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

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Course Description

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 violent conflict. Graduates are equipped for work with local and international organisations,and gain 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 Trinity College Dublin at Belfast, as well as one week intensives. 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 have the opportunity to engage with community-based actors and organisations involved at grassroots level in the process of conflict transformation and social justice.

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:
•    Conflict and Peace 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. Teaching takes place in Belfast over two-terms. A one term, non-degree course of study is available which is ideal for those on sabbatical, or who prefer a shorter period of study. There is also the option of attending single modules. Modules from the M.Phil. in International Peace Studies and the M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies(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.


Kelsey Hanson - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation M.Phil. 2017-2018)

"Studying abroad has always been a big part of my higher education experience. After two long-term study abroad experiences as an undergrad, I knew that I wanted to accomplish my masters degree abroad. Trinity’s reputation and credentials as one of Europe’s best universities drew me to the school initially and the diverse program offerings convinced me that Trinity was the right choice for me.

When I was looking into graduate programs, I wanted one that would take me out of the classroom and allow me to conduct hands on field research. The ISE masters program was the only one I could find that not only allowed me to get out into the field but actively encouraged it through internships and field trips. But what really helped me make up my mind about choosing the Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation M.Phil. at ISE was its location in Belfast.

The connections I made through this program, both personal and professional, were and are invaluable. I loved this program and it genuinely affected the trajectory of my professional life.

Peter James Kiernan, (M.Phil. Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, Class of 2018)

“Trinity College Dublin exposes you to the best professors, resources, and classmates a university can offer.

I chose to study conflict resolution and reconciliation at Trinity’s Irish School of Ecumenics, because of the incredible depth of their programme. With a satellite-campus in Belfast, the programme is at ground zero for studying the Troubles and the ramifications of peace in a post-conflict society. The professors and coursework are foremost in the field and challenge you to go beyond assumptions, and the community and staff make you feel at home. All of this, while being immersed in an environment where you live and experience the effects of post-conflict everyday make for a deeply meaningful and constructive education.

I came away with lifelong friends, mentors and memories that will last a lifetime.”

Course Details

Course Coordinator

Prof. David Mitchell

Next Intake

September 2021

Closing Date

18th August 2021

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.

Course Fees

Click here for a full list of postgraduate fees.

Get In Touch

Telephone Number

+353 1 896 4772