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Irish School of Ecumenics, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #101 (QS) Dublin, Ireland
The Irish School of Ecumenics is committed to the study and promotion of dialogue, peace and reconciliation in Ireland and other global contexts. ISE is recognised for its vigorous interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research and social engagement.
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The Irish School of Ecumenics offers taught Masters courses and research student supervision in the fields of Intercultural Theology and Inter-religious Studies, International Peace Studies, Reconciliation Studies and Conflict Resolution. As such it provides research supervision across disciplinary fields which include the ethics and theology of conflict and peace; reconciliation; human rights and ethics in international affairs; interreligious dialogue and intercultural theology; ecumenical theology; gender issues; development and globalisation; the interplay of politics and religion. 

The ISE is TCD’s only cross-border institution with the Intercultural Theology and Inter-religious Studies and International Peace Studies courses based in Trinity College Dublin and the Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation course operating from Lennoxvale in Belfast

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    10 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The ISE offers a structured PhD. Students work with their supervisor(s) over a four year period and are required to take a minimum of 10ECTS in taught modules to develop their research skills over the course of their studies.

Some current PhD projects include:

  • Peace Journalism and Conflict in the Horn of Africa
  • UNSC 1325 and Women’s Peacebuilding in Armenia and Azerbaijan
  • Feminist Peace Activism in the Yugoslav wars
  • Engaging Men to End Gender Based Violence in Kenya
  • Secular Humanitarian Responses to Disasters in Religious Contexts

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Two academic references (or where appropriate clinical referees)
  • Academic transcript(s) which must be certified by the issuing body:
  • Certified copy of degree certificate(s)
  • Please note that graduates of the University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin do not need to provide certified copies of degree certificates
  • A recognised certificate of English Language Competency if English is not your first language .
  • You may also be required to submit further documents e.g. a sample of work in support of your application/ additional test results such as GMAT etc If this is necessary for a decision to be made on your application, the document will become a mandatory part of your application.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Dublin

  • 1100 - 1800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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