Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation
This course is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland reflecting the School and Trinity's commitment to cross-border education. It offers an inter-disciplinary approach to the challenges of political and social reconciliation in the aftermath of violent conflict. Graduates are equipped for work with local and international organisations, and gain transferable skills for a wide variety of careers, including mediation, diplomacy, policy, advocacy, journalism, teaching, and ministry, as well as Ph.D. research.
Applicants should normally have an honors degree at second class level or GPA 3.2 or above. Students not meeting these criteria may exceptionally be considered at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Modules offered include weekly classes taught at Trinity College Dublin at Belfast, as well as one week intensives. This course offers students academic and theoretical insight into conflict resolution and reconciliation, as well as practical skills and experience through placements and workshops.
Northern Ireland faces many social and political challenges as it emerges from decades of violence. Yet Belfast is a vibrant city, undergoing an exciting post-conflict transformation. The city provides a unique backdrop for the M.Phil., allowing students to immerse themselves in a society grappling with the challenges of, and opportunities for, conflict transformation.
Course Content (please note that not all modules may be offered every year):
• Research Skills
• Conflict and Peace in Northern Ireland
• Conflict Transformation
• Foundations of Conflict Resolution Research
• Dynamics of Reconciliation
• Contemporary Conflict and Peacemaking: Global Perspectives
• Mediation and Peacebuilding Skills
• Community Learning and Reflective Practice
Teaching takes place in Belfast over two-terms.
Dissertation: A research dissertation (15,000 – 20,000 words) to be supervised by an appropriate member of staff and to be submitted in August. Students who complete the taught element of the programme but not the dissertation may be eligible from the postgraduate diploma.
1 Year Full Time/2 years Part Time
Next Intake: September 2020