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Restorative Practices

Equiping students to apply knowledge and skills to work restoratively in their communities, workplaces, and wider lives.


Study Restorative Practices at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The course is designed to help students apply learning in the contexts they work and live in. A central assumption is that participants want to critically engage with the concept of being a restorative practice practitioner. The teaching and learning style is participative; pragmatic; and underpinned by research, theory and experience. The course examines issues across local ,national and international settings.


The field of Restorative Practice may be regarded as a growing field of practice across Europe over the last ten years. The relevance of this restorative movement is reflected in Ulsters' postgraduate and undergraduate restorative practices training provision which attracts participants from the full range of criminal justice agencies, the worlds of primary and post primary school education, established and emerging community restorative justice organisations and other settings. The teaching and learning activities aim to have a pragmatic focus.This includes addressing the mindset skills and processes oto work restoratively in a range of settings. Teaching content is shaped in part by the research activity of the team, other research and a range of theories from restorative practice, education, sociology and psychology. The team is committed to the personal development of each student. The student peer group is upheld as a source of learning and support. As well as becoming more effective in their own environment the course requires students to look at a wider world of practice. This includes considering how restorative practice may contribute to peace building in large scale conflicts. Students may choose to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 academic credits) upon successful completion of two of the optional modules listed below. Students may choose to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma (120 academic credits) upon successful completion of four of the optional modules listed below. Research Methods and the Dissertation must be completed in order to be awarded the MSc (180 academic credits).

Entry requirements

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements. For general entrance requirements go to:

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the PgDip (course code 2382) or MSc (course code 2332) must hold a degree or equivalent, or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability
Exemptions may apply and are considered case by case in line with the University APEL process.



This course is delivered part-time. Students may enter the programme at the start of any semester if the modules being delivered meet their learning needs.

Careers or further progression

Career options

This course is recognised by the Restorative Justice Council as a qualification to be an accredited practitioner. This course has been undertaken by people working across the criminal justice sector, community restorative justice, and primary and post-primary school systems and from trade unions and the wider Voluntary sector.

Further enquiries

Hugh Campbell
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6320

Assessment method

Teaching and learning assessment

Teaching and learning methods set out to help students engage with the challenges of their own work setting and the wider world, enquire into what is effective, embed good practice and evaluate the impact if restorative interventions.

Assessment is by written assignment and reflective writings.

Enrolment and start dates

Start dates: September 2017 & January 2018

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