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International Peace Studies

International Peace Studies students are immersed in an interdisciplinary cutting-edge course of study that examines the causes and consequences of war and armed conflict, with a view to understanding how to achieve sustainable peace. Lecturers draw on inter-disciplinary perspectives from politics and political science, international relations, philosophy, sociology, ethics and conflict resolution, allowing students to engage critically with the social, political and economic issues associated with peace and violence. Topics include:

The Politics of Peace and Conflict

Research Methods

Human Rights

International Organizations and Conflict Resolution

Gender in War and Peace

Armed Conflict, Peace Building and Development

The course also provides students with the opportunity to engage with those working in conflict resolution and peace-building, by providing an internship module, a mediation Spring school, field trips to Belfast and UN Geneva and various guest lectures from experienced diplomats and NGO officials throughout the year.

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Course Information

Duration: 1 year full-time/2 years part-time


Fees 2016-2017:

EU Students full-time: €8,188

EU Students part-time: €5,454

Non-EU Students full-time: €14,966

Non-EU Students part-time: €9,018


Closing Date: 30 June 2017


Course Structure, Module Summaries and Core Reading 2016-17

Timetable 2016-2017

Internship Information Guide


Handbook for M.Phil. Courses

International Students Handbook

Pre-arrival Information


Field Trips

Student Testimonials




Course coordinator: Dr Etain Tannam

Further information: Ms Mary Priestman

Last updated 20 October 2016 by Irish School of Ecumenics (Email).