M.Phil./P.Grad.Dip. in International Peace Studies

Trinity College Dublin

Program Description
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M.Phil./P.Grad.Dip. in International Peace Studies

Trinity College Dublin

M.Phil./P.Grad.Dip. in 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.

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.

Core Modules

  • The Politics of Peace and Conflict
  • Research Methods

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
  • Northern Ireland: Conflict, Religion and the Politics of Peace
  • The Politics of the Idea of Europe
  • Race and Ethnicity, Theoretical Concepts
  • Ethnic Conflict, Peace and the State
  • Religion and International Relations
  • NGOs in Theory and Practice: Internship Module

Some changes to the structure and content of this course may be made during 2016-17. Prospective candidates should contact the Executive Officer for information on new developments.

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.


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

Admission 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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 14, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
14,966 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Ireland Dublin
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Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 14,966 EUR
EU €8,188 NON-EU €14,966