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Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (CRR)

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 at the Belfast campus on the theory and practice of conflict resolution in Ireland and around the world; a residential module at the Corrymeela Centre for Reconciliation on the north Antrim coast; an intensive mediation skills training module; and a placement with a community organisation. Students may also take modules from the School of Religion's other MPhil courses taught in Dublin.

Offering an inter-disciplinary approach to the challenges of political and social reconciliation in the aftermath of armed conflict, this MPhil combines high-quality award-winning 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.

Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation is the only Trinity course based in Belfast. The department is located in a student friendly area in the south of the city and 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. Many Trinity student support services can be accessed remotely, but students must travel to Dublin if they wish to access the full range of services. Guidance on finding accommodation as well as information about UK visas, is available here.

Closing date - 14th August 2020.


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 26th July 2020 will be considered. For further details please contact

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