Applicants should normally have an honours degree at
second class level or GPA 3.2 or above. Students not meeting
these criteria may exceptionally be considered at the
discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Applications are made online at:
Months of entry
The M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation is a
creative and innovative programme designed to suit the
needs of specialists already working in the fields of conflict
resolution and reconciliation, as well as those new to the
study of conflict resolution and reconciliation.
As Trinity’s only specialist cross-border School, the Irish School
of Ecumenics offers modules in Belfast and/or Dublin, as well as
some options at week-long residential courses at the Corrymeela
Community’s Centre for Reconciliation in Ballycastle on the
north Antrim coast. These modules are taught by experts from
our partner organisations: Beyond Walls, the Glencree Centre for
Reconciliation and Different Tracks Global.
The M.Phil. offers an inter-disciplinary approach to the
challenges of political and social reconciliation in the
aftermath of armed conflict, drawing on politics, sociology,
social research, theology and ethics. It is suitable both for
those interested in theoretical and comparative study, and for
reflective practitioners. Particular attention is given to ethnic
conflicts, and the role of religion in such conflicts and in peace
building and reconciliation.
After registration in Dublin at the start of the course, teaching
takes place in Belfast and partner sites over two terms
(September to December and January to early April). From
April–July students may be based in either Belfast or Dublin
depending on their research interests. A one term, non-degree
programme is available and is ideal for those on sabbatical,
or for those who prefer a shorter period of study. There is also
the option of attending single modules.
Common core module include: Research Skills; Conflict Analysis
and Models of Intervention; Dynamics of Reconciliation;
Conflict Resolution Skills; Conflict Transformation; Conflict
Resolution Lessons from Comparative Peace Processes;
Social Research for Transformation; Guided Research Project;
Reconciliation in Northern Ireland; Theology of Reconciliation;
Community Learning and Reflective Practice in Northern
Ireland and South Africa: The Ethics of Truth and Reconciliation.
Please note that not all modules will be offered every year.
Dissertation: A research dissertation (15,000–20,000 words)
to be supervised by an appropriate member of staff and to
be submitted by 20 August.
Information for international students