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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 2018-2019:

EU Students full-time: €8,838

EU Students part-time: €5,873

Non-EU Students full-time: €16,163

Non-EU Students part-time: €9,733


Closing Date: 30 June 2018


Course Overview 2017-2018

Key Dates 2017-2018

Handbook for M.Phil Courses

Guide for International Students 2017-18

International Student Checklist


Library Guide 2017-2018

CRR Timetable 2017-2018

CRR Course Poster

Guide to living in Belfast

Student 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 15 February 2018 by Irish School of Ecumenics (Email).