PG Diploma in Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies (NFQ Level 9)

Presented by Trinity College Dublin.


General Information:

  • Region: Dublin
  • Course Co-ordinator: Dr. Gillian Wylie 
  • Trainers: Margaret Ramsay and Frances Stephenson
  • Organisation: Trinity College Dublin
  • Principal Contact: Irish School of Ecumenics
  • Address: Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin 2
  • Phone: 01 896 4788
  • Fax: 01 672 5024
  • Email:
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Course Information:

  • Course Structure: 2 evenings per week over 2 academic semesters (September-December/January-April), plus 2 weekend workshops
  • Hours in training: 40 on practical mediation skills and practice
  • Hours required outside training: 92
  • Venue: Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin 2
  • Course Timings:  2 evenings per week (Tuesday and Thursday) 7-10pm
  • Max number on course:  20
  • Cost:€5963(EU fee) plus TCD sports centre charge 77 Euro/USI levy 8 Euro
  • €7,400 Euro (non EU) plus TCD sports centre charge 77 Euro/USI levy 8 Euro 
  • Upcoming Programme Dates: 11th September 2018 to 31st August 2019


The Programme:

Course Aim:

This one-year postgraduate programme course interests those, in both the public and private sectors, who are professionally involved in conflict analysis, management and resolution and who wish to study mediation and other non-adversarial dispute and conflict resolution processes (ADRs) which are increasingly a part of legislative and management structures in the EU and internationally. It aims at achieving standards of best practice for those who recognise the value of alternative dispute resolution processes in resolving commercial, community, workplace and other pre-litigation disputes and in minimising damage caused by conflict. Those who complete the programme course will have a deep understanding of the nature of conflict, the various conflict resolution processes available and will know how to apply them. 

Course Objectives:

On successful completion of the programme graduates should be able to:

- Reflect critically on theories concerning the causes and dynamics of conflict in a variety of contexts

- Undertake conflict analysis using appropriate tools

- Understand the role of social and political processes in the dynamics of conflict and its resolution at local and global levels

- Demonstrate a general knowledge of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes as they are emerging as an alternative to the adversarial system 

- Analyse and evaluate the different processes of remedy and redress;

- Acquire practical skills in mediation, restorative justice and other ADRS through practical exercises and role play

Methodology and evaluation:

The assessment is based on two essays of approximately 4,000 – 4,500 words each, a 4,000 – 4,500, reflective log, and on a practical skills-based assessment. One essay focuses on the underlying theory of conflict, the other essay focuses on theories and processes of conflict resolution. The log focuses on the student’s reflection on their learning. The practical assessment focuses on conducting mediation. All modules are weighted in the calculation of the degree mark according to their ECTS credit weighting. To complete qualify for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma, students must pass all modules by obtaining satisfactorily a pass mark of 40% must be achieved on the two essays and a ‘satisfactory’ pass grading on the log and practical assessment.

A successful Mediation Roleplay Competency Assessment option at the end of the programme allows students to apply for Certified Mediation status with the Mediators' Institute Ireland.

Admission Requirements:   

Normally a 2.1 at undergraduate level in any field. In exceptional circumstance a case for admission can be made to the Dean of Graduate Studies by the programme co-ordinator.

Course Co-ordinator: Dr. Gillian Wylie 

Training experience: 

Gillian Wylie did her MA and PhD at the University of Aberdeen in the fields of Politics and International Relations. She has been working in TCD since 2001 and coordinating the PG Diploma in Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies since 2011. She teaches on the CDRS modules 'Understanding Conflict' and 'Theories and Processes of Conflict Resolution', with a focus on theories of conflict, tools of conflict analysis and gender analysis of conflict and peace.  She also teaches on the Masters in International Peace Studies, offering modules on International Politics and Gender in War and Peace, and supervises many Masters and PhD students. Her primary research interest lies in the area of human trafficking for sexual and labour exploitation in the context of globalisation.

Other Trainers: Mary Rafferty and Lily Regan 

Margaret Ramsey is a practitioner member of the Mediators Institute of Ireland (the MII) with a particular interest and expertise in workplace mediation. She has a Masters in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from NUIM and many years senior management experience in HR.

Frances Stephenson  has been an accredited MII Mediator since 2005 with experience of helping people in conflict situations in places of work, within families and with couples separating. The empathy, sensitivity and understanding that Frances brings to the table in mediation is regularly commented on by individuals and employers. She works with individuals and groups so they can bring about change that empowers and enables a better outcome through dialogue. Frances was one of the first Irish mediators trained in Elder Mediation with Canadian expert - Judy McCann-Beranger in 2010. She was awarded international accreditation in Elder Mediation in June 2012. As one of the founders of Later Life Mediation, she works with families in a sensitive and confidential way helping them with the challenging issues associated with ageing. She also works with entrepreneurs and business owners in the area of succession planning. Frances has a background in training and group facilitation in small, medium and large organisations. She delivers training courses in FETAC Level 6 Conflict Management; Communications skills; Management Development and Career planning.  She also has a background in the voluntary, not for profit, sector mainly in the sport and health related areas.

Organisation: Trinity College Dublin Duration: 132 hours (40 hours in class, remainder in personal study) MII Approved: Yes

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