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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

Prepare yourself for a career in peace building with the Master of Social Justice (Peace and Conflict Studies) degree. 

The Peace and Conflict Studies stream will give you a chance to 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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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

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

Students in the Master of Social Justice (Peace and Conflict Studies) take four elemental cores that offer an interdisciplinary grounding in development, peace and conflict, and human rights. All MSJ students take these cores together, thereby building cohesion among and between students in the different streams. Students will grapple with some of the world’s most complex social justice problems in these cores, including eradicating poverty, facilitating conflict transformation, addressing human rights violations, and responding to the globe’s most pressing environmental crises. 

Students in the MSJ (Peace and Conflict Studies) additionally complete three selective units that highlight the role of peace with justice in transforming societies. Topics critical to the study of peace and conflict are covered in these units, including: the theory and practice of conflict resolution, approaches to reconciliation and conflict transformation, and the role of the United Nations in building peace and security. 

Three additional electives allow students to broaden their knowledge in social justice-related fields.

Finally, students undertake a 2-semester capstone project focusing on a topic relevant to peace and conflict studies, either completing a dissertation or undertaking a social justice internship pathway, preparing students for higher degree research or professional practice, respectively. 

In sum, to qualify for the Master of Social Justice (Peace and Conflict Studies) you must complete 12 units  of study (72 credit points) including:

  • Four core units  (24 credit points) common to all MSJ streams
  • Three peace and conflict selective units (18 credit points)
  • Three elective units (18 credit points) from approved units offered throughout the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; and
  • A two-semester capstone (12 credit points), (either a dissertation or an internship) on a topic related to peace and conflict studies

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.

Capstone (compulsory project)

As part of the Master of Social Justice (Peace and Conflict Studies) you are required to complete 12 credit points of capstone units of study. You can complete either of the following capstone options:

  • Year-long dissertation project
  • Student placement program.

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature for the Master of Social Justice (Peace and Conflict Studies) requires:

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

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates may 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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