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MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict

The success of the MPhil, which has been running since 1997, lies in the unique way it combines a focus on race-critical theory, population movement, conflict and resistance.
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What is the MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict?

This one-year postgraduate course examines the techniques used by states and international agencies to manage peoples and conflict, their social and cultural impact and the responses they elicit. It applies a wide variety of sociological theories to racialization, gender, migration, ethnic conflict and peace-making. Students are taught to complete an independent research project on these issues

Staff, students and alumni form a friendly, ethnically diverse intellectual community with links to the Centre for Post-Conflict Justice, the Long Room Hub, Trinity Research in Social Sciences, the Migration and Employment Research Centre, and the Conflict and Resistance Research Group all in Trinity College Dublin, and with a host of national and international academic and civil society organisations involved in race critical theory, critical peace studies, anti-racism, migrant support, Traveller rights and nomadism.

Course Structure

The emphasis is on small group teaching and one-to-one support in the preparation of your research-based dissertation. Course content focuses on Ireland, Europe, the US, and the Middle East and covers topics such as theories of race ethnicity, and conflict as well as modules on development and colonialism; migration, labour and conflict; racism and resistance; and gender, war and peace

Visit the course structure section for more details.

Is it for me?

The MPhil is designed for people who work or wish to work in any of these fields, and/or who are thinking of PhD research. Our recent graduates work for NGOs (national and international), in migrant and Traveller rights, as barristers, playwrights, political activists, researchers, teachers, academics, gardai, journalists, social workers. According to figures compiled by the College Careers Service, over 90% of our MPhil graduates are either in employment, internships or in further study.

What are the admission requirements?

Candidates should have an Honors Bachelor degree (preferably upper-second class honors or equivalent, GPA of at least 3.2) in one of the social sciences or a degree that includes social science as a component. However, consideration will also be given to applicants with other relevant academic qualifications, work experience in the fields of population movement or conflict and/or publications that demonstrate analytical skills. Applicants seeking admission in this category may, where practicable, be called for interview. In all cases the quality of the candidate's statement of interest and their academic references are important and will be taken into account as part of the admission process.
All applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through the medium of English will need to present evidence of English language competency.

All applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through the medium of English will need to present evidence of English language competency.

For further details please visit the Graduate Studies website.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2018. Applications are considered on a rolling basis (ie ‘first come first served’), so early application is recommended.

What are the fees?

Course Fees for 2018/2019 are €8,165 for EU students and €15,145 for Non-EU students. Please note that course fees do not include the Student USI Levy Charge (€8), the Sports Centre Charge (€120) or the Commencement Fee (€135).

For additional details please visit the Academic Registry website.

Constantina Maxwell Faculty Studentship 2018/19

Students may apply to be considered for Constantia Maxwell Faculty Studentship for academic year 2018-19. The value of the studentship is a 5,000 euro contribution towards MPhil tuition fees (EU or Non-EU) in academic year 2018/19. It is generously funded by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Trinity College Dublin.
This studentship seeks to acknowledge the quality of entrants to the MPhil programme in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict and the on-going contribution of MPhil students to the Department of Sociology. It aims to support and develop gifted postgraduate students.


This studentship is available to new entrants (EU and Non-EU) to our MPhil programme in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict, for admission in September 2018. In order to be eligible, applicants must hold and have officially accepted an Unconditional Offer of a place on one of these programmes by 31st July 2018.

Selection Criteria

Applications are assessed competitively with the criteria for the grant of the studentship being the proven academic merit of the candidate and/or their relevant life/work experience within the field of race, ethnicity and conflict. The decision as to the recipient of the studentship is at the exclusive discretion of the MPhil Course Director and Committee.
As only one studentship will be available in 2018-19, applicants are strongly advised to apply for all other funding and grants open to them.


This studentship is open to EU and Non-EU postgraduate students undertaking studies on our MPhil programme in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict in 2018/19. It is offered subject to the following conditions:

  • The holder must engage in full-time study and must register for MPhil in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict in academic year 2018/19;
  • The holder must not be a simultaneous holder of other grants, or funding or other awards (or any other awards with a similar monetary value).

How do I apply?

Applicants who meet the above eligibility criteria and wish to be considered for this studentship must submit a one-page letter no later than 1 August 2018 indicating:
1. Full name and TCD application number (assigned by TCD when application is submitted);
2. Interest in being considered for the award;
3. The reasons why they believe such an award would be justified.
Letters should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format to
Please use subject title "Constantia Maxwell Faculty Studentship".

Further information

For further information on the programme please contact the MPhil Course Director Dr David Landy, Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland