Peace & Development Studies

Key programme benefits to future students
Students will be provided with awareness of the complexities of peacebuilding and development in diverse global case studies, thereby encouraging graduates who can contribute effectively in these areas at a professional level.

In this MA in Peace and Development Studies, students investigate debates about the origins and nature of conflict and explore a range of approaches to conflict resolution. Contemporary cases of conflict and responses to these are examined, as are the connections between peacebuilding and (economic, political and human) development. Considering that the vast majority of international organisations working on humanitarian issues currently understand that peace, security and development are deeply interrelated areas of their work, this programme takes a much needed holistic view of the post-conflict environment to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge which are needed for effective work in this area or for further study.

Key Fact:
MA Peace and Development students can take an annual field trip to Northern Ireland to examine peace and reconcilation projects as part of their programme of study.

Subjects taught

Autumn Modules
• Graduate Seminar in Development
• Graduate Research Methods
• One elective module

Optional Modules
Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Political Theory | Graduate Seminar in International Relations | Graduate Seminar in Institutions and Policies of the EU | Public Administration Theory & Practice | Graduate Seminar in International Co-operation and Conflict | Graduate Seminar in European Governance | Representative Democracy in Europe

Spring Modules
• Graduate Seminar in Peacebuilding
• Research Methods (progressing dissertation)
• Two elective modules

Optional Modules
Global Justice | Gender and Politics | International Political Economy | Comparative Climate Policy and Politics

Summer Modules
• Dissertation

Entry requirements

Normally, a primary degree in a relevant discipline with First or Second Class Honours or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary Degree: Level 8 - QQI).

What to include with your application
Qualification transcripts and certificates
A copy of your birth certificate (long document) or passport
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


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

Enrolment dates


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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time,Part time

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