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After registration in Dublin at the start of the course, teaching takes place in Belfast over two teaching terms, September to December and January to early April.
The M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation is designed to suit the needs of specialists already working in conflict resolution and reconciliation, as well as those new to these fields of study.
This course is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland reflecting the School and Trinity’s commitment to cross-border education. It offers an inter-disciplinary approach to the challenges of political and social reconciliation in the aftermath of armed conflict. It equips graduates for work with local and international organisations, and provides transferable skills for a wide variety of careers, including mediation, diplomacy,
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Applicants should normally have an honors 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.
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Studying abroad has always been a big part of my higher education experience. After two long-term study abroad experiences as an undergrad, I knew that I wanted to accomplish my masters degree abroad. Trinity’s reputation and credentials as one of Europe’s best universities drew me to the school initially and the diverse program offerings convinced me that Trinity was the right choice for me.
When I was looking into graduate programs, I wanted one that would take me out of the classroom and allow me to conduct hands on field research. The ISE masters program was the only one I could find that not only allowed me to get out into the field but actively encouraged it through internships and field trips. But what really helped me make up my mind about choosing the Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation M.Phil. at ISE was its location in Belfast.
The connections I made through this program, both personal and professional, were and are invaluable. I loved this program and it genuinely affected the trajectory of my professional life. However, I worry that the program is not advertised adequately and I would hate to see the program in danger of closing due to a lack of awareness of its existence. This is a sentiment that many in my cohort expressed in addition to frustrations about the lack of information about the program on Trinity’s website.
Trinity College Dublin exposes you to the best professors, resources, and classmates a university can offer.
I chose to study conflict resolution and reconciliation at Trinity’s Irish School of Ecumenics, because of the incredible depth of their programme. With a satellite-campus in Belfast, the programme is at ground zero for studying the Troubles and the ramifications of peace in a post-conflict society. The professors and coursework are foremost in the field and challenge you to go beyond assumptions, and the community and staff make you feel at home. All of this, while being immersed in an environment where you live and experience the effects of post-conflict everyday make for a deeply meaningful and constructive education.
I came away with lifelong friends, mentors and memories that will last a lifetime.
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