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International Peace Studies (M.Phil.(Peace Studies) / P.Grad.Dip.)

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Course Description

International Peace Studies examines the sources of war and armed conflict and suggests methods of preventing and resolving them through processes of peacemaking and peacebuilding. The course combines perspectives from international relations, ethics and conflict resolution to reflect critically upon the wide range of social, political and economic issues associated with peace and political violence. There is also the option to participate in various field trips in Ireland and abroad.

Students are required to take the two core modules as well as four others from the list of optional modules.  A sufficient number of optional modules must be taken to fulfil credit requirements.

A.        Core Modules
•    The Politics of Peace and Conflict
•    Research Methods

B.        Students must take four modules from the following list of options:
•    International Politics
•    Conflict Resolution and Nonviolence
•    Armed Conflict, Peace-building and Development
•    The United Nations and Conflict Resolution
•    Human Rights in Theory and Practice
•    Gender, War and Peace
•    Gender Theories
•    Discoursing Gender
•    Russia – EU Relations
•    Religion, Conflict and Peace in International Relations     
•    NGOs in Theory and Practice: Internship Module


Modules may change from year to year.
Teaching takes place in Dublin over two terms. A one term, non-degree course is available and is ideal for those on sabbatical, or for those who prefer a shorter period of study. There is also the option of attending single modules.

Modules from the M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies the M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliationare open to students on the M.Phil. in International Peace Studies. 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 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 for the postgraduate diploma.


Amanda Haydar - Byblos, Lebanon

"Besides the reputation of academic finesse, I specifically chose Trinity because I wanted to be a part of an institution that prioritizes the growth, well-being and success of its students. In hindsight, I couldn’t be happier with my choice. Trinity is abundant with opportunity and provides for an excellent and encouraging learning environment.

Upon considering various options for a masters, I found that the International Peace Studies M.Phil. program checked off all the boxes on my list. The program aligned perfectly with my interests and sufficiently equipped me with the practical, analytical, and theoretical skills I sought to pursue a career in the field of development and peacebuilding. The course itself is unique in its positive and multidisciplinary approach and it grants students the freedom to creatively delve into their individual interest points.

The International Peace Studies program it taught by a dynamic selection of professors who are as diligent and passionate as they are supportive and kind. The program has led me to an internship with the UNECE in Geneva and I plan to return to pursue a PhD afterwards. "

Course Details

Course Coordinator

Prof. Etain Tannam

Next Intake

September 2021

Closing Date

31st July 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

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