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Peace and Development Studies MA

Course Details

Course Code: MAPDSTTFAD/MAPDSTTPAD

Duration: 1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time

Award: Masters

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name:
Dr. Scott Fitzsimmons
Email:
scott.fitzsimmons@ul.ie
Tel:
+353-61-233603
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Brief Description

This programme introduces students to key debates about conflict resolution, peacebuilding and processes of economic and political development. A prime objective of the course is to provide individuals with expertise in peacebuilding and development issues and to provide informed and committed personnel to contribute effectively in these areas at a professional level.

In this MA or Graduate Diploma in Peace and Development Studies, students investigate debates about the origins and nature of conflict and explore a range of approaches to conflict resolution. Contemporary cases of conflict and responses to these are examined, as are the connections between peacebuilding and development. Students further examine theories of economic and political development and explore contemporary strategies and practices of development. A prime objective of the course is to provide individuals with expertise in peacebuilding and development issues and to provide informed and committed personnel to contribute effectively in these areas at a professional level.

Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer
  • Graduate Seminar in Development;
  • Graduate Research Methods;
  • One elective module
  • Graduate Seminar in Peacebuilding
  • Research Methods (progressing dissertation)
  • Two elective modules
  • Dissertation
Electives

Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Political Theory; Graduate Seminar in International Relations; Graduate Seminar in Institutions and Policies of the EU; Public Administration Theory & Practice; Graduate Seminar in International Co-operation and Conflict; Graduate Seminar in European Governance; Representative Democracy in Europe; Global Justice; Feminist Perspectives in Conflict and Development Issues; International Political Economy; Comparative Climate Policy and Politics.

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

Normally, a primary degree in a relevant discipline with First or Second Class Honours or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary Degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).

What to include with your application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    AND
    • English language competency certificate

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Career Prospects

The course prepares students from diverse backgrounds for a career in or further research on international affairs, conflict management and resolution, peace operations, humanitarian assistance, development aid and related areas.

Graduate Testimonials

Anne-Marie Callan, Graduate of the MA Peace and Development studies and currently Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of Ireland, Sierra Leone “The MA is an excellent course because students benefit from taught modules on politics, peace and conflict and development and can pursue an area of research that is of interest in a supportive environment. The course is well recognised and is relevant for employment in a range of development positions.”

Ruth Feeney, Graduate of the MA in Peace and Development studies and currently Programme Support Officer, Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit, UNDP, South Sudan “The background the MA programme has given me is invaluable to my ability to work where I am today.”