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.

One of only a handful of programs of its kind in the world, the Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies provides a distinctive qualification in a growing field and can be tailored to your interests.

In addition to a core program of peace and conflict studies units, you can pursue electives from a range of disciplines, including development studies, human rights, political economy, international relations and security studies.

From justice and reconciliation after mass violence to the role of religion in war and peace, a broad range of subjects is on offer in this course. Taught by experts in the field, this course will prepare you for both the intellectual and practical challenges of a career in peace building or related fields.

Why study with us?
Study with leading scholars and expert commentators and practitioners in peace journalism, transitional justice, conflict resolution, nonviolence, community mediation, human rights, the United Nations, faith- based peacebuilding and the psychology of peace.

You can complete a dissertation or undertake a social justice internship pathway in the latter stages of the degree, preparing you for higher degree research or professional practice. Our distance-learning program allows mid-career professionals to obtain a globally recognised qualification without having to relocate to 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

Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies are required to complete 24 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study
  • a maximum of 12 credit points from core elective units of study

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enjoy challenging and rewarding professional careers with the United Nations, non-government organisations, media organisations, the private sector, government departments and agencies. A number of our graduates have gone on to pursue a PhD and academic career.

Our graduates hold positions such as
− International Programs Officer, UNICEF
− Managing Director and Mediator, Negocio Resolutions
− Reporter, The Guardian
− Junior Professional Officer, World Bank
− Knowledge Broker, United Nations Development Programme
− Humanitarian Policy Officer, AusAID
− Producer, ABC
− Project and Gender Officer, United Network of Young Peacebuilders
− Manager of Business Intelligence and Communication, Oil Search Health Foundation
− Youth Outreach Coordinator, Oxfam

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney, with a major in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification or

(b) 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

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.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

International students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

If you would like to apply through a University approved agent, visit Agents and Representatives.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will 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 costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.