This July, students from a range of academic backgrounds have the opportunity to participate in the Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland program taught by Queen’s University Belfast in the UK.

This 4 week program offers a comparative international perspective on conflict transformation and social justice, drawing on the development of conflict in Ireland where the program is delivered. Case studies and affairs from around the world will be strongly delved into, including those from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and America. Those teaching on the program come from a range of disciplines including Law, Politics, International Studies, Criminology, Anthropology, Human Rights and other humanities and social science subjects.

The program will include an evaluation of how religion has impacted and significantly shaped peace-building. In effect, students will expand on their knowledge and 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 victim issue 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.

In addition to the academic classes, a range of cultural activities and relevant field trips will also be organised as part of the interactive program.

* Details of the 2018 program are still subject to final change *

Additional Course Information

Please note that the official title of the course is “Conflict Transformation and Social Justice”. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a certificate from Queen’s University Belfast with the course listed as “Conflict Transformation and Social Justice”.

The  program will provide you with a broad overview of conflict resolution history, politics and critical awareness of the following themes:

  • Conflict Transformation in local and global perspective
  • Religion and Peacebuilding
  • Intervention and Integration
  • Transitional Justice
  • Cross-border Co-operation
  • Discourses and Dialogue in Conflict Transformation
  • Representing and Dealing with the Past
  • Policing and Securitisation

University and Faculty

Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast is a public research university, located in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Established by Queen Victoria in 1845, Queen’s is one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities and a member of the Russell Group, an independent body of 24 top-ranking, research-led universities in the UK. These strengths demonstrated by exceptional teaching standards and independent assessments reflect how Queen’s is one of the top ranked universities in the UK. Its location in Northern Ireland makes it ideal for an in-depth look at conflict resolution, as the country has historically been a part of religious and political violent engagements known as ‘The Troubles’, which took place over a period of 3 decades.

Queen’s was also ranked one of the top 200 universities in the world, placing it in the top 1% of world universities and ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for international faculty (57th) and international students (66th) (QS World University Rankings 2014-2015).

Queen’s is at the heart of the city’s culture, arts and social scenes. Whatever the time of year, Belfast is the ultimate student city, offering a huge selection of places to shop, socialise, eat and relax all within walking distance of the cosmopolitan University campus. No matter how large or small your budget is, or what your interests are, you are sure to find something to see and do in Belfast.

Site Visits and Cultural Activities

You 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, with Irish music and dance evenings as well. Included in the Summer School are a range of visits to:

  • The historical city of Derry/Londonderry

  • Titanic Exhibition

  • Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast and the Antrim Glens

  • South Armagh, a ‘border county’ between NI and RoI

  • Belfast’s murals and peacewalls

  • The Crumlin Road Gaol

  • A visit to Stormont where students meet politicians from all major political parties in Northern Ireland.



Accommodation is included as part of the program. You will be staying at a student residence, which is located 2 miles away from the centre of Belfast.

Rooms are private, fully furnished and centrally heated, with wi-fi internet access and all within a short walk of the main university campus.

You will be accommodated in a single room with ensuite facilities.


You will be provided with cooked breakfast daily. Some meals are provided whilst on the field trips.

There are a large number and variety of cafes and restaurants close to the University including campus catering. You can get very reasonably priced meals in the University’s Student Union.

Student Blogs

Hear the experiences of other students on this program

“In class, we were informed that bonfires would be ignited that night around Belfast. Apparently this happens every night before the 12th of July celebrations, and protestant street parties often accompany them. We had a look at the bonfires being built during the day, and found they were mostly made of wooden pallets and tires, with many of them being over 30 metres tall. During the night, my friends watched the events unfold…”
- Tiarne, Bachelor of Journalism. READ MORE


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Belfast, Northern Ireland

Queen’s University is located in the heart of Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital city – a bustling, cosmopolitan city boasting a vibrant social life and rich cultural heritage.

Belfast is one of Europe’s most friendly and fashionable regional capitals. Described by Lonely Planet as a ‘must-see visitor destination’, it was also voted one of the world’s top 10 destinations by National Geographic Traveler in 2012. Referred to as a ‘treasure with an incredible atmosphere’,Belfast offers a variety of cultural, sporting, educational and social opportunities.

Belfast was recently revealed as the most affordable city for students to live and study in, as shown by the 2015 Student Living Index, conducted by NatWest.

Northern Ireland is renowned for its beautiful beaches and coastal scenery and has a fascinating history and cultural heritage that showcases stunning castles, monasteries and historic industry. It is the perfect UK study destination for students who want to easily explore Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe.


Application Information

Applications are now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.

We’ve included for your convenience below the initial stages of the application process.

1. Apply online
2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results
3. We’ll review your results and application and if you are eligible, will invite you to an initial consultation by phone with an advisor.
4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation with an advisor.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 15 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. Once you return any necessary documents (which we’ll advise you of in the consultation), we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, we’ll send you your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
7. Your acceptance pack will contain the course syllabus, steps on applying for credit and funding, and an invoice for the program down payment. Your place is secured once you’ve paid your down payment.

Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.

Students who wish to apply after the official application closing date (2nd April) are required to email or call us directly on (02) 9975 7792. Please note, that late applications are subject to a $100 late fee (inclusive of the $55 phone consultation fee). For more information, please refer to the AIM Overseas Late Application Fee Document.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.