Irish Model for Conflict Resolution @UCD

Studying Conflict Resolution in Ireland 

Ireland’s ancient history and recent past make it a fascinating place to study politics and international relations.

Ireland’s ancient history and recent past together with its active foreign policy, its commitment to international development and its promotion of human rights make it a fascinating place to study politics and international relations. Many people believe that the transformation of relations between Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Great Britain, has relevance to relations between different national, ethnic or racial groups in other parts of the world. This concept of an ‘Irish model’ of ethnonational conflict resolution is one of the key issues examined by academics at the Institute for British-Irish Studies, a research centre attached to the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin (UCD) that explores relations between the two major traditions on the island of Ireland, and between Ireland and Great Britain, and which also engages in research on divided societies more generally.

The issue is one example of a variety of cutting-edge research topics in which prestigious academics in UCD School of Politics and International Relations are engaged. Ireland’s recent history also makes it a particularly interesting case for examining the role of member states in the European Union. The Dublin European Institute (DEI), another research centre attached to UCD School of Politics and International Relations, supports scholarly research and debate on the sources, processes and implications of European integration and governance.

UCD School of Politics and International Relations is the oldest and the largest school of politics in the Republic of Ireland. A European centre of excellence for graduate courses in international politics, UCD School of Politics & International Relations is a dynamic, multi-faceted and highly international school. There are 150 students from over 30 countries undertaking fascinating, relevant, and intellectually challenging graduate courses in Politics and International Relations in UCD.

The graduate programme in UCD School of Politics and International Relations encompasses master’s degrees and graduate diplomas in traditional areas of political science such as comparative politics, international relations and political theory, as well as specialized or multi-disciplinary subjects such as European public affairs, human rights, international development, and nationalism and ethnic conflict. The School’s Masters in International Relations is one of the most popular graduate courses for international students studying politics in UCD. International relations deals with the causes and consequences of international phenomena such as war, trade, regional integration, migration and terrorism and includes subjects such as international political economy, international security, cultural and social-psychological approaches to international politics, regional integration, international institutions, development and human rights – all key strengths of the faculty. As well as expertise in these areas, the School has particular expertise in international relations in Europe, Africa, North America and the Middle East. Students access the work of leading researchers at the School’s three research centres – the Centre for Development Studiesthe Dublin European Institute, and the Institute for British-Irish Studies – as well as prominent international speakers, through regular seminars and workshops.

A cornerstone of the school’s philosophy is a commitment to providing professionally valuable skills and experiences to its graduate students. To this end, graduate students undertaking MA courses in Politics, International Relations, Development Studies and Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict may take part in an internship programme, if they wish, giving them a unique opportunity to advance their professional development and apply their knowledge in real-world situations.

UCD is renowned for the quality and skills of its graduate students in politics and international relations. Graduates in politics and international relations at UCD leave university with key transferable skills, including the ability to communicate clearly and effectively about complex issues and to analyse and resolve difficult problems. Graduates work at leading universities and in governments, EU institutions, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, the media and a wide variety of international private-sector employers. In recent years, graduates of the UCD School of Politics and International Relations have taken up professional posts with the European Commission and European Parliament, the European External Action Service, the British, German, Irish, Korean and Turkish Foreign Ministries, the Asia Development Bank, the IBRD, the World Trade Organisation, the UN New York and UN Geneva, and the IMF.

University College Dublin (UCD) is Ireland’s largest university with over 25,000 students and is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide. Ireland’s most diverse university, UCD educates more than 5,000 international students from 122 countries each year. UCD attracts more postgraduate students in Ireland than any other university with 25 per cent of all postgraduate students in Ireland choosing UCD. International students can avail of an extensive range of on-campus accommodation with 24-hour security and state-of-the-art sports and campus facilities on UCD’s leafy campus located in South Dublin.

As a safe, welcoming, English-speaking country in Europe, Ireland is the destination of choice for international students seeking to expand their life experience and advance their education overseas. Students are attracted to Ireland as much for its history and culture as for the friendliness of its people. Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, has earned a reputation as one of the best cities in Europe for international students. With a population of 1.5 million, this modern, lively European city serves as the ideal gateway for exploring Europe.

To find out more about studying politics and international relations at this European centre of excellence, visit UCD School of Politics and International Relations at or talk to academics directly on Facebook at



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