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Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (CRR)

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The MPhil in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is a creative and innovative course designed to suit the needs both of specialists already working in the field, and those new to these areas of study.

Modules offered include: weekly classes taught at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Belfast, on the theory and practice of conflict resolution in Ireland and around the world; a week-long residential course at the Corrymeela Centre for Reconciliation on the north Antrim coast taught by experts from our partner organisation, Beyond Walls; an intensive mediation skills training module; and a placement with a community organisation. Students may also take modules taught at ISE in Dublin. As such, the course is a hybrid mix between the theoretical and practical that offers a dynamic learning experience beyond the classroom setting.

Offering an inter-disciplinary approach to the challenges of political and social reconciliation in the aftermath of armed conflict, this MPhil combines high-quality academic education with practical skills and on-the-ground learning. Graduates will be 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 PhD research.

Northern Ireland faces many social and political challenges as it emerges from decades of violence. Yet Belfast is a vibrant city, undergoing an exciting transformation. The city provides a unique backdrop to the MPhil, allowing students to immerse themselves in a society grappling with the challenges and opportunities of conflict transformation.

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We have undergone an educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received our final report, which is available in full at:

The monitoring visit resulted in the following outcome: The QAA monitoring team has concluded that we are making acceptable progress in implementing the action plan from the Recognition Scheme for Educational Oversight.

Course Information

Duration: 1 year full-time/2 years part-time


Fees 2017-2018:

EU Students full-time: €8,428

EU Students part-time: €5,608

Non-EU Students full-time: €15,408

Non-EU Students part-time: €9,283


Closing Date: 30 June 2017


Course Overview

Key Dates 2016-2017

M.Phil Courses Handbook

Guide for International Students 2017-18

International Student Checklist

CRR Timetable 2016-2017

CRR Course Poster

Library Guide 2016-2017

Guide to living in Belfast

Student Support Services


Field Trips

Student Testimonials

A Guide to the Application Process

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Course coordinator: Dr Brendan Ciarán Browne

Further information: Ms Caroline Clarke




Last updated 24 April 2017 by Irish School of Ecumenics (Email).