Peace and Conflict Studies
A degree in Peace and Conflict Studies prepares candidates to engage with issues of conflict, violence, peace, justice and human rights on a local and global scale.
You will learn about peace journalism with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies Director, Associate Professor Jake Lynch, a former presenter on BBC World News; the challenges of building peace and reconciliation after mass violence with leading transitional justice scholar, Dr Wendy Lambourne; and from expert commentators on everything from the role of the United Nations in international peace and security to community mediation, the psychology of peace and the human right to food.
Informed by the latest research, the coursework program focuses on developing theoretical understanding and practical skills that can be applied to the increasingly diverse field of peace and conflict studies. The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies degree can be studied via a combination of distance learning and intensive face-to-face teaching, as well as full or part-time study in Sydney. Graduates can go on to enjoy challenging and rewarding careers as consultants or employees with the United Nations, non-governmental organisations, universities, media organisations, the private sector and government departments and agencies.
Associate Professor Jake Lynch
Phone: +61 2 9351 5440
Please refer to the degree resolutions in this Handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different coursework award courses.
Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies
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 or capstone units of study
- a maximum of 12 credit points from core elective units of study
Graduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies are required to complete 48 credit points including:
- a minimum of 18 credit points of core or capstone units of study
- a minimum of 18 credit points from core elective units of study
- a maximum of 12 credit points from elective units of study
Master of Peace and Conflict Studies
Candidates for the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies are required to complete 72 credit points including:
- a minimum of 18 credit points from core units of study
- a minimum of 18 credit points from core electives
- a maximum of 24 credit points from elective units of study
- 6 credit points from capstone units of study
Candidates who have completed previous study in a relevant discipline may be eligible for a reduction in the requirements in accordance with the table below.
|Level of prior learning||Full-time duration||Credit points to complete|
|AQF Level 7 eg. a bachelor's degree in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Law||1.5 years||72|
|Relevant professional experience equivalent to a Graduate Certificate||1 year||48|
|AQF Level 8 eg. Honours in a relevant discipline||1 year||48|
Important note: Master of Peace and Conflict Studies – Distance-learning and intensive face-to-face delivery
The following core units and core elective units will be offered online in 2016:
- PACS6911 Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies
- PACS6915 Human Rights, Peace and Justice
Core elective units
- PACS6901 United Nations, Peace and Security
- PACS6922 Peaceful Conflict Transformation
- PACS6923 Human Right to Food
- PACS6924 Democracy in the Developing World
- PACS6925 Peace and the Global Compact
In addition, the following core, capstone and core elective units will be offered in intensive mode during Summer School, Winter School or during semester in 2016:
- PACS6921 Peace of Mind: Psychology of Peace
- PACS6931 Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice
Core elective units
- PACS6913 Conflict in Organisations
- PACS6914 Conflict-Resolving Media
- PACS6927 Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding
- PACS6928 Community Mediation: Theory and Practice
This mode of delivery is not CRICOS registered and is not available to international students on a student visa who come to Sydney to study onshore.
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 of study on campus as part of a distance-learning master's.
The MPACS by distance is also available to local students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, citizens of New Zealand) residing outside the Sydney metropolitan area. Applicants should contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences office directly for advice or to request an application pack.
The MPACS degree 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.
International students in Sydney may undertake a maximum 25 percent of their course requirements online and may not enrol in exclusively distance or online study in any compulsory study period.
Students must have a substantial background in a relevant academic discipline to be eligible to enrol in research degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Dr Wendy Lambourne
Phone: +61 2 9036 9286
Please refer to the degree resolutions in this Handbook and to the Faculty Admissions Policy and Procedure for: Doctor of Philosophy: Pathways to admission, for information on the specific admission requirements for different research award courses.
The Master of Arts (Research) is designed to develop students’ disciplinary knowledge and research skills through a program of postgraduate coursework (up to two units of study) and a supervised research project culminating in a thesis of 26,000 – 30,000 words. This degree is suitable for students who have a major in a relevant field but who do not have an honours degree.
The Master of Philosophy is a research degree in which candidates undertake an extended piece of original research, which is the basis for an individually supervised thesis of 40,000 – 60,000 words. Candidates for the Master of Philosophy may apply to upgrade to the Doctor of Philosophy after the first year.
The Doctor of Arts and Doctor of Social Sciences are professional doctorates intended for students with employment or professional experience in a relevant field. Candidates complete five postgraduate coursework units of study and a 50,000-word individually supervised thesis based on an original research project, which makes a significant contribution to the field.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree has the most stringent requirements for entry. Candidates are required to undertake a major original research project and to write an individually supervised thesis of 70,000 – 100,000 words, which makes an original and significant contribution to the field.