The programme is suitable both for recent graduates in any discipline and for those with some years' work experience in international organisations, in development, in government, in business or in education. Persons accepted for the MA programme will normally have an honours primary degree or equivalent, although appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may be accepted as equivalent to an honours degree in accordance with the relevant regulations of the University.
Applicants will be ranked by prior academic achievement, their work experience where relevant, and their stated reasons for wishing to take the programme. In respect of the latter, applicants are asked to include a 200-word statement outlining:
- Why they wish to take this programme,
- What in their record and experience makes them suitable for the MA programme, and
- The impact which they expect the MA would have on their future careers.
Applicants who are awaiting their degree results should indicate both the level of award expected, and their undergraduate record to date. Some applicants may be called for interview.
Our MA programmes have been heavily over-subscribed in recent years. We therefore encourage people to apply all the programmes they are interested in, in order of preference. This will increase you chances of an offer. Our on-line application system allows you rank three separate programmes.
Applicants who are awaiting their degree results should indicate both the level of award expected, and their undergraduate record to date. Some applicants may be called for interview. The closing date for receipt of applications is below, though we recommend that international students apply early and we will make some decisions on international applications at an earlier date where this is necessary to allow applicants secure funding or visas.
Months of entry
There are no longer clear distinctions between regional or domestic civil conflicts and issues of global security. Most conflicts have an international dimension, and global insecurity has local as well as international causes and consequences.
The MA in International Security and Conflict Studies explores the causes of conflict, the roles played by powerful states and the broader international community in conflict and security, the changing role of peacekeeping, terrorism and radicalisation, and conflict resolution processes.
Information for international students
International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Diarmuid Torney
- +353 (01) 7006468