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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Social Justice is a compact yet vibrant program that offers students the opportunity to explore pressing social justice issues through a flexible course of study, wherein Graduate Certificate candidates take classes alongside their peers studying in other associated fields including human rights, peace and conflict and development studies.  

Why study with us?

As a student in the Graduate Certificate in Social Justice, you can select from a range of units to gain a strong early footing in understanding social justice issues and how to imagine principled and practical responses. You will benefit from the program’s intellectual rigor, taught by passionate and experienced teachers. 

Graduate certificates are a good alternative if you want to try out postgraduate study or increase the breadth of your expertise and knowledge, or if you’re unable to meet the requirements for direct entry into a Master’s degree.

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Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Candidates in the Graduate Certificate in Social Justice are required to take two core units and two additional elective units. 

In sum: 

  • 2 units (12 credit points) of core units of study; 
  • 2 units (12 credit points) from elective 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

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Social Justice requires:

  • a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, with a major in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification: or
  • relevant, recent professional qualifications and experience may be assessed as suitable for admission by delegated Authority under the provision for exceptional circumstances outlined in Clause 2(5)(1)(b) and (c) of the Coursework Rule.

Graduate opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Social Justice serves as a launching pad to help you gain critical skills and contacts in pursuing meaningful work in social justice-related fields in a range of sectors, including NGOs, government, business, media and international organisations.  Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate can also apply to upgrade to the full Master of Social Justice degree.

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