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Peace & Conflict

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.

- Over 150 years of experience in political studies and a world-renowned faculty drawn from many countries.

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.

Programme Outcomes
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.

Related Programmes
MSc Human Rights FT
MSc International Relations FT
MSocSc Global Migration & Cultural Differences FT

Entry requirements

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.

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:

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes


1 Year Full-Time (W410) or 2 Years Part-Time (W411).

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

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:
•United Nations
•World Trade Organisation
•European Commission
•Asia Development Bank

Further enquiries

Contact Name: James Mahon
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 8182

Subjects taught

The MA Peace and Conflict is a 90-credit programme. Full time students must take three 10-credit modules and a research design workshop in the autumn trimester, and three 10-credit modules in the spring trimester. Students must also submit a thesis worth 30-credits or pursue an Internship instead during the summer trimester.

Stage 1 - Core
Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East
Peace & Conflict Studies

Stage 1 Option
Media and US Foreign Policy
Disability and Equality
Gender War and Violence
Theories of International Relations
Politics of Development
International Political Theory
Comparative Public Policy
Africa: Crisis and Opportunity?
International Political Economy
Comparative European Politics
EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol.
Governing the Global Economy
Politics of European Governance
Politics of Human Rights
Theory of Human Rights
Politics and Change in the Middle East and North Africa
The Global Political Economy of Europe
Gender in Peace and Conflict
Theories of International Relations – Stream 2
Governance, Pol, Dev 10cr
Econ & Policy Analysis 1 10cr
Political Violence
Political Behaviour in the Middle East and North Africa
Political Theory and the EU
Gender & the Political System
Quantitative Text Analysis
International Security
Politics of (mis-)information
SPIRe Internship
UN Peacekeeping
Nationalism and Social Change
Global Migration


Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The applicants should have earned an undergraduate degree 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/international law etc. with at least Upper Second Class Honours, or its equivalent (an overall GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher in the American system). Relevant professional experience will also be taken into account.

Application date

How To Apply
The following entry routes are available:
MA Peace and Conflict FT (W410)
Deadline: Rolling *

MA Peace and Conflict PT (W411)
Deadline: Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Course fee

MA Peace and Conflict (W410) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8525
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Peace and Conflict (W411) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 5600
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2020/2021 September

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