Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation

Trinity College Dublin

Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation

Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation reflects 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.

This course offers students’ academic and theoretical insight into conflict resolution and reconciliation, as well as practical skills and experience through placements and workshops. Students have the opportunity to engage with community-based actors and organisations involved at grassroots level in the process of conflict transformation and social justice.

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 this M.Phil., allowing students to immerse themselves in a society grappling with the challenges of, and opportunities for, conflict transformation.

Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation is the only Trinity course based in Belfast. Living and studying in a divided society affords valuable opportunities for students, but the student experience here is different to attending a large campus university, or Trinity in Dublin. The department has its own excellent specialist library and small core staff. Study space, sports facilities, and clubs and societies are available through Queen’s University Belfast which is close by. Most Trinity student support services can be accessed remotely but be aware that students must travel to Dublin if they wish to access the full range of services in person.

Is This Course For Me?
The M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation is designed to suit the needs of specialists already working in conflict resolution and reconciliation, as well as those new to these fields of study.

Subjects taught

Course Structure
The duration of the programme is one year full-time and two years part-time. Taught modules are provided over two terms (September to December and January to April). Students then pursue independent research on a relevant topic of their choice for the M.Phil. dissertation. Modules offered include weekly classes taught at Trinity College Dublin in Belfast, as well as one-week intensives.

The required ECTS for the M.Phil. is 90. All Masters students must complete the Research Skills module (10 ECTS), plus a further 50 ECTS worth of taught modules and a dissertation (30 ECTS).

Course Content
Students take one core module in Research Skills.

Students are then able to customise their programme through a variety of optional modules. Electives offered in recent years include: 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; and Community Learning and Reflective Practice.

Students compete a research dissertation of 15,000-20,000 to be supervised by an appropriate member of staff. Students who complete the taught element of the programme but not the dissertation may be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma.

Entry requirements

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.


1 Year Full Time/2 years Part Time

Enrolment dates

Next Intake September 2024

Closing Date 31st July 2024

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Career Opportunities
Our graduates find employment in a wide range of careers, such as conflict resolution and mediation, peacebuilding, human rights, international development, NGOs and the non-profit sector, advocacy and activism, the public sector and government, diplomacy, the United Nations and international organisations, research, teaching, journalism, academia and law.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    M. Phil/P.Grad. Dip.

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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