single degree

Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

A single one year graduate award offered by the Department of International Relations

MPCS
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan MPCS
  • Post Nominal MPeaConStu
  • CRICOS code 114599E
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan MPCS
  • Post Nominal MPeaConStu
  • CRICOS code 114599E
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies requires completion of 48 units which must consist of:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses: 

INTR8052 Key Debates in Peace and Conflict Studies 

INTR8088 Key Skills in Peace and Conflict Studies 

INTR8086 Meet the practitioner series (0 units)

 

A minimum of 18 units from completion of the following foundational courses:

INTR8020 Atrocity prevention in the 21st century

INTR8053 Ethics of Peace and War 

INTR8062 Humanitarianism in World Politics

INTR8077 Women, Peace and Security 

INTR8078 Interventions and Statebuilding: From Fragility to Resilience 

INTR8087 Climate change, Peace and Security 

MEAS8111 Drivers of Violent Extremism: The Local and the Global in the Middle East

POLS8053 Internal Armed Conflicts in Asia

REGN8005 Restorative Justice in the World


A maximum of 18 units from completion of thematic courses from the following lists:

1) Asia and the Pacific region-focused courses

ASIA6042 Reconciliation and the Memory of Conflict in Asia 

ASIA8048 Disasters and Epidemics in Asia and the Pacific

DIPL8013 Pacific Diplomacy

INTR8022 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific

INTR8064 Gender, War, and Justice in South and Southeast Asia

MEAS8109 Energy and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus

PASI8005 The Politics of Aid and Development in the Pacific

STST8002 The New Power Politics of Asia

STST8010 Strategic Studies Concepts and Asia Pacific Conflict

STST8053 Alliances in Asia: Theory, history and practice

            

2) Interdisciplinary courses

DIPL8010 Harnessing Diplomacy for International Development 

INTR8032 Global Security 

INTR8045 Global governance 

INTR8050 States, Globalisation and the Movement of Peoples 

INTR8018 Special Topics in International Relations

LAWS8314 Post Conflict Situations and International Law

LAWS8409 Strategic Issues in the Law of Armed Conflict

MEAS8112 Dynamics of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

MEAS8127 Sectarianism: the State and the Roots of Conflict in the Middle East

POLS8027 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

POLS8043 State Formation and Contested Political Orders

REGN8013 Crime, Governance and Security

REGN8023 Governing Global Migration

STST8001 Strategic Studies

STST8052 The Resort to Force - Understanding Military Power

            

3) Professional development

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A

DIPL8015 International Relations Internship

INTR8072 Research Designs and Methods

One course from any of the following areas: 

ARAB – Arabic

INDG – Australian Indigenous Languages 

BURM – Burmese 

CHIN – Cantonese, Modern Chinese, and Taiwanese

FREN – French 

GERM – German 

HIND – Hindi 

INDN – Indonesian 

ITAL – Italian 

JPNS – Japanese 

KORE – Korean 

MNGL – Mongolian 

PERS – Persian  

PORT – Portuguese 

RUSS – Russian 

SPAN – Spanish 

TETM – Tetum 

THAI – Thai

TIBN – Tibetan 

TOKP – Tok Pisin

TURK – Turkish 

VIET – Vietnamese  


Admission Requirements

Applicants must present one of the following:

  • a cognate Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7
  • a cognate Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7 and a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7
  • a cognate Bachelor or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program
  • a cognate Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program
  • a cognate Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7
  • a minimum of 10 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program


At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. 


Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0. 

However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. 

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of: 

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency. 


Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission 


Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.


Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.


 Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au


ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications


Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Cognate Disciplines

Asia Pacific Studies

Diplomacy

International Relations

International Security

Political Science

Public Policy

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$35,490.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$53,370.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)@

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.@

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

For millions worldwide, the threat or reality of violent conflict is a daily reality. The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies equips students with the knowledge and skills to understand the nature of peace and conflict, the causes and experiences of violence, and the many ways in which national and international bodies can respond to those challenges. The program brings together diverse disciplinary insights, demonstrating how the different ways we interpret peace and conflict can influence what we see, what we respond to, and how we may judge success and failure. Drawing particularly on the Asia Pacific but with a global outlook, this award equips its graduates with the abilities to work in a wide range of private, civil society, and governmental organisations.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the core debates, issues, concepts, and contemporary challenges of peace and conflict studies.
  2. Understand the relationship between the field of peace and conflict studies and other related fields such as international relations, diplomacy, comparative politics, international law, development, and Asia and Pacific studies.
  3. Analyse transnational issues in a globalised environment using analytical and practical conflict analysis skills.
  4. Apply high-level research and writing skills to study peace and conflict studies issues in the Asia and the Pacific region.
  5. Evaluate new challenges to the maintenance of peace and the prevention and resolution of conflict in both scholarly and policy-relevant terms and generate options to address them.
  6. Communicate findings in academic and professional contexts, justifying their approach and methods as appropriate.
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