Peace & Development Studies

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

Full Time Programme Content
Autumn Semester
• Graduate Seminar in Development
• Graduate Research Methods
• One elective module

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

• Dissertation

Part Time Programme Content
Year 1
Autumn Semester
• Graduate Seminar in Development Plus one elective module

Spring Semester
• Graduate Seminar in Peacebuilding Plus one elective module

Year 2
Autumn Semester
• Graduate Research Methods

Spring Semester
• Research Methods (progressing dissertation) plus one elective module

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
Global Justice
Feminist Perspectives in Conflict and Development Issues
International Political Economy
Comparative Climate Policy and Politics.

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 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).

Application dates

How to apply:
1. Choose your programme.
2. Check closing date for the programme.
3. Apply online at
4. Have your supporting documentation ready to upload.
5. Pay the application fee (€35 online / €40 bank draft or cheque).
6. Submit your application.

What to include with your application:
Qualification transcripts and certificates

A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

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


1 Year Full-Time or 2 Years Part-Time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

Post Course Info

Graduate Profile
The course prepares students from diverse backgrounds for a career in or further research on international affairs, conflict management and resolution, peace operations, humanitarian assistance, development aid and related areas.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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