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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

* Internship Module

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 2018-2019:

EU Students full-time: €8,838

EU Students part-time: €5,873

Non-EU Students full-time: €16,163

Non-EU Students part-time: €9,733


Closing Date: 30 June 2018


Student testimonials



Course Structure, Module Summaries and Core Reading 2017-18

IPS Key Dates 2017-2018

IPS Timetable 2017-2018

Internship Information Guide


Handbook for M.Phil. Courses

Pre-arrival Information

Field Trips

Common Practical Questions




Course coordinator: Dr Etain Tannam

Further information: Ms Mary Priestman

Last updated 20 March 2018 by Irish School of Ecumenics (Email).