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Welcome from the Head of School

You are very welcome here at the School of Religion, Theology, and Peace Studies, Trinity College Dublin, where you will find an open-minded and diverse set of scholarly approaches to the study of Religion and Theology as well as International Peace and Conflict Studies. We are ranked among the top such Schools in the world, within the top university in Ireland and one of the most historic and leading universities in the world.

We have two campuses, in Belfast and within Trinity College in Dublin, the latter being listed by Lonely Planet among the Top 500 Best Places on the Planet. Come and visit! Open Days are advertised here on the website for Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught programmes and if you are thinking of researching with us, you are encouraged to make direct contact with academic staff via the People page.

Our School tackles the big questions facing humanity. Through excellent research, teaching and civic engagement, we seek to understand religion, theology, and peace studies in historical settings and contemporary life, preparing our students for the world that needs them. We do this under the headings of two disciplines – Religious Studies and Peace Studies. 

Religious Studies at Trinity can trace its origins to the very foundation of the university and is pursued in a non-confessional way, meaning that we are aligned with an international academic community of scholars of Religion and Theology whose approach is critical and progressive. Our teaching is therefore for people of all faiths and of none. One of the best things about a degree in Religion is that it teaches you multiple modes of thinking – philosophical and historical and political and literary and anthropological, amongst others.

Peace Studies at Trinity is also a very significant discipline in the University, led by an international cohort of scholars many of whom are deeply involved in civic engagement and activism at local, national and international levels. Using interdisciplinary perspectives, students analyse the causes of conflict and violence and the conditions of peace. Peace Studies teaching is all at post-graduate level, with a choice of Masters’ programmes in Dublin and Belfast and a thriving post-graduate research culture.

Our students go on to find employment across a wide range of career trajectories, with particular concentrations in the non-profit sector, teaching, broadcasting, the public sector, NGO’s, government, advocacy and activism, religious ministry, academia, publishing, marketing, banking, law and management consultancy.

Join us! You’ll be most welcome.

This website aims to give you everything you need to know to in order to access our programmes, keep up with our news and events and contact our staff, but should you need any further information, please contact:

Best wishes,

Prof. Gillian Wylie.

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This strategic plan sets out the goals we, as a School within Trinity College, hope to achieve and how to achieve them during what will be a challenging but exciting period.
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Our Mission

This School of Trinity College Dublin tackles the questions facing humanity by seeking to understand the roles of religion, peace-making and theology in both their historical settings and contemporary life.
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Our History

We continue a tradition of scholarship that goes back to the very foundation of Trinity College Dublin.
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Our Disciplines

We cluster our teaching and research around two major disciplines--Religious Studies and Peace Studies.
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