The Master of Arts offers in depth study into the theory and practice of conflict management. This programme will challenge traditional views of conflict, and encourage students to develop a reflective, theory-based approach to the application of conflict management skills, and in particular mediation. Practical instruction and exercises will take place within a theoretical framework, and students will take an active part in their learning. The programme will develop candidates professional competence and confidence in this exciting area and leads them in the planning and execution of research in this field.
This Postgraduate programme follows a blended format, combining weekend workshops with online learning and activities, self-directed study and reflective learning. Assessment will be by means of written assignments and a practical mediation skills assessment. The programme workshops are delivered at St. Angela's College.
Successful completion of the programme assessment will lead to both Master of Arts award qualification and accreditation to practice as a Certified Mediator by the Mediator's Institute of Ireland.
Programme content and Structure
Master of Arts - (90 ECTs)
Programme Modules Semester ECT's
Conflict Resolution – Theories and Strategies 1 10
Mediation Law and Policy and Processes 1 10
Mediation in Practice 2 10
Advanced Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice 2 15
Research Methods 1 15
Dissertation Yearlong 30
A primary degree (min H2:2) or evidence of equivalent academic qualification and relevant professional experience. Applicants without the above but who hold substantial relevant professional experience will also be considered for admission based on evidence of professional experience. Applicants with previous qualifications in Mediation and Conflict Resolution may apply for recognition of Accredited Prior Learning.
Two Years Part-time
Post Course Info
Graduates from this programme will have acquired the necessary skills and qualification to practice as a mediator, and use the conflict management skills, and research capacity gained in a wide variety of contexts where people interact for example, education, healthcare, social and community work, management, law and business.