M.Phil. Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (M.Phil./P.Grad.Dip)

Trinity College Dublin

Application deadline: 19th September 2014
Tuition fee:
  • £ 7,658 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 13,958 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
Partnership: Joint
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
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The M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation is a creative and innovative programme designed to suit the needs of specialists already working in the fields of conflict resolution and reconciliation, as well as those new to the study of conflict resolution and reconciliation.

As Trinity’s only specialist cross-border School, the Irish School of Ecumenics offers modules in Belfast and/or Dublin, as well as some options at week-long residential courses at the Corrymeela Community’s Centre for Reconciliation in Ballycastle on the north Antrim coast. These modules are taught by experts from our partner organisations: Beyond Walls, the Glencree Centre for Reconciliation and Different Tracks Global.

The M.Phil. offers an inter-disciplinary approach to the challenges of political and social reconciliation in the aftermath of armed conflict, drawing on politics, sociology, social research, theology and ethics. It is suitable both for those interested in theoretical and comparative study, and for reflective practitioners.

Particular attention is given to ethnic conflicts, and the role of religion in such conflicts and in peace building and reconciliation. The course combines academic study and research with community involvement and life experience. Case studies include: Northern Ireland; El Salvador; Guatemala; South Africa; Zimbabwe; Israel/Palestine; Afghanistan; Rwanda; and Sri Lanka. It equips graduates for work with local and international organisations, and provides transferable skills for a wide variety of careers, including mediation, diplomacy, policy, advocacy, journalism, teaching, and ministry, as well as Ph.D. research.

After registration in Dublin at the start of the course, teaching takes place in Belfast and partner sites over two terms (September to December and January to early April). From April-July students may be based in either Belfast or Dublin depending on their research interests. A one term, non-degree programme 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.


Common core module:

  • Research Skills.
  • Conflict Analysis and Models of Intervention.
  • Dynamics of Reconciliation.
  • Conflict Resolution Skills.
  • Conflict Transformation.
  • Conflict Resolution Lessons from Comparative Peace Processes.
  • Social Research for Transformation.
  • Guided Research Project.
  • Reconciliation in Northern Ireland.
  • Theology of Reconciliation.
  • Community Learning and Reflective Practice in Northern Ireland.
  • Post-Conflict Justice and Truth Commissions.
  • South Africa: The Ethics of Truth and Reconciliation.

Modules from the M.Phil. in International Peace Studies and the M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (both taught in Dublin) are also open to students on the M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation. Students seeking to be assessed for their work on a module in either of the two other programmes 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

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