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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

Graduate with the knowledge and practical skills to engage in conflict resolution, peacekeeping and peacebuilding in the contemporary global context.

The Master of 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 1.5 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.

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.

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process

Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

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
  • Foreign policy adviser
  • Conflict resolution specialist

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Prerequisites
An approved degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 5; or
A GCPaCS* or GCMedConfRes* or GCAP* or GCIS* or GDipIS* from the university with a GPA of 5; or

An approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 5 and a minimum of three years relevant professional experience.

Same discipline is defined as a degree with a sequence of study in peace and conflict studies, international relations, political science, sociology, cultural studies, media studies, communication, economics/political economy, anthropology or ethnography, and law.

Unless otherwise stated, the minimum amount of relevant work experience is 3 years full-time equivalent (either paid or voluntary) in a relevant peace and conflict organisation with documented evidence (such as references).
This 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. Work may be undertaken with community organisations, non-governmental organisations, government agencies, or other cognate organisations. The work experience should demonstrate computer literacy, research and writing skills, and ability to work collaboratively.

*Please note the GCPaCS or GCMedConfRes or GCAP or GCIS or GDipIS can only be used as the basis of entry into the program if you already have an existing approved degree in the same discipline.