Taught course

Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · Irish School of Ecumenics

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have an honours Bachelor degree and three years’ relevant experience or another third-level qualification and five years relevant experience. Students without the above qualifications will be considered subject to evidence of adequate skills and experience. Students not meeting these criteria may exceptionally be considered at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Months of entry


Course content

This one-year postgraduate course interests those, in both the public and private sectors, who are involved in conflict analysis, management and resolution and who wish to study mediation and other non-adversarial dispute and conflict resolution processes (ADRs). The course aims at achieving standards of best practice for those who recognise the value of alternative dispute resolution processes in resolving commercial, community, workplace, international and other disputes and in minimising the damage caused by conflict. Those who complete the course will have a deep understanding of the causes and nature of conflict, the various conflict resolution processes available and how to apply them. CDRS is an accredited training programme with Mediators’ Institute of Ireland. Successful completion of an optional MII Mediation Roleplay Competency Assessment at the end of the CDRS programme will allow students to apply for Certified Mediation status with the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland.

Students undertake 4 modules all worth 15 credits:

  • Understanding Conflict;
  • Aspects and Dynamics of Conflict;
  • Theories and Processes of Conflict Resolution;
  • Processes and Skills for Moving Beyond Conflict.

Students are assessed by a combination of two essays, a reflective log and filmed mediation role play.

This Postgraduate Diploma course is taught in two evening sessions per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) over 24 teaching weeks between late September and early April. There are also two Saturday mediation training workshops, usually in January-February. MII assessments take place on weekends in April-May. All assessments are to be completed by 1 August.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Prof. Gillian Wylie