Taught course

Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies

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

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. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

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. Through an alliance with Mediation Forum-
Ireland those who complete the CDRS course will have the
opportunity to have their names included in the relevant
specialist panel of Accredited Mediators. CDRS is also 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 workshops, usually
in May. All assessments are to be completed by 1 August.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Prof. Gillian Wylie
+353-1-896 4771