Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies (P.Grad.Dip.)

1 year part-time


This one-year postgraduate course interests those in both the public and private sectors who are involved in conflict analysis, management and resolution and who wish to study mediation and other non-adversarial dispute and conflict resolution processes (ADRs). The course aims at achieving standards of best practice for those who recognise the value of alternative dispute resolution processes in resolving commercial, community, workplace, international and other disputes and in minimising the damage caused by conflict. Those who complete the course will have a deep understanding of the causes and nature of conflict, the various conflict resolution processes available and how to apply them. CDRS is an accredited training programme with the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland. Successful completion of an optional MII Mediation Roleplay Competency Assessment at the end of the CDRS programme will allow students to apply for Certified Mediation status with the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII).
Students take 5 modules: Understanding Conflict; Aspects and Dynamics of Mediation; Theories and Processes of International Conflict Resolution; Processes and Skills for Moving Beyond Conflict; Models of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Students are assessed by means of essays, group work, a reflective log and filmed mediation role play. This Postgraduate Diploma course is taught in two evening sessions per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) over 24 teaching weeks between late September and April. There are also four Saturday mediation training workshops, usually in January-March. MII assessments take place on weekends in April-May. All assessments are to be completed by 2 August 2022.

Career Opportunities 

Our graduates find employment in a wide range of careers, such as conflict resolution and mediation, peacebuilding, human rights, international development, NGOs and the non-profit sector, advocacy and activism, the public sector and government, diplomacy, the United Nations and international organisations, research, teaching, journalism, academia and law.

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Course Details

Next Intake

September 2023

Course Coordinator

Prof. Gillian Wylie

Closing Date

31st July 2023

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Admission Requirements

Applicants should normally have an Honours Bachelor degree and three years relevant experience or another third-level qualification and five years relevant experience. Students without the above qualifications will be considered subject to evidence of adequate skills and experience. Students not meeting these criteria may exceptionally be considered at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies.

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"I had completed a Certificate in Mediation and wished to study Conflict and Alternative Dispute Resolution strategies further. Having explored several courses, this one offered the most interesting and wide-ranging study of this area. After considering other options, I felt that this course offered me a deep understanding of the causes and nature of conflict, the various conflict resolution processes available and how to apply them in different contexts. I could not recommend Trinity and this particular course highly enough. Although it seemed very daunting at first as one of the oldest on the Campus, I’m sure, the level of attention and care from the Faculty and the Library all meant it was a very rewarding experience."

Lucy Maguire