Taught course

International Peace Studies

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

Entry requirements

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: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

International Peace Studies examines the sources of war and
armed conflict and suggests methods of preventing and resolving
them through processes of peacemaking and peacebuilding. The
course combines perspectives from international relations, ethics
and conflict resolution to reflect critically upon the wide range
of social, political and economic issues associated with peace
and political violence. A week-long Mediation Summer School
provides an opportunity to develop practical skills in the area
of conflict resolution and mediation. There is also the option to
participate in various field trips in Ireland and abroad.
Students are required to take the two core modules, The
Politics of Peace and Conflict and Research Methods. Student
must also complete four modules from the following:
International Politics; Ethics in International Affairs; Conflict
Resolution and Nonviolence; Armed Conflict, Peacebuilding
and Development; The United Nations and Conflict
Resolution; Human Rights in Theory and Practice; Gender,
War and Peace; Northern Ireland: Conflict, Religion and the
Politics of Peace; The Politics of the Idea of Europe; Race and
Ethnicity, Theoretical Concepts; Ethnic Conflict, Peace and
the State; Religion and International Relations and NGOs in
Theory and Practice: Internship Module. A sufficient number of
optional modules must be taken to fulfil credit requirements.
Some changes to the structure and content of this course
may be made during the year. Prospective candidates should
contact Trinity for information on new developments.
Teaching takes place in Dublin over two terms. A one term,
non-degree course 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.
Modules from the M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and
Interreligious Studies and the M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and
Reconciliation are open to students on the M.Phil. in International
Peace Studies. Students seeking to be assessed for their work on
a module in either of the two other courses must first secure the
permission of the relevant course coordinators.
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


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Prof. Etain Tannam