International Peace Studies

Course Description
International Peace Studies examines the sources of war and armed conflict and suggests methods of preventing and resolving them through processes of peacemaking and peacebuilding. The course combines perspectives from international relations, ethics and conflict resolution to reflect critically upon the wide range of social, political and economic issues associated with peace and political violence. There is also the option to participate in various field trips in Ireland and abroad.

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.

Subjects taught

Students are required to take the two core modules as well as four others from the list of optional modules. A sufficient number of optional modules must be taken to fulfil credit requirements.

A. Core Modules
•The Politics of Peace and Conflict
•Research Methods

B. Students must take four modules from the following list of options:
•International Politics
•Conflict Resolution and Nonviolence
•Armed Conflict, Peace-building and Development
•The United Nations and Conflict Resolution
•Human Rights in Theory and Practice
•Gender, War and Peace
•Gender and Globalization
•Reconciliation in Northern Ireland
•The Politics and Idea of Europe
•Theories of Race and Ethnicity
•Colonialism and Liberal Intervention
•Religion, Conflict and Peace in International Relations
•The Irish Civil War in International Perspective
•NGOs in Theory and Practice: Internship Module
•Sharing Perspectives (On-Line Module)
•Mediation and Conflict Resolution Skills

Modules may change from year to year.

Teaching takes place in Dublin over two terms. A one term, non-degree course is available and is ideal for those on sabbatical, or for those who prefer a shorter period of study. There is also the option of attending single modules.

Modules from the M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies the M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation and the M.Phil. in Christian Theology are open to students on the M.Phil. in International Peace Studies. Students seeking to be assessed for their work on a module in one of the other courses must first secure the permission of the relevant course coordinators. Students may take up to two modules from other courses.

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 for the postgraduate diploma.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake September 2020

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  • Qualification letters

    MPhil / PGradDip

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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