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

1 year full-time / 2 years part-time


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 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.
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
•    Dynamics of Reconciliation
•    Contemporary Conflict and Peacemaking: Global Perspectives
•    Mediation and Peacebuilding Skills
•    Community Learning and Reflective Practice
•    Dissertation
Teaching takes place in Belfast over two-terms.
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.

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. David Mitchell

Closing Date

31st July 2023

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Admission Requirements

Applicants should normally have an honours 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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Telephone Number

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"Trinity College Dublin's M.Phil in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation offers the perfect blend of individualization you look for in any bespoke academic experience and the expertise you expect from a top international university. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the faculty in Belfast went above and beyond to build a cohesive community. I can't think of a better place to study peace and conflict, and I'm certain there isn't a better group of people to support you on that journey."

A.J. Pruitt

Graduate, George J. Mitchell Scholar

"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. This Master’s 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. 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."

Kelsey Hanson



"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 in Belfast 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."

Peter Kiernan

Graduate, George J. Mitchell Scholar