One of the first of its kind in the world, this certificate equips students and practitioners with rigorous and practical skills in preventing atrocities at the local, national and global level.

  • This four-course program focuses on the critical importance of strengthening both strategic assessment and prevention as well as developing capacity to better respond to and avert potential mass atrocity situations.
  • Offered through an intensive coursework mode you will undertake subjects that challenge you to reflect on current global issues. It is targeted at practitioners within the Asia Pacific region working in government, civil society and international organisations.

The field of atrocity prevention is an increasingly important area of expertise, and reflects a growing international and state resolve to stop atrocity situations before they occur.

  • Teaching staff

    Global standing

    Taught by the School of Political Science and International Studies, including the staff of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (APR2P) - a leading research centre on the Responsibility to Protect doctrine and the prevention of mass atrocities.

  • In the classroom

    Study options

    Benefit from a program that's offered in intensive mode, taking approximately one week per course in June and July each year.

  • Why study

    Further study opportunities

    Students can take the certificate as a standalone program or have the credit count towards the School's Master in Peace and Conflict Studies.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    The School of Political Science and International Studies has a lively intellectual culture and hosts high-profile annual lectures, research seminars, public lectures and photography competitions.

Career outcomes

This Graduate Certificate provides essential skills in the area of atrocity prevention to those who work, or plan to work, within government, non-government organisations or international organisations.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


An approved degree with a GPA of 4.5; or

Have completed post-secondary studies and two years' relevant work experience, approved by the executive dean.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Atrocity Prevention are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Atrocity Prevention. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

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