Conflict & Dispute Resolution Studies

Course Details
This one-year postgraduate course interests those, in both the public and private sectors, who are involved in conflict analysis, management and resolution and who wish to study mediation and other non-adversarial dispute and conflict resolution processes (ADRs). The course aims at achieving standards of best practice for those who recognise the value of alternative dispute resolution processes in resolving commercial, community, workplace, international and other disputes and in minimising the damage caused by conflict. Those who complete the course will have a deep understanding of the causes and nature of conflict, the various conflict resolution processes available and how to apply them. Through an alliance with Mediation Forum-Ireland those who complete the CDRS course will have the opportunity to have their names included in the relevant specialist panel of Accredited Mediators. CDRS is also an accredited training programme with Mediators' Institute of Ireland. Successful completion of an optional MII Mediation Roleplay Competency Assessment at the end of the CDRS programme will allow students to apply for Certified Mediation status with the Mediators' Institute of Ireland.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Applicants should normally have an Honors Bachelor degree and three years relevant experience or another third-level qualification and five years relevant experience. Students without the above qualifications will be considered subject to evidence of adequate skills and experience. Students not meeting these criteria may exceptionally be considered at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies.


1 year, Taught Evening Diploma. This Postgraduate Diploma course is taught in two evening sessions per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) over 24 teaching weeks between late September and early April. There are also four Saturday mediation training workshops, usually in January-March.

One year, Taught Evening Diploma. Teaching period runs from September to April, with 2 evening sessions (6 hours per week) over 24 weeks. There are also four practical, skill-based mediation training workshops held on Saturdays. Courses take place at the ISE, Trinity College Dublin.

Further enquiries

Course Coordinator(s): Prof. Gillian Wylie
Course Email(s):
Course Tel(s): +353-1-8964771
Course Fax(s): +353-1-6725024

Subjects taught

Students take 4 modules each worth 15 credits: Understanding Conflict; Aspects and Dynamics of Conflict; Theories and Processes of Conflict Resolution; Processes and Skills for Moving Beyond Conflict.

Assessment method

Students are assessed by means of two essays, a reflective log and filmed mediation role play.

MII assessments take place on weekends in April-May. All assessments are to be completed by 1 August 2019.

Application date

Closing Date 30 July 2019

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake September 2019

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