Graduate Certificate of Gender, Peace and Security

The Graduate Certificate of Gender, Peace and Security will enable leaders to better integrate gender perspectives into peace and security policymaking at all levels – local, national, regional and global.

Course description

With a focus on considering current peace and security challenges, and balancing scholarly background together with technical skills, you will develop an enhanced understanding of the gendered politics of conflict, security and peace processes. You’ll gain training on the facilitation of women’s participation in peacebuilding and the prevention of conflict, violent extremism and insecurity. You’ll also have access to industry partners through guest lectures and informal meetings to develop your networks, hear about recent developments in the field, and to understand the relationship between research and its application in the field.

On graduation you’ll be equipped with the requisite gender-sensitive, gender-responsive and gender-inclusive knowledge and tools in order to significantly contribute to the development of equitable, inclusive and peaceful societies.​

Career outcomes

The course is designed specifically for policymakers, practitioners and current and future leaders. You’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge to advance your career and to make a positive impact on security, justice and peace in your country. Graduates may pursue careers in a range of areas including:

  • Policy design, analysis and evaluation
  • Programmatic design, implementation and evaluation
  • Research
  • Gender advising
  • Defence and foreign policy
  • Conflict resolution and peacebuilding
  • Security sector reform
  • Humanitarian and disaster response

​And, for those interested in further study, the Graduate Certificate also provides a pathway into the Master of International Relations, or the Master of International Development Practice.​

Course delivery and structure

Adopting a participatory and industry-applied philosophy of teaching and learning, the course is offered via a blended learning model, allowing for face-to-face interactions, networking and experiences, with online pre- and post-unit learning.

The course comprises 24 points structured into two core units. Each unit is taken intensively via a five day face-to-face program, offered in July and November each year. You’ll also complete pre- and post-unit online delivery components.

Core units

​For further information about eligibility and how to apply, visit the Monash University course finder.