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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.

The MA Peace and Conflict is a 90-credit programme. Full-time students must take a total of 65 credits between core and optional taught modules. Students must also submit a thesis worth 25 credits that will be written during the summer term. MA students have the option of pursuing an internship in lieu of a thesis.

Full time students must take three 10-credit modules and a 5-credit Dissertation Design module in the first semester, and three 10-credit modules in the second semester. Students must also submit a thesis worth 25-credits or pursue an Internship instead.

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.

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.

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.

Duration

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

Number of credits

90

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
•IMF
•European Commission
•Asia Development Bank

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Katarzyna Glosnicka
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 8182

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Dissertation Design
POL41420

Gender in Peace and Conflict
POL41720

Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East
POL41930

Stage 1 - Option
Media and US Foreign Policy
AMST40030

Disability and Equality
EQUL40200

Critical Geopolitics of Europe
GEOG40450

Asylum and Refugee: Law, Politics and Rights
LAW41310

Autonomy as a Philosophical Problem
PHIL40840

Theories of International Relations
POL40050

Politics of Development
POL40100

International Political Theory
POL40140

Comparative Public Policy
POL40160

Thesis
POL40190

International Political Economy
POL40370

Comparative European Politics
POL40540

EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol.
POL40610

Governing the Global Economy
POL40820

Politics of European Governance
POL40970

Politics of Human Rights
POL41020

Theory of Human Rights
POL41030

SPIRe Intership
POL41390

The Global Political Economy of Europe
POL41650

Principles of Int. Politics
POL41660

The Economics of Sust. Devel
POL41740

The Politics of Inequality
POL41780

Dissidents and Human Rights Defenders
POL41830

Political Violence
POL41910

Political Behaviour in the Middle East and North Africa
POL41920

Geopolitics of Brexit
POL41940

Public Opinion and Politics
POL41950

Comparative European Legislatures
POL41960

Ethnicity and Nationalism
SOC40620

Global Migration
SOC40670

Travellers, Rights & Nomadism
SSJ40040

Gender War and Violence
WS40330

Application date

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

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September

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