Entry requirements

Candidates should have a good primary degree (an upper second or equivalent, GPA of at least 3.2) in one of the social sciences or a degree that has included social science as a component. In exceptional cases, candidates without a first degree may be accepted directly into the programme if they can demonstrate that they possess the equivalent of a good first degree, have work experience in the fields of population movement , 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 of their academic references are important. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

This course critically examines the techniques used by states
to manage population movement and conflict, their social and
cultural impact and the responses they elicit. It is unique in the
way it applies race-critical, cultural and postcolonial theories
to racialization, population movement, conflict and peacemaking.
It is designed for people who work or wish to work in
any of these fields, and/or who are thinking of Ph.D. research.
There is a focus on Ireland, Europe (including the Balkans), the
US and the Middle East. The course has three components:
1. Three core modules: race-critical theory, research methods,
and colonialism, conflict and liberal intervention.
2. Optional modules covering topics such as ethnic cleansing
and forced migration; ethnicity and social policy; human
rights and international issues; gender, race and conflict;
migration and the European labour market; migration
and education; representation and resistance; social
movements and international solidarity. (Topics can vary
from year to year).
3. A 20,000 word dissertation researched and written under
the supervision of a member of staff with relevant expertise.
There are also optional field-trips.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Andrew Finlay
+353-1-896 2701