Conflict Transformation Summer School

'I am convinced that this program is the greatest way to experience Ireland'

Anna Donley, Fulbright Student

Everything you need to know

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice offers a unique interdisciplinary four week International Summer School in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice for summer 2017. This year the programme dates are Monday 26 June 2017 to 21 July 2017.


Download the 2017 Conflict Transformation Summer School flyer

Programme Outline

We are delighted to announce our exciting new programme for summer 2017 which has been extended to four weeks.

What can I expect?

Students taking the programme will examine the theories and practices of conflict transformation from within local and global perspectives that will include case studies of Northern Ireland, the Balkans, the Middle East, South Asia and South America, as well as evaluate how religion impacts upon peace-building. Students will learn more about how interventions and policies dedicated to conflict transformation have failed or succeeded.

It will position the importance of security, transitional justice and the role of restorative justice in democracy building. Understanding how border conflicts and social injustice encourage conflict and violence will also be studied using the methods of human rights and social inclusion. Other important features of peace-building that include negotiation and dialogue, the problem of dealing with victims issues and perpetrators of injustice will also form part of the overall learning around the research methods and ethics required for the restoration of social justice.

Areas of study

Drawing from our experience in Northern Ireland and case studies from across the globe we will examine:

  • Conflict Transformation in Local and Global Perspective
  • Religion and Peacebuilding
  • Intervention and Integration
  • Transitional Justice
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Cross-border Co-operation
  • Discourses and Dialogue in Conflict Transformation
  • Representing and Dealing with the Past
  • Research Methods and Ethics in Conflict Transformation
  • Policing and Securitization

There will be exciting opportunities to hear first-hand accounts of the practical dimensions of conducting research in conflict zones and to debate the implications for policy and practice.

Assessment and credit

The Summer School programme comprises at least 80 hours contact (teaching) time. Three US credits are recommended for this programme. Your home university must decide if it wants to award you this credit - they may contact us for more details of the programme before making a decision. Please see our FAQs for more information.

Exploring Northern Ireland

But it’s not all study at the Conflict Transformation Summer School! We promise challenge and entertainment all at the same time. Students are also given the opportunity to meet with some of Northern Ireland’s decision-makers – key politicians, church and community leaders. There are excursions to archaeological, historical and cultural sites in Belfast and beyond, as well as social activities including Irish dance and quiz nights.

Included in the Summer School are a range of visits to:

  • Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast and the Antrim Glens
  • Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, where the Titanic was designed and built
  • Belfast’s murals and interfaces
  • The Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park
  • Derry-Londonderry (UK City of Culture 2013)


A unique location

Belfast is a compact and growing city which has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. Packed with history, culture, exciting events, great food and super shopping, an added bonus is you’ll also find some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet!

World class facilities

The University campus is one of the best-equipped in Europe and includes everything you need from nightclubs to sporting facilities, restaurants and our own art house cinema. Everything is within walking distance from student accommodation, with the city centre only 15 minute walk from campus to complete your experience at Queen’s. We are at the centre of the city's culture, arts and social scene!

A Russell Group institution

We benefit from a depth of expertise amongst our staff and a range of internationally renowned specialists. The global impact of our teaching and research is a defining feature of the University. As a member of the Russell Group of the UK's leading research-intensive universities, Queen's inspires its students to be the pioneers of progress who change society for the better.

Students enrich our thriving research culture and contribute much to our academic activity. In return, we provide a stimulating learning environment where individual interests can be pursued and academic ambitions achieved.

International experts in peace building

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice is a newly established international centre of excellence at Queen's University Belfast. The Institute fosters collaborations across a range of subject areas which allow the Faculty to address some of the key global challenges faced in seeking to achieve fairness, security, prosperity, social harmony and progress.


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The International Summer School on Conflict Transformation will run from Monday 26 June 2017 to 21 July 2017.

Application deadline - 4.00pm on Friday 28th April 2017.

Download the 2017 Conflict Transformation Summer School flyer


The fees for the International Summer School on Conflict Transformation at Queen’s are extremely competitive.  The total package for the four weeks includes accommodation (27 nights starting on Sunday 25 June 2017) and a cooked breakfast each day.

This programme is not only highly competitive in terms of cost it is also delivered to the highest standard. Queen's is a UK top 10 research-intensive university, and is one of the leading centres for research in conflict transformation and Irish studies on the island of Ireland.

The fee rates for the International Summer School 2017 are as follows:


PriceWhat's included

All tuition

Accommodation in a single ensuite room (own shower and toilet) on campus with a cooked breakfast

Field trips and cultural visits

Meals while on the field trips


All tuition

Field trips and cultural visits

Meals while on the field trips

No accommodation provided


 How to Apply

  1. Please click the ‘Apply Now’ tab to submit your application.
  2. After your application is submitted, you will receive a thank you message informing you of payment options.
  3. You will receive acceptance of your application within three working days, as well as important information regarding payment and visas if approrpiate.
  4. Once you pay you will receive an automatic email from WorldPay as receipt of your payment. If you do not receive this within 10 days, please contact us directly.
  5. When payment is received you will be contacted by email within three working days to confirm your place on the course. Please note your place is only secure when you have paid.

Australian students

We encourage Australian university students interested in the Conflict Transformation and Social Justice programme to apply for this program through AIM Overseas, our valued Australian partner that will assist you with your application and all your enquiries every step of the way.

Terms and Conditions

If you would like to apply to our Summer School, please ensure that you have first read and understood our Summer School Terms and Conditions. Remember:

  • Applicants must be aged 18 or over by 26 June 2017
  • Applications must be made before 4pm on Friday 28 April 2017 via the online application
  • Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis
  • Our listed fees do not include air fares or travel expenses outside of the event programme or day-to-day living expenses.

For additonal information please see the FAQs.

Find out more

If you want to find out more about our International Summer School on Conflict Transforamtion and Social Justice why not join our online information session on Wednesday 12 April, and meet with the Summer School Coordinator. To register click here

International Summer School on Conflict Transformation and Social Justice
Professor Fiona Magowan
Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017
Time: 3.00pm / 15.00 BST
Location: Online

For further enquiries, please contact:

Claire McLoughlin
Phone: +44 (0) 28 9097 1314


Once you take the decision to study with us, help is at hand to ensure your experience is as smooth as possible. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions to help with any queries you may have including information on visas, healthcare insurance, accommodation and assessment and credit.


Queen’s Elms Halls of Residence is ranked in the UK’s Top 10 universities for student accommodation and our rates include utility bills, 24-hour security, 24-hour reception, regular cleaning of communal areas and internet service.

The accommodation is booked from Sunday 25 June 2017 until Friday 21 July 2017 inclusive (27 nights) - arriving on Sunday from 2.00pm and departure on Saturday morning by 10.30am. If you would like to stay additional nights at Queen's Elms Halls of Residence, you can book and pay for these separately by e-mailing

Elms Village is located approximately 1.5 miles (2km) from Belfast City Centre in a leafy residential area within walking distance of local shops and restaurants making it an ideal location for the summer months. For more information please read our Frequently Asked Questions.


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