International Peace Studies

Trinity College Dublin

International Peace Studies

International Peace Studies students are immersed in an interdisciplinary, cutting-edge course of study that examines the causes and consequences of war and armed conflict, with a view to understand how to achieve sustainable peace. Lecturers draw on interdisciplinary perspectives from politics and political science, international relations, philosophy, sociology, ethics, and conflict resolution.

Topics covered include: The Politics of Peace and Conflict; Research Methods; Forced Displacement, Conflict and Peacebuilding; Conflict Resolution & Negotiation Across Worldviews; Human Rights; UN and Conflict Resolution; Gender in War and Peace; and an Internship Module.

The course provides students with the opportunity to engage with those working in conflict resolution and peace-building, by providing an internship module, field trips to Belfast and UN Geneva, and various guest lectures from experienced diplomats and NGO officials throughout the year.

The duration of the programme is one year full-time and two years part-time. Taught modules are provided over two terms (September-December and January-April). Students then pursue independent research on a relevant topic of their choice for the M.Phil. dissertation.

Subjects taught

Students are required to take the two core modules: The Politics of Peace and Conflict; and Research Methods.

Students then choose four other modules from a list of electives. A sufficient number of optional modules must be taken to fulfill credit requirements. Electives offered in recent years include: Armed Conflict, Peace-building and Development; The United Nations and Conflict Resolution; Human Rights in Theory and Practice; Gender, War and Peace; Gender Theories; Forced, Displacement, Conflict and Peacebuilding; Religion, Conflict and Peace in International Relations; and NGOs in Theory and Practice: Internship Module.

Modules from the M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies are open to students on the M.Phil. in International Peace Studies. Students may take up to two modules from this other course.

Students must complete a research dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words, 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

Admission Requirements
Applicants should normally have an Honours degree at second-class (2.1) level or GPA 3.2 (or above). Students not meeting these criteria may be considered at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies in exceptional circumstances.

Application dates

Closing Date: 31st July 2024


1 Year Full Time
2 years Part Time

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: September 2024

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Career Opportunities
Our graduates find employment in a 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.

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  • Qualification letters

    MPhil / PGradDip

  • Qualifications

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

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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