TCD Postgraduate Courses in Conflict Dispute Resolution Studies as well as Christian Theology

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Are you pondering what postgraduate courses you’d like to take? Then make sure to check out the Postgraduate Diploma in Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies and MPhil course in Christian Theology, both provided by TCD.

TCD Postgraduate Courses:

Course Description: Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies – Post Grad Diploma.

This one-year postgraduate course interests those in both the public and private sectors who are involved in conflict analysis, management and resolution and who wish to study mediation and other non-adversarial dispute and conflict resolution processes (ADRs). The course aims at achieving standards of best practice for those who recognise the value of alternative dispute resolution processes in resolving commercial, community, workplace, international and other disputes and in minimising the damage caused by conflict. Those who complete the course will have a deep understanding of the causes and nature of conflict, the various conflict resolution processes available and how to apply them. CDRS is an accredited training programme with the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland. Successful completion of an optional MII Mediation Roleplay Competency Assessment at the end of the CDRS programme will allow students to apply for Certified Mediation status with the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland.

Students take 5 modules: Understanding Conflict; Aspects and Dynamics of Conflict; Theories and Processes of International Conflict Resolution; Processes and Skills for Moving Beyond Conflict; Models of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Students are assessed by means of two essays, a reflective log and filmed mediation role play. This Postgraduate Diploma course is taught in two evening sessions per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) over 24 teaching weeks between late September and early April. There are also four Saturday mediation training workshops, usually in January-March. MII assessments take place on weekends in April-May. All assessments are to be completed by 1 August 2020.


One year, Taught Evening Diploma. Teaching period runs from September to April, with 2 evening sessions (6 hours per week) over 24 weeks. There are also four practical, skill-based mediation training workshops held on Saturdays. Courses take place at the ISE, Trinity College Dublin.

  • Course Coordinator: Prof. Gillian Wylie
  • Next Intake: September 2020
  • Closing Date: 31 July 2020

Applicants should normally have an Honors Bachelor degree and three years relevant experience or another third-level qualification and five years relevant experience. Students without the above qualifications will be considered subject to evidence of adequate skills and experience. Students not meeting these criteria may exceptionally be considered at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Course Description: Christian Theology – MPhil

Religious issues are an important part of public debate in contemporary pluralist societies. Many crucial social and political matters are affected by religious concerns and key policy debates require expertise and literacy in religious and theological concepts, traditions and practices. At the global, European and Irish levels a critical understanding of the Christian tradition is imperative, given the historic and continuing influence of this tradition.

This MPhil in Christian Theology provides students with the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of the core disciplines of theology and to develop skills of critical thinking in relation to them. Its focus, on pluralist and critically constructive theological studies of the highest academic standing, will allow students to contribute to public debates on religious/theological issues in contemporary societies.


The course incorporates both taught and research components. Students must take six taught modules (10 ECTS each) comprising three core and three optional modules, and write a 15,000 word dissertation (30 ECTS).

The Modules Offered Include:

  • Violence and Grace in the Human Narrative
  • The First Words: Theology/ies of the Bible
  • Readings in Classical Theological Texts
  • Theology and the Arts
  • Christianity of the Celtic World (600-1,000 AD)
  • Ministry and Church in a Challenging Era
  • Authority, Tradition and Experience: Ecumenics as Intercultural Theology
  • Nature, Grace and the Triune God
  • Jesus of Nazareth: Son, Christ, Word

Course Details

  • Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
  • Course Coordinator: Prof. Fainche Ryan
  • Next Intake: September 2020
  • Closing Date: 31 July 2020

For further information on both courses, please contact TCD here.


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