Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time
NFQ Level 9 Major Award
Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr Emma Dolan

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Brief Description

This programme introduces students to key debates about conflict resolution, peacebuilding and processes of economic and political development. As such, a prime objective of this programme is to provide students with awareness of the complexities of peacebuilding and development in diverse global case studies, thereby encouraging graduates who can 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 (economic, political and human) development. Considering that the vast majority of international organisations working on humanitarian issues currently understand that peace, security and development are deeply interrelated areas of their work, this programme takes a much-needed holistic view of the post-conflict environment to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge which are needed for effective work in this area or for further study.

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


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; Gender and Politics; 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) or passport
  • 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
    • English language competency certificate

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Part Time:

EU - €4,052

Non-EU - €9,092

Full Time:

EU - €7,718 

Non- EU - €18,000

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email


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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.”