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Peace & Development Studies

Overview
In this MA or Graduate Diploma in Peace and Development Studies, students investigate debates about the origins and nature of conflict and explore a range of approaches to conflict resolution. Contemporary cases of conflict and responses to these are examined, as are the connections between peacebuilding and development. Students further examine theories of economic and political development and explore contemporary strategies and practices of development. A prime objective of the course is to provide individuals with expertise in peacebuilding and development issues and to provide informed and committed personnel to contribute effectively in these areas at a professional level.

Entry requirements

Normally, a primary degree in a relevant discipline with First or Second Class Honours or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary Degree: Level 8 - QQI).

What to include with your application
•Qualification transcripts and certificates
•English language qualification if English is not your first language
•Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
•A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
• Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved.
• Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
• TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
• IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.
• English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
• GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
• University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
• GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Duration

1 Year Full-Time (MAPDSTTFAD) or 2 Years Part-Time (MAPDSTTPAD)

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
The course prepares students from diverse backgrounds for a career in or further research on international affairs, conflict management and resolution, peace operations, humanitarian assistance, development aid and related areas.

Further enquiries

Course Director
Myriam Benraad
Email: myriam.benraad@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
- Graduate Seminar in Development;
- Graduate Research Methods;
- One elective module

Spring Semester
- Graduate Seminar in Peacebuilding;
- Research Methods (progressing dissertation);
- Two elective modules

Summer
Dissertation

Electives
Graduate Seminar in International Relations; Graduate Seminar in Institutions and Policies of the European Union; Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Political Theory; Multilevel Governance: concepts and practice; Conflict Analysis; Graduate Seminar in Comparative Politics; Graduate Seminar in International Co-operation and Conflict; Graduate Seminar in European Governance; Global Transformation and Exclusion; External Relations of the European Union; Russian and Post Soviet Politics; Foreign Aid and Development; International Security; Development Practice and Programme Management; Global Justice; Representative Democracy in Europe; Mainstreaming Social Inclusion; International Political Economy.

Comment

This programme introduces students to key debates about conflict resolution, peacebuilding and processes of economic and political development. A prime objective of the course is to provide individuals with expertise in peacebuilding and development issues and to provide informed and committed personnel to contribute effectively in these areas at a professional level.

Application date

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

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