Peace & Development Studies

This programme introduces students to key debates about conflict resolution, peacebuilding and processes of economic and political development. A prime objective of the course is to provide individuals with expertise in peacebuilding and development issues and to provide informed and committed personnel to contribute effectively in these areas at a professional level.

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 Semester
Graduate Seminar in Development;
Graduate Research Methods;
One elective module

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


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 European Governance
Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Political Theory
Graduate Seminar in International Relations
Graduate Seminar in Institutions and Policies of the European Union
Central and Eastern Europe
American Foreign Relations
Public Policy Analysis: Theory and Method; Global Transformation and Exclusion
Issues in International Policy
International Political Economy
External Relations of the European Union
Conflict Analysis
Multi-Level Governance
Concepts and Practice
Issues in International Development
Political Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Conflict
Issues in Contemporary Democratic Theory
Conflict, Security and Development
Ireland and Globalisation
Russian and Post-Soviet Politics
International field trip evaluation and research
Social Inclusion
Political Economy of Ireland
Foreign Aid and Development
Development Practice and Programme Management
Terrorism and Violent Political Extremism
International Security
Global Justice
Representative Democracy in Europe
Feminist Perspectives on Conflict and Development Issues
Public Administration Theory and Practice
Research Methods for Practitioners
Contemporary Ethical Issues
Collaborative Governance and Leadership.

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

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.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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