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Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies

Overview

Develop an understanding of varied forms of conflict and resistance, and ways to move from conflict to peace.

The Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies will build your knowledge about the forces that generate contemporary conflict and the processes and practices that contribute to conflict, resolution and peacebuilding.

The half year full-time (or part-time equivalent) program is delivered by world-renowned academics and researchers with expertise in areas such as Indigenous politics, gender, ethics, justice, development, security and the environment. They'll draw on their research experience in conflict settings to help you develop an understanding of varied expressions of conflict and resistance, and ways to move from conflict to peace.

The program is housed in the Graduate Centre in Governance and International Affairs within UQ’s School of Political Science and International Studies, which is recognised internationally as a leader in peace and conflict studies research and teaching.

You'll study alongside students from a range of countries and backgrounds, giving you a global perspective. There are opportunities for applied fieldwork experience, independent study or research experience on Australian or overseas projects.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
Half Year (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023), Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2023)
Program Code
5648
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$15872 (2022 indicative per year)
Duration
Half Year
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023), Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2023)
Semester dates for 2024 are yet to be confirmed
Program Code
5648
CRICOS Code
089179D
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Study at UQ’s School of Political Science and International Studies, recognised globally as a leader in peace and conflict studies research and teaching.
  • Benefit from topics covering issues such as peacebuilding, conflict resolution and prevention, mediation, nonviolence, gender and security, as well as peace and development.
  • Learn how conflicts emerge and how they can be managed and solved in a nonviolent manner.
  • Graduate ready for a range of careers nationally and internationally, within government, professional and non-government organisations.

1 in Queensland for politics

QS World University Rankings 2022

1 in Queensland for social policy and administration

QS World University Rankings 2022

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2023.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Overseas study
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Writing Politics
  • Foundations in Political Ideas
  • Security and Development
  • Conflict Resolution

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • UN special rapporteur
  • Peacekeeping official
  • NGO manager
  • Indigenous rights adviser
  • Humanitarian aid official
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Human rights advocate
  • Crisis management adviser
  • Diplomatic corps official
  • Conflict resolution specialist

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry, you'll need:

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, or
  • to have completed post-secondary studies and have 2 years of full-time equivalent relevant work experience (see below). Applications on the basis of post-secondary study and/or work experience will be individually assessed.
You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, or
  • to have completed post-secondary studies and have 2 years of full-time equivalent relevant work experience (see below). Applications on the basis of post-secondary study and/or work experience will be individually assessed.
You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

Relevant disciplines for previous qualifications

Relevant disciplines include degrees with a sequence of study in peace and conflict studies, international relations, political science, sociology, cultural studies, history, economics/political economy, anthropology or ethnography, or law.

You must have completed at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content in the discipline, including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.

Relevant work experience

Relevant work experience, which should be supported with evidence (see below), may be paid or voluntary and includes:

  • work in a relevant peace and conflict organisation including community organisations, non-governmental organisations, government agencies, or other cognate organisations, that may include work experience in planning, research, management, implementation or evaluation of domestic or international peacebuilding, mediation, conflict resolution, transitional justice and cognate efforts to manage conflict or facilitate peace, and
  • a demonstration of computer literacy, research and writing skills, and the ability to work collaboratively.

Evidence of relevant work experience should include a letter from your employer (and/or previous employers) stating the following:

  • That you work (or worked) within the specified organisation
  • The nature of your work, including any relevant duties and responsibilities.
  • The length that you were there (i.e. 3 years)
  • The level at which you worked (full-time, part-time* or casual*)

*if you worked part-time or casual, please list the average amount of hours worked per week

Related programs

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (8 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

$11,920

2022

Fee information for 2023 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2022.

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Approximate yearly cost of tuition (8 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $15,872

2023

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in Semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in Semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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