Institute of Peace, Leadership & Governance

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


Progression will be in accordance with the University general regulations for Masters degrees. To proceed from coursework to dissertation a student must have successfully completed all the required courses and obtained a Grade Point Average of not less than 2.6.

Internship / Attachment

Each student shall undergo internship/attachment for a minimum of one semester in an approved organization. The work done during the internship/attachment will carry nine credit hours. The internship / attachment will take place at the end of the coursework and no student will be allowed to proceed to this stage until he/she has completed all the coursework requirements. At the completion of the internship/attachment  each student will be expected to submit a report, which will be 5 000 to 8000 words in length. Assessment of the internship/attachment will be in accordance with the University General Regulations.

Student Evaluation

Students shall be evaluated on the basis of both continuous assessment and final examination. The ratio of continuous assessment to final examination shall be 50:50. Continuous assessment grades will be based on class activities such as essays, seminar presentations and term papers.


Every student will be required to produce a dissertation of not less than 18 000 and not more than 20 000 words in length. A proposal must be submitted at the end of the second semester. The format of the dissertation shall be in accordance with the University general regulations for graduate degree programmes. The dissertation will account for six credit hours.

Graduation requirements

To be awarded the degree a student must:
1.    Successfully complete at least 36 credit hours, including all the required courses;
2.    Obtain a cumulative Grade Point Average of not less than 2.6;
3.    Successfully complete an internship programme and submit a satisfactory report; and
4.    Submit a satisfactory dissertation


The duration of the programme shall be four semesters full-time and eight semesters part-time. The maximum period allowed for a student to complete the requirements for the award of the Masters in Peace and Governance is in accordance with the University general regulations.

Course load

The course load shall normally be a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 credit hours per semester and six credit hours for part-time studies. A student must accumulate a minimum total of 36 credit hours to complete the programme.

First Semester   

All students must take and pass the following core courses:

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


Second semester (12 Credit Hours)

4 Courses from chosen area of specialization


Specialisation Courses

The programme offers specialization in three areas:

i. Peace Studies and Conflict Management (PPC)

ii. Leadership in Africa (PLA)

iii. Governance and Civil Society (PGS).


students are required to take four courses from any one of the following areas:

Peace Studies and Conflict Management

  1. PPC 511 Peace Keeping and Peace Building (3 Credit hours)
  2. PPC 512 Applied Conflict Management in Africa (3 Credit hours)
  3. PPC 513 Institutions of Peace and Security (3 Credit hours)
  4. PPC 514 Conflict, Peace and Development (3 Credit hours)

Leadership in Africa

  1. PLA 511 Leadership in Peace and Governance (3 Credit hours)
  2. PLA 512 Comparative Leadership in Africa (3 Credit hours)

Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance

PLA 513 Leadership in Private Sector and Social Development (3 Credit hours)


Governance and Civil Society

  1. PGS 511 Civil Society in Africa (3 Credit hours)
  2. PGS 512 Human Rights and the Rule of Law (3 Credit hours)
  3. PGS513 Democratisation in Africa (3 Credit hours)
  4. PGS 514 Media, Democracy and Development (3 Credit hours)
  5. PGS 515 Youth in Development (3 Credit hours)


Third semester (9 Credit hours)

Internship 9 Credit hours


Fourth Semester (6 Credits)

Dissertation 6 Credit hours


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