Graduate Diploma 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.

The Graduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies will give you a critical understanding of the causes of conflict and violence, and the means of attaining peace, justice and human rights on a local and global scale. Informed by the latest research, this program focuses on developing the theoretical understanding and practical skills that can be applied to the increasingly diverse field of peace and conflict studies.

The course includes three core units of study, at least three core electives, and a capstone experience which can take the form of a dissertation, internship or advocacy project. As well as gaining a core body of knowledge in the field, you will also be able to choose from a range or electives or opt to complete a minor specialisation, selected from areas such as development studies, human rights, political economy, international relations, security studies, area studies or social science policy, theory and methods.

The program provides the opportunity to study with expert commentators and practitioners in nonviolence, community mediation, human rights, the United Nations, faith-based peacebuilding, and the psychology of peace.

Many units of study are offered in the evening or in intensive teaching mode, making it easier for students in Sydney to complete the course while 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 course via a combination of distance learning and intensive face?to?face teaching in Sydney.

Course outline

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online postgraduate handbook.

Study plan


The Graduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies requires the satisfactory completion of:

(a) a minimum of 18 credit points of core units of study; and

(b) a minimum of 18 credit points from core elective units of study; and

(c) a maximum of 12 credit points from elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points of elective units can be taken from units of study outside those listed in the Peace and Conflict Studies subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including a maximum of 6 credit points from units of study offered by other faculties.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

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

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 60 percent average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, with a major in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification or

(b) completion of the Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification.

Upgrade is possible from a Grad Cert to a Grad Dip or Masters in the embedded degree.

Upgrade is possible for a Grad Dip to Masters in the embedded degree.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

International students

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).

Important note:

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.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

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Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

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Additional incidental fees

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Potential for inaccuracy

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International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

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Annual review

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Additional incidental fees and health insurance

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Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Graduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies.