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International Peace Studies

International Peace Studies examines the sources of war and armed conflict and suggests methods of preventing and resolving them through processes of peacemaking and peacebuilding. The course combines perspectives from international relations, ethics and conflict resolution to reflect critically upon the wide range of social, political and economic issues associated with peace and political violence. A week-long Mediation Summer School provides an opportunity to develop practical skills in the area of conflict resolution and mediation. There is also the option to participate in various field trips in Ireland and abroad.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have an honors degree at second class level or GPA 3.2 or above. Students not meeting these criteria may exceptionally be considered at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies.


1 year full-time [DPTRE-IPES-1F09],
2 years part-time [DPTRE-IPES-1P09]

Further enquiries

Course Coordinator Prof. Etain Tannam
Telephone Number +353-1-8964772
Fax Number +353-1-6725024
Course Email

Subjects taught

Students are required to take the two core modules as well as four modules from the list of modules. A sufficient number of optional modules must be taken to fulfil credit requirements.

A. Core Modules
The Politics of Peace and Conflict
Research Methods

B. Students must take four modules from the following list of options:

International Politics
• Ethics in International Affairs
• Conflict Resolution and Nonviolence
• Armed Conflict, Peace-building and Development
• The United Nations and Conflict Resolution
• Human Rights in Theory and Practice
• Gender, War and Peace
• Gender and Globalization
• Reconciliation in Northern Ireland
• The Politics of the Idea of Europe
• Theories of Race and Ethnicity
• Religion, Conflict and Peace in International Relations
• NGOs in Theory and Practice: Internship Module
• Sharing Perspectives (On-Line Module)

Modules may change from year to year.

Teaching takes place in Dublin over two terms. A one term, non-degree course is available and is ideal for those on sabbatical, or for those who prefer a shorter period of study. There is also the option of attending single modules.

Modules from the M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies and the M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation are open to students on the M.Phil. in International Peace Studies. Students seeking to be assessed for their work on a module in either of the two other courses must first secure the permission of the relevant course coordinators.

Dissertation: A research dissertation (15,000 – 20,000 words) to be supervised by an appropriate member of staff and to be submitted by 20 August.

Application date

Closing Date 30th June 2018

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake September 2018

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