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MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict

The success of the MPhil, which has been running since 1997, lies in the unique way it combines a focus on race-critical theory, population movement, conflict and resistance.
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What is the MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict?

This one-year postgraduate course examines the techniques used by states and international agencies to manage peoples and conflict, their social and cultural impact and the responses they elicit. It applies a wide variety of sociological theories to racialization, gender, migration, ethnic conflict and peace-making. Students are taught to complete an independent research project on these issues

Staff, students and alumni form a friendly, ethnically diverse intellectual community with links to the Centre for Post-Conflict Justice, the Long Room Hub, Trinity Research in Social Sciences, the Migration and Employment Research Centre, and the Conflict and Resistance Research Group all in Trinity College Dublin, and with a host of national and international academic and civil society organisations involved in race critical theory, critical peace studies, anti-racism, migrant support, Traveller rights and nomadism.

Course Structure

The emphasis is on small group teaching and one-to-one support in the preparation of your research-based dissertation. Course content focuses on Ireland, Europe, the US, and the Middle East and covers topics such as theories of race ethnicity, and conflict as well as modules on statelessness and forced migration; identity; conflict zones; migration, labour and conflict; racism and resistance; and gender and race

Visit the course structure section for more details.

Is it for me?

The MPhil is designed for people who work or wish to work in any of these fields, and/or who are thinking of PhD research. Our recent graduates work for NGOs (national and international), in migrant and Traveller rights, as barristers, playwrights, political activists, researchers, teachers, academics, Gardai, journalists, social workers. According to figures compiled by the College Careers Service, over 90% of our MPhil graduates are either in employment, internships or in further study.

What are the admission requirements?

Candidates should have an Honors Bachelor degree (preferably upper-second class honors or equivalent, GPA of at least 3.2) in one of the social sciences or a degree that includes social science as a component. However, consideration will also be given to applicants with other relevant academic qualifications, work experience in the fields of population movement or conflict and/or publications that demonstrate analytical skills. Applicants seeking admission in this category may, where practicable, be called for interview. In all cases the quality of the candidate's statement of interest and their academic references are important and will be taken into account as part of the admission process.
All applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through the medium of English will need to present evidence of English language competency.
All applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through the medium of English will need to present evidence of English language competency.

For further details please visit the Graduate Studies website.

The deadline for applications is 31 July of the intended year of entry. Applications are considered on a rolling basis (ie ‘first come first served’), so early application is recommended.

What are the fees?

Course fees are currently available at

Scholarships for MPhil in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict 2023 here

For additional details please visit the Academic Registry website.

Further information

For further information on the programme please contact the MPhil Course Director Professor David Landy, Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Email: Professor David Landy