Institute of Peace, Leadership & Governance

  • Overview
  • Programme Structure
  • Admission Requirements
  • Fees & Scholarships

The courses required for the Graduate Diploma will normally be the same as for the Masters programme, except that Graduate Diploma students will not be required to undertake an internship or write a dissertation. In place of an internship and a dissertation Graduate Diploma students will do a project. To be awarded the Graduate Diploma the student must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of approved courses.



The duration of the programme shall be 12 months and the maximum period allowed for a student to complete the requirements for the award of the Graduate Deploma in Peace and Governance shall be in accordance with the University general regulations for graduate part-time programmes.

The programme will be divided into the follows phases:

In the first phase of the programme students will take the following six core courses:

  1. PPC 510: Peace and Conflict: Theory and Practice      (3 credits)
  2. PLA 510: Leadership: Theory and Practice        (3 credits)
  3. PGS 510: Governance in Africa            (3 credits)
  4. PLG 500: African Social, Economic and Political Environment (3 credits)
  5. PGS 516: Development: Theory and Practice    (3 credits)
  6. PLG 501: Research Methodology            (3 credits)

In the Second Phase students are required to take two courses in their area of specialization which would be either:

  • Peace Studies and Conflict Management (PPC)
  • Leadership in Africa (PLA)
  • Governance and Civil Society (PGS)

Any additional two courses will be selected from any of the following:

Peace Studies and Conflict Management

  1. PPC 511: Peacekeeping and Peace-building    (3 credits)
  2. PPC 512: Applied Conflict Management in Africa  (3 credits)   
  3. PPC 514: Institutions of Peace and Security (3 credits)   
  4. PPC 514: Conflict, Peace and Development (3 credits)

Leadership in Africa

  1. PLA 511: Leadership in Peace and Governance  (3 credits)
  2. PLA 512: Comparative Leadership in Africa  (3 credits)
  3. PLA 513: Leadership in Private Sector and Social Development (3 credits)
  4. PLA 514/PLP 515 Citizen Engagement in Leadership Development (3 credits)

Governance in Africa

  1. PGS 511: Civil Society in Africa (3 credits)
  2. PGS 512: Human Rights and the Rule of Law (3 credits)
  3. PGS 513: Democratisation in Africa (3 credits)
  4. PGS 514: Media, Democracy and Development (3 credits)
  5. PGS 515: Youth in Development  (3 credits)


Prospective participants are expected to meet the following criteria:

1.    Possess an undergraduate degree with at least 2.1 or better;
2.    At least 2 years work experience in a civil society, or public sectors;   
3.    English proficiency (as the course will be delivered in English);


The programme will be offered on weekends only in Harare and Mutare.
The payment plan is such that a student will initially be required to register for 2 courses and progress depends upon successful competition of the registered courses.  For current fees update refer to this link Click here


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