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

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

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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.

As Trinity's only cross-border School, this course is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. 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 a grassroots level in the process of conflict transformation and social justice. As such, the course is a hybrid mix between the theoretical and practical that 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 to the M.Phil. allowing students to immerse themselves in a society grappling with the challenges and opportunities of conflict transformation.

Course Content (please note that all modules may not 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 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. 

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


Course Options

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

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Course Coordinator

Prof. Brendan Browne

Telephone Number

+44 28 9077 0087

Fax Number

+ 44 28 9037 3986

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Next Intake

September 2018

Closing Date

15 August 2018

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.

Next Intake

September 2018

Closing Date

15 August 2018