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Overview

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

Why study with us?

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.

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.  

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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.

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

Your funding & scholarships

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 (February) 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 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

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

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.

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 Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with a minimum 60% 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
  • completion of the Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification.

You can progress from the Graduate Diploma to Masters in the same subject area, after successful completion of the shorter course.

Course opportunities

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.

Career Pathways

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

Domestic students

International students

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