Politics & International Relations - Peace & Conflict
MSc Peace and Conflict
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
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.
MA Politics FT
MA Political Theory FT
MA Peace and Conflict FT
The MSc 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 that will be written during the summer trimester.
Core and Option Modules for MSc Peace and Conflict (credits in parentheses).
Please note these are subject to change.
POL41930 Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East (10)
POL40950 Introduction to Statistics (10)
AMST40030 Media and US Foreign Policy (10)
LAW41310 Asylum and Refugee Law (10)
POL40050 Theories of Internat.Relations (10)
POL40100 Politics of Development (10)
POL40140 International Political Theory (10)
POL40970 Politics European Governance (10)
POL41020 Politics of Human Rights (10)
POL41650 Global Political Econ ofEurope (10)
POL41800 Theories of Int'l Rels Stream2 (10)
POL41860 Governance, Pol, Dev 10cr (10)
POL41910 Political Violence (10)
POL42040 Gender & the Political System (10)
POL42340 Programming for Soc Scientists (10)
POL41980 Peace & Conflict Studies (10)
POL41640 Qualitative Research Methods for Politics (10)
GS40100 Gender, Harm and Justice (10)
POL40160 Comparative Public Policy (10)
POL40370 International Political Econom (10)
POL40540 Comparative European Politics (10)
POL40610 EU Foreign and Security Policy (10)
POL41030 Theory of Human Rights (10)
POL41720 Gender, Peace, and Security (10)
POL41780 The Politics of Inequality (10)
POL41870 Econ & Policy Analysis 1 10cr (10)
POL42000 Political Theory and the EU (10)
POL42050 Quantitative Text Analysis (10)
POL42060 International Security (10)
POL42070 Politics of (mis-)information (10)
POL42350 Connected_Politics (10)
SOC40620 Nationalism and Social Change (10)
POL42310 Thesis (30)
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: https://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/int%20pmp/
- These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.
How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc Peace and Conflict FT (W408)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
MSc Peace and Conflict PT (W409)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.
1 Year Full-Time (W408) or 2 Years Part-Time (W409).
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