Peace & Conflict
This programme uses comparative political science models and methods to analyse patterns of conflict and settlement, with a focus on internal violent conflicts, past and present.
This course allows analysis of the different ways that religion, ethnicity and inequality combine to generate violence.
Specialist resources in the study of theories of ethnicity, identity, conflict; comparative ethnic conflict; Northern Ireland, Western Europe and relevant cognate specialisms in civic republicanism, justice and human rights, international security, European politics, and development studies.
Includes additional research components and is particularly suitable if you want a career in research or academia.
Vision and Values Statement
The understanding of issues concerning peace and conflict is vital to the broader understanding of issues of war, peace and conflict resolution in the world. This programme develops that understanding on the part of students and familiarises them with cutting edge debates on the issues from various parts of the world. The vision of this programme is to nurture people capable of constructively intervening on these debates - either as practitioners or as academic/policy specialists.
Enhance students' abilities to undertake research/policy analysis
Enhance students' capacities for critical thinking vis-à-vis ethnic identity
Allow students participate in debates around nationalism and ethnic conflict
Develop oral presentation skills
Enhance group work skills
Develop methodological research expertise
To impart a comprehensive and detailed understanding of the causes, and issues arising around, all aspects of nationalism and ethnic conflict.
A primary degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2H1) in a relevant subject such as political science, international relations, social science, sociology, history, geography, economics, global studies, public policy, development studies, EU studies, law. 2H1 is equivalent to 60 per cent, B minus or 3.08 GPA - in American system: B or 3.00 GPA.
Your application will be considered on its individual merits and relevant professional experience will also be taken into account.
English language requirements: applicants whose first language is not English should have met TOEFL, IELTs, or computer-based TOEFL requirements (600, 6.5, or 250 respectively), or the Cambridge English Test (Certificate in Advanced English at a minimum of Grade B, or Certificate of Proficiency in English at Grade C). Applicants who obtained a previous degree from an English-speaking university may be exempted from this requirement.
Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information: https://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/int%20pmp/
These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.
The MSc Peace and Conflict is a 90-credit programme. Full time students must take three 10-credit modules and a research design workshop in the autumn trimester, and three 10-credit modules in the spring trimester. Students must also submit a thesis worth 30-credits that will be written during the summer trimester.
Stage 1 - Core
Introduction to Statistics
Qualitative Research Methods for Political Science
Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East
Peace & Conflict Studies
Stage 1 - Option
Media and US Foreign Policy
Disability and Equality
Gender War and Violence
Theories of International Relations
Politics of Development
International Political Theory
Comparative Public Policy
Africa: Crisis and Opportunity?
International Political Economy
Comparative European Politics
EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol.
Governing the Global Economy
Politics of European Governance
Politics of Human Rights
Theory of Human Rights
Politics and Change in the Middle East and North Africa
The Global Political Economy of Europe
Gender in Peace and Conflict
Theories of International Relations – Stream 2
Governance, Pol, Dev 10cr
Econ & Policy Analysis 1 10cr
Political Behaviour in the Middle East and North Africa
Political Theory and the EU
Gender & the Political System
Quantitative Text Analysis
Politics of (mis-)information
Nationalism and Social Change
1 Year Full-Time (W408) or 2 Years Part-Time (W409).
MSc Peace and Conflict (W408) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8525
nonEU fee per year - € 19900
MSc Peace and Conflict (W409) Part Time
nonEU fee per year - € 9950
***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.
Next Intake: 2020/2021 September
Post Course Info
Careers & Employability
Graduates work with international bodies, non-governmental organisations and state agencies in roles such as: government social researchers, diplomatic advisors and public affair consultants.
Recent graduates of UCD School of Politics & International Relations now work in:
•World Trade Organisation
•Asia Development Bank