Diploma in Leadership, Governance and Human Rights -  School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA)

Diploma in Leadership, Governance and Human Rights



Would you like to gain a qualification from The University of the South Pacific (USP) that can further enhance your career?

Do you want to learn about leadership, governance and human rights?

This is a great study program for people working in, or aspiring to work in government or non-governmental organisations. People living and working anywhere in the Pacific region can study the Diploma without leaving home, because the Diploma is offered both on the Laucala Campus in Suva and by distance education.

The Diploma in Leadership, Governance and Human Rights program was launched at the start of 2013. It was developed by the Pacific Regional Rights


Resource Team (RRRT) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in partnership with USP.

The programme is designed for people working or volunteering in roles with a community or social development focus. This means the Diploma will be ideal for:


Admission Qualifications

The Diploma will be at the undergraduate level. It will be open to people in the region that have either:

USP applies its mature age admission requirements to people aged 23 and over. It considers how much schooling they have done, whether they have at least three years of relevant work experience and whether they are likely to be able to succeed in the Diploma.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can people study the Diploma part-time?

Yes. People will be able to study the Diploma part-time or full time. By studying part-time, people will be able to maintain their regular work or volunteering schedule.

How long will the Diploma take?

It depends how many courses you do in a year. The course duration is 18 months full-time and up to six years part-time and depends on whether you do the course full time or part time.

What will the Diploma cover?

Students will gain knowledge, learn new skills and improve their career prospects. Graduates will be better able to communicate ideas, problem-solve, analyse arguments, research new topics, provide leadership, and contribute to effective development in their communities and organisations. Through their work in the Diploma, they will learn about

What courses make up the Diploma?

The twelve courses in the Diploma are:



For all Diploma and Scholarship information, including the next deadline for applications, please email to: lghr(at)usp.ac.fj or send mail to:


Diploma in Leadership, Governance and Human Rights

School of Government, Development and International Affairs.

Faculty of Business and Economics

The University of the South Pacific - Laucala Campus




Tel: (+679) 3231848

Fax:(+679) 323 1523


To apply to USP, please download the undergraduate application form and email or post the completed forms directly to:

Student Academic Services Office

The University of the South Pacific

Private Mail Bag

Laucala Bay Campus.


For further information on applying to USP, you can email the Help Desk at helpdesk(at)student.usp.ac.fj  You can also call (+679) 323 1444 or fax (+679) 323 1516.

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