Peace & Conflict

- 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.

- Over 150 years of experience in political studies and a world-renowned faculty drawn from many countries.

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.

Student Internships
SPIRe's MA Internship opportunities (see website).

Related Programmes
MSc Human Rights FT
MSc International Relations FT
MSocSc Global Migration & Cultural Differences FT

Subjects taught

The MA Peace and Conflict is a 90-credit programme. Full time students must take three 10-credit modules in the autumn trimester, and three 10-credit modules in the spring trimester. Students must also submit a thesis worth 30-credits or pursue an Internship instead.

Core and Option Modules for MA Peace and Conflict
These are the current modules for 2022/23 but are subject to change. Each of the following modules carries 10 credits unless otherwise specified.

Core Modules
POL42330 Research Design (Autumn)
POL41980 Peace & Conflict Studies (Spring)
POL41930 Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East (Spring)

Option Modules
AMST40030 Media and US Foreign Policy
GS40100 Gender, Harm and Justice
POL40050 Theories of Internat.Relations
POL40140 Global Issues in Pol Theory
POL40950 Introduction to Statistics
POL40970 Politics European Governance
POL41020 Politics of Human Rights
POL41510 Middle East & North Africa
POL41650 Global Political Econ ofEurope
POL41800 Theories of Int'l Rels Stream2
POL41860 Governance, Pol, Dev
POL42040 Gender & the Political System
POL42440 Political Economy of Security

POL40100 Politics of Development
POL40160 Comparative Public Policy
POL40370 International Political Econom
POL40540 Comparative European Politics
POL41030 Theory of Human Rights
POL41640 Qual Research Methods for Pol
POL41720 Gender, Peace, and Security
POL41780 The Politics of Inequality
POL41870 Pol Economy & Comparative Dev
POL42000 Political Theory and the EU
POL42050 Quantitative Text Analysis
POL42060 International Security
POL42340 Programming for Soc Scientists
POL42430 Social Theory & IR
SOC40620 Nationalism and Social Change
Please note, to be enrolled on POL42430 in Spring, students must have taken and passed either of the following two modules: POL41800 or POL40050.

Core Module
POL42300 SPIRe Internship (30 credits) or
POL42310 Thesis (30 credits)

Entry requirements

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. Click here for further info.

- 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:

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MA Peace and Conflict FT (W410)
1 Years
Full Time

MA Peace and Conflict PT (W411)
2 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.


1 Year Full-Time (W410) or 2 Years Part-Time (W411).

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:
United Nations
World Trade Organisation
European Commission
Asia Development Bank

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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