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Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (CRR)

The Master’s (M.Phil.) in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation is designed to suit the needs of specialists already working in conflict resolution and reconciliation, as well as those new to these fields of study.


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.

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. Students have the opportunity to engage with community-based actors and organizations involved at grassroots level in the process of conflict transformation and social justice.

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.

Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation is the only Trinity course based in Belfast. Living and studying in a divided society affords valuable opportunities for students, but the student experience here is different to attending a large campus university, or Trinity in Dublin. The department has its own excellent specialist library and small core staff. Study space, sports facilities and clubs and societies are available through Queen’s University Belfast which is close by. Most Trinity student support services can be accessed remotely but be aware that students must travel to Dublin if they wish to access the full range of services in person. Guidance for international students on accommodation, visas, healthcare and more is available here.


The Irish School of Ecumenics Trust will make the following scholarship available:

  • Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation M.Phil. (CRR) - €2,000 (1 scholarship)

There is no separate application process. All incoming students who have accepted a firm offer by 25 July 2023 will be considered. For further details please contact

Find out more about Postgraduate Scholarships.


EU Students

Full-time over 1 year €9,370

Part-time over 2 years €6,130

Non-EU Students

Full-time over 1 year €17,374

Part-time over 2 years €10,348

What our Students Say

Chougher Maria Doughramajian, 2021-22 GOI-IES Scholar

Choosing Trinity College Dublin’s M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation at the Belfast campus was a natural decision for me. The programme’s emphasis on hands-on experience through fieldwork and placements, along with its focus on The Troubles and its legacy, intrigued me. Studying in Belfast provided a unique opportunity to immerse myself in a post-conflict environment. Now, working with The Rainbow Project, the national LGBTQ+ organisation in the north of Ireland, the skills I gained at Trinity have proven invaluable. The Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship I received made this transformative experience possible. Overall, this programme not only shaped my career but also allowed me to form lasting connections and contribute meaningfully to the north of Ireland.

A.J. Pruitt, 2021 George J. Mitchell Scholar

Trinity College Dublin’s MPhil 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.

Kelsey Hanson, 2018

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.

Peter Kiernan, 2018 George J. Mitchell Scholar

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.

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