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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

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

Gain a distinctive qualification in this growing field, focusing on the interconnections between peace, conflict and justice. From justice and reconciliation after mass violence to the role of the United Nations in peacekeeping and 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 unique program focusing on key issues in peace and conflict studies combined with practical skills in conflict resolution, peace journalism and conflict-sensitive development and topics including transitional justice and reconciliation, cultures of violence, environmental peacebuilding and religion, war and peace. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a Model UN and other experiential learning activities as part of the coursework program.

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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 (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 in the Graduate Diploma in Social Justice (Peace and Conflict Studies) are required to take three exciting core units, three units from the Peace and Conflict Studies selective stream, and two additional elective units. 

In sum:

Graduate Diploma in Social Justice (Peace and Conflict Studies) requires the satisfactory completion of:

  • 3 units (18 credit points) of core units of study; 
  • 3 units (18 credit points) from selective units of study in the Peace and Conflict stream; and,
  • 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 Diploma in Social Justice (Peace and Conflict Studies) requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with a minimum 60 percent average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, with a major in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent level of performance in an equivalent qualification; or
  • completion of the Graduate Certificate in Social Justice with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification.

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

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