmental Politics
- GOVT6137 - Forces of Change in Int Relations
- GOVT6147 - Foundations of International Relations
- GOVT6156 - Governance and Civil Society
- GOVT6220 - The State,Secession,and Civil War
- GOVT6304 - Development and World Politics
- HSTY6992 - Monuments,Memory and History
- JCTC6915 - Contemporary Response to the Holocaust
- LNGS7006 - Cross-Cultural Communication
- MECO6901 - Dealing with the Media
- MECO6926 - International Media Practice
- MIPH5135 - Health Systems in Developing Countries
- PACS6901 - United Nations,Peace and Security
- PACS6909 - Cultures of Violence
- PACS6911 - Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies
- PACS6912 - Nonviolence: Philosophy and Practice
- PACS6913 - Conflict in Organisations
- PACS6914 - Conflict-Resolving Media
- PACS6915 - Human Rights,Peace and Justice
- PACS6917 - Religion,War and Peace
- PACS6921 - Peace of Mind: The Psychology of Peace
- PACS6922 - Peaceful Conflict Transformation
- PACS6923 - The Human Right to Food
- PACS6924 - Democracy in the Developing World
- PACS6925 - Peace and the Global Compact
- PACS6927 - Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding
- PACS6928 - Community Mediation: Theory and Practice
- PACS6930 - Ethics for a Sustainable Peace
- PACS6934 - Conflict-Sensitive Development Practice
- PRFM6900 - Theatre and Community Development
- SCLG6902 - Doing Social Research
- SCLG6903 - New Debates in Social Theory
- USSC6903 - US Foreign and National Security Policy
- USSC6920 - US Media: Politics,Culture,Technology
Further course information
The Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies requires the satisfactory completion of 4 units of study (24 credit points) (cp), including the core unit of study (6cp) PACS6901 Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies. Other units of study are normally chosen from the list of approved electives, or undertaken in a relevant or related field, subject to the approval of the academic coordinator.
Peace and Conflict Studies is an interdisciplinary program which provides students with the knowledge and practical skills for a range of careers associated with conflict resolution, international peace and security, social justice, human rights, and community and international development. Graduates of Peace and Conflict Studies work for the United Nations, international non-government organisations, local community organisations, universities and government departments, and as peace-builders, community workers, diplomats, academics, conflict resolution practitioners and researchers.
Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies requires a bachelor’s degree in any area. Relevant, recent professional qualifications and experience may be assessed as suitable for admission by the Dean under the provision for exceptional circumstances outlined in the Coursework Rule.
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the admissions criteria. In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications but whose evidence of experience and achievement is deemed by the Dean to be equivalent. For the admissions criteria see section 5, Admission to candidature, of the course resolutions
How to apply
How to apply
Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through UAC - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.
Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply:
(i) directly to the University via the International Office. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or
(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies combined distance learning and intensive face-to-face delivery mode is not CRICOS registered and is therefore not available to international students on a student visa who come to Sydney to study on shore. Students wishing to undertake the course in this delivery mode must apply to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences instead of the International Office. Please consult the Australian High Commission for advice about the appropriate visa to come to Sydney to undertake a unit or units of study.
The MPACS course is also offered as an onshore course (CRICOS registered) for international students on a student visa who must apply through the International Office for admission.
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.