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Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

Study a Master of Peace and Conflict Studies with us in 2018

Prepare for a career in peace building with the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Overview

Gain a distinctive qualification in this growing field, focusing on the interconnections between peace, conflict, justice and human rights. From conflict transformation after mass violence to the role of the media in peace building, we will explore the intellectual and practical challenges of attaining peace with justice in a program that you can tailor to suit your personal interests and career aspirations.

Why study with us?

Learn from leading scholars and expert commentators and practitioners in a range of units of study covering peace journalism, transitional justice, human rights, reconciliation, the psychology of peace, non-violence, community mediation, the United Nations, conflict-sensitive development, religion, war and peace. Take the opportunity to learn skills in conflict analysis and resolution in the program’s capstone unit.

You can complete a dissertation or social justice internship pathway as part 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.

Specialisations

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

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What you'll study

To qualify for the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies you must complete 72 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 18 credit points of core units of study; and
  • a minimum of 18 credit points from core electives: and
  • a maximum of 24 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; and
  • 6 credit points from capstone units of study.

Recognition of Prior Learning / credit for previous studies is available for this course, refer to Admission requirement below.

Units of Study

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Admission requirement

Entry in the 1 year or 1.5 year degree program is determined by the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) criteria below:

Admission to candidature for the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (1.5 years full-time) requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, with a major in the humanities or social sciences; or an equivalent qualification.

Admission to candidature for the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (1 year full-time) requires:

  • completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • an Honours degree in a relevant discipline; or
  • relevant professional work experience and a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) average or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet the requirements listed above for direct entry to the Master’s degree, you may be able to enter via a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in the same subject area and upgrade to the Master’s after successful completion of the shorter course.

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
Future study options

You must have a substantial background in a relevant academic discipline to be eligible to enrol in research degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 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 increase


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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% 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 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 costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% 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.

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