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International Peace Studies - MPhil/PgDip

Trinity College Dublin    School of Religions, Theology and Ecumenics

Full time & Part time September PGDip, Research Only, Other 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

About the course

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. There is also the option to participate in various field trips in Ireland and abroad.


Students are required to take the two core modules as well as four others from the list of optional modules. A sufficient number of optional modules must be taken to fulfil credit requirements.

A. Core

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Entry Requirements

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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Amanda Haydar - Byblos, Lebanon (International Peace Studies 2018-2019)

Besides the reputation of academic finesse, I specifically chose Trinity because I wanted to be a part of an institution that prioritizes the growth, well-being and success of its students. In hindsight, I couldn’t be happier with my choice. Trinity is abundant with opportunity and provides for an excellent and encouraging learning environment.

Upon considering various options for a masters, I found that the International Peace Studies M.Phil. program checked off all the boxes on my list. The program aligned perfectly with my interests and sufficiently equipped me with the practical, analytical, and theoretical skills I sought to pursue a career in the field of development and peacebuilding. The course itself is unique in its positive and multidisciplinary approach and it grants students the freedom to creatively delve into their individual interest points.

The International Peace Studies program it taught by a dynamic selection of professors who are as diligent and passionate as they are supportive and kind. The program has led me to an internship with the UNECE in Geneva and I plan to return to pursue a PhD afterwards.

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