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Study a Master of Peace and Conflict Studies with us

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

Why study with us?

  • #22 in the world

    We're ranked 22nd in the world for Arts and Humanities in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • #1 in Australia

    Our graduates are ranked 1st in Australia and 5th in the world for employability by the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019.

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.

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for postgraduate study for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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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

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 (to be considered for CSP, you must apply by 15 January)

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year (to be considered for CSP, you must apply by 30 June)

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

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.

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.

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
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

International students

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