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Trinity College Dublin

Dublin , State ,Ireland

Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (M.Phil.)

Course Description
After registration in Dublin at the start of the course, teaching takes place in Belfast over two teaching terms, September to December and January to early April.

The M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation is designed to suit the needs of specialists already working in conflict resolution and reconciliation, as well as those new to these fields of study.

This course is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland reflecting the School and Trinity’s commitment to cross-border education. It offers an inter-disciplinary approach to the challenges of political and social reconciliation in the aftermath of armed conflict. 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.


Modules offered include weekly classes taught at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Belfast, as well as the option to take a one week-long residential course at the Corrymeela Community Centre for Reconciliation in Ballycastle on the north Antrim coast. This course offers students academic and theoretical insight into conflict resolution and reconciliation, as well as practical skills and experience through placements and workshops. Students are offered the chance to engage with community-based actors and organisations involved at grassroots level in the process of conflict transformation and social justice. As such, the course is a hybrid of the theoretical and practical and offers a dynamic learning experience beyond the classroom setting.

Northern Ireland faces many social and political challenges as it emerges from decades of violence. Yet Belfast is a vibrant city, undergoing an exciting post-conflict transformation. The city provides a unique backdrop for the M.Phil., allowing students to immerse themselves in a society grappling with the challenges of, and opportunities for, conflict transformation.

Course Content (please note that not all modules may be offered every year):
Core module:

  • Research Skills

Optional Modules:

  • Reconciliation in Northern Ireland
  • Conflict Transformation
  • Foundations of Conflict Resolution Research
  • Transitional Justice
  • Dynamics of Reconciliation
  • Contemporary Conflict and Peacemaking: Global Perspectives
  • Mediation and Conflict Analysis Skills
  • Community Learning and Reflective Practice
  • Dissertation

Modules may change from year to year.

Modules from the M.Phil. in International Peace Studies, the M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies, and the M.Phil. in Christian Theology (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 one of the other courses must first secure the permission of the relevant course coordinators. Students may take up to two modules from the other courses.


Dissertation: A research dissertation (15,000 – 20,000 words) to be supervised by an appropriate member of staff and to be submitted in August. Students who complete the taught element of the programme but not the dissertation may be eligible from the postgraduate diploma.
 

Intakes

  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

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PSW Opportunity

2 Years

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Postgraduate work in Trinity College Dublin is academically challenging and rewarding. As a result the University has high academic entry requirements.

Applicants will need to hold at least a 2.1 honors degree (60%) from an Irish university, or an equivalent result from a university in another country. If you have any queries in relation to your eligibility for programmes.

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