April 2014 Overview: GD Human Security & Peacebuilding

The Graduate Diploma (GD) in Human Security and Peacebuilding program provides working professionals, or those looking for a career in peacebuilding, with the theoretical and practical skills necessary to help restore peace and civil society in fractured countries where conflict and post-conflict contexts are present.

Delivery Model


Building upon Royal Roads' expertise in blended learning and online course delivery, the GD in Human Security and Peacebuilding program features one three-week mandatory residency, interactive online courses, cohort and team-based learning projects, applied assignments, and a major research project. Because the program is designed for working professionals, students can pursue their studies while still continuing to work full-time. Students can expect to work hard during the residency period. The normal classroom schedule is Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Team meetings, homework, and readings are completed outside of these hours.


Normally, students take one distance course at a time, for a period of approximately 12 weeks each. Prior to beginning each course, students are provided with a list of texts and/or readings. A variety of different delivery methods including textbooks, articles, case studies, videos, and DVDs are used for course delivery.

Online Learning

After the first residency period, students continue to work in teams using the online learning platform. At their own convenience, students work through the requirements of each course (although there are "real time" deadlines for assignments, exams, etc.). Each course requires a level of effort of approximately 14 hours per week. Following the second residency, students work independently to complete a theoretical or applied research project, either at their place of employment or with another agency of their choice.

As much as possible, the readings are available to students online at no charge.  However, students may need to purchase the texts and/or readings that are not available online, through other means such as our bookstore.